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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, a clear writing style with amusing anecdotes, and precise examples. Throughout all 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 the interactive learning tools provided in the MindTap™ online learning platform--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.
  • This edition is updated throughout with over 600 new references, more than 85% of them from 2011 or later, and many new or revised illustrations.
  • Chapter 10 (Reproductive Behaviors) has a new section on how sex hormones affect non-sexual behaviors. The section on activating effects of hormones is reorganized in terms of males vs. females instead of rodents vs. humans.
  • Chapter 11 (Emotional Behavior) begins with a reorganized and reconsidered discussion of the relationship between emotion and autonomic arousal. A new section is titled, "Do People Have a Limited Number of Basic Emotions?" An expanded treatment of reconsolidation relates it to the possibility of alleviating learned fears.
  • Chapter 13 (Cognitive Functions) has a new short module on social neuroscience. It also has a new discussion of what Michael Gazzaniga calls "the interpreter," the tendency of the left hemisphere to invent explanations, correct or not, for unconsciously influenced behaviors.
  • New, revised, and expanded content reflects the rapid progress in biological psychology. For example, there's expanded treatment of optogenetics (Ch. 3), synesthesia (Ch. 6), sex hormones (Ch. 10), addictions (Ch. 14), and autism spectrum disorders (Ch. 14), among many other topics.
  • Organizational changes reflect changes in the field. The module on genetics and evolution of behavior has been moved from Chapter 1 to the chapter on development (Ch. 4). The remainder of the first chapter (introduction to the field, concept of mind-body monism, job opportunities, ethics of animal research, etc.) is now labeled "Introduction." Material about how drugs exert their effects is integrated into the second module of the Synapses chapter (Ch. 2). Discussion of addictions, previously in the Synapses chapter, is now a module in the chapter on Psychological Disorders (Ch. 14).
  • A new set of multiple-choice review questions appears at the end of each module, offering additional opportunities for students to check their understanding.
  • The new MindTap for Kalat Biological Psychology engages students through interactive multimedia activities, animations, quizzes and discussion. The MindTap learning path moves students through Bloom’s taxonomy utilizing formative and summative assessment, videos, and animations; which provide first-rate animations and simulated lab experiences that illustrate biological processes.
  • Chapter 4 (Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity) now includes a short section on brain evolution. The discussion of behavioral evolution now acknowledges that group selection is sometimes plausible. Important updates are added to the discussions of new neurons in the adult brain, fetal alcohol syndrome, and brain changes in adulthood.
  • Chapter 5 (Vision) is rearranged at the start to emphasize a fundamental point that one-third of college students miss, sometimes even after taking courses in physics, perception, and biological psychology: We see because light enters the eyes, not because we send out sight rays. This chapter also has a revised description of the distinction between the ventral and dorsal pathways.
  • Chapter 6 (Other Sensory Systems) has a new section on the role of attention in hearing loss, and a new study showing that some people developed synesthesia by playing with colored refrigerator magnets during childhood.
  • Chapter 7 (Movement) has a substantial revision of the section about the basal ganglia, stressing their role in motivating movements.
  • 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. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses.
2. Synapses.
3. Anatomy and Research Methods.
4. Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity.
5. Vision.
6. Other Sensory Systems.
7. Movement.
8. Wakefulness and Sleep.
9. Internal Regulation.
10. Reproductive Behaviors.
11. Emotional Behaviors.
12. The Biology of Learning and Memory.
13. Cognitive Functions.
14. Psychological Disorders.
Appendix A: Brief, Basic Chemistry.
Appendix B: Society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use of Animals and Human Subjects in Research.
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