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Discovering Behavioral Neuroscience: An Introduction to Biological Psychology 3rd Edition

Laura A. Freberg

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With its comprehensive, authoritative coverage and student-centered pedagogy, DISCOVERING BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is ideal for a broad range of students taking a beginning undergraduate course in biological or physiological psychology. Retitled to reflect the increasing importance of neuroscience, the third edition provides a foundational understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system and its relationship to typical and disordered human behavior. The author presents classic concepts, current topics, and cutting-edge research in a style that is both accessible to beginning and less-prepared students and appealing to students with stronger backgrounds.

Laura A. Freberg, California Polytechnic State University

Laura A. Freberg (Ph.D., UCLA) is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception. Dr. Freberg's teaching career began when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. To better understand the needs of the online education community, she also teaches a variety of psychology courses for Argosy University Online. Laura has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center three times (1991, 1994, and 2009) for her work with students with disabilities. She enjoys using technology and social media in the classroom, and is a Google Glass Explorer. She serves as the President-elect of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Content Expert Writer for Psychology for, and as the Bylaws and Archives Committee Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience. With John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago, she is the co-author of two editions of DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF MIND (Cengage Learning). She is also author of four editions of DISCOVERING BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Cengage Learning) and RESEARCH METHODS (TopHat Monocle).

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  • Margin Glossary: The author regularly provides margin definitions for many difficult terms-many more than some other texts that include margin definitions for key terms only.
  • Key Terms: The author provides a concise list of key terms, with page references, to help students focus their learning. Given that behavioral neuroscience can often seem more like a foreign language course than a science course, students benefit from guidance regarding which terms should be prioritized.
  • Interim Summaries: Each chapter features two to three interim summaries that allow students to catch their breath and check their mastery of the material before proceeding. These summaries present important points keyed to the chapter learning objectives and review questions. Most interim summaries also include a helpful table that pulls together key concepts from the previous section in one convenient place.
  • Boxed Features: Each chapter includes four new types of boxed features designed to promote critical thinking and engage students: Thinking Ethically, Connecting to Research, Behavioral Neuroscience Goes to Work, and Building Better Health.
  • Chapter Integration: To emphasize how the material fits together and to promote elaborative rehearsal, the author makes references to other chapters relevant to the topic at hand. In the electronic form of the textbook, these references take the form of hyperlinks, allowing readers to refer to other parts of the book and review if necessary before proceeding to new material.
  • Chapter Review: End-of-chapter thought questions can also serve as essay or discussion prompts. The Chapter Reviews also include the lists of key terms, with page references.
  • Practice Tests: In MindTap™, the online learning experience available with the text, practice tests are provided for each main heading with a comprehensive practice test at the end of each chapter.
  • Accessible Writing Style: Students and instructors from community colleges through the top R1 universities like the accessible writing style used in this textbook. The textbook is also widely adopted in non-English-speaking countries, which suggests that the writing style is manageable for those for whom English is not a first language.
  • Clear, Large, Carefully Labeled Illustrations: The medical-quality anatomical illustrations help students visualize the structures and processes discussed in each part of the textbook. The illustrations in the textbook are augmented by a set of online animations (available in MindTap™) that help the student grasp processes over time, such as the propagation of action potentials down the length of an axon.
  • Learning Objectives and Chapter Outlines: Each chapter begins with a concise set of learning objectives designed to tap into higher levels of Bloom's taxonomy, as well as an outline of the chapter's content. These features prepare students to read more productively by familiarizing them with main terms and concepts to be covered.

Discovering Behavioral Neuroscience: An Introduction to Biological Psychology


1. What Is Behavioral Neuroscience?
2. Functional Neuroanatomy and the Evolution of the Nervous System.
3. Neurophysiology: The Structure and Functions of the Cells of the Nervous System.
4. Psychopharmacology.
5. Genetics and the Development of the Human Brain.
6. Vision.
7. Nonvisual Sensation and Perception.
8. Movement.
9. Homeostasis and Motivation.
10. Sexual Behavior.
11. Sleep and Waking.
12. Learning and Memory.
13. Hemispheric Assymetry, Language, and Intelligence.
14. Emotion, Reward, Aggression, and Stress.
15. Neuropsychology.
16. Psychopathology.

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Online Instructor's Manual

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This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®

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Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text.

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