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Dr. James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is the most widely used text in the course area, and for good reason: an extremely high level of scholarship, clear and occasionally humorous writing style, and precise examples. Throughout all eleven editions, Kalat's goal has been to make biological psychology accessible to psychology students, not just to biology majors and pre-meds. Another goal has been to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior, and Kalat delivers. Updated with new topics, examples, and recent research findings--and supported by new online bio-labs, part of the strongest media package yet--this text speaks to today's students and instructors.

James W. Kalat, North Carolina State University

James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught courses in Introduction to Psychology and Biological Psychology from 1977 through 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (11th Edition) and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION (3rd Edition). In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of Psychology and other topics. He was twice the program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science.
  • The Eleventh Edition has been carefully updated throughout with new topics, new examples, and hundreds of new references.
  • New or revised coverage includes topics such as severe anxiety disorders, seasonal variation of eating habits, the importance of genetics in learning language, diagnosis of schizophrenia, antidepressant drug therapy, new brain cell formation following brain damage, addiction, and the biochemical basis of the action potential.
  • Studies that students will find to be of particular interest include one that explains why women have more touch sensitivity than men, and another finding--in a new section on social pain--that Tylenol can relieve hurt feelings.
  • An all-new interior design with numerous new and revised figures makes the text more appealing and student-friendly than ever.
  • A strong ancillary package now includes a robust online bio-lab component.
  • Kalat's text incorporates the latest research in biological psychology, including significant coverage on neuroscience and neuropsychology.
  • Colorful, vivid illustrations in a consistent style throughout the text connect physiological components to concise biological psychology explanations, helping students understand challenging concepts.
  • Applications and Extensions bring practical meaning and better understanding to important topics. Topics include people with four cone types, "goose bumps" and "fight or flight," suppressed vision during eye movements, and an exploration of the sensation of tickle and the somatosensory receptors.
  • Try It Yourself exercises illustrate phenomena discussed in the text. By allowing students to experience certain research findings directly, these enjoyable, instructive exercises make it easier to comprehend and remember concepts.
  • Stop and Check self-quizzes at the end of every major section give students the opportunity to review and digest the material they have just read. Answers--presented upside down--immediately follow each question or set of questions.
1. The Major Issues.
2. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses.
3. Synapses.
4. Anatomy of the Nervous System.
5. Development and Plasticity of the Brain.
6. Vision.
7. The Other Sensory Systems.
8. Movement.
9. Wakefulness and Sleep.
10. Internal Regulation.
11. Reproductive Behaviors.
12. Emotional Behaviors.
13. The Biology of Learning and Memory.
14. Cognitive Functions.
15. Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia.
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