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Discovering Biological Psychology, 2nd Edition

  • Laura A. Freberg
  • ISBN-10: 0547177798  |  ISBN-13: 9780547177793
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $226.50
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With its comprehensive, authoritative coverage and student-centered pedagogy, DISCOVERING BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2nd Edition is ideal for a broad range of students taking a beginning undergraduate course in biological or physiological psychology. The book provides a foundational understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system and its relationship to both typical and disordered human behavior. Written by an author with nearly 30 years of teaching experience at schools ranging from community colleges to the Ivy League, this text 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. As a result, the book allows instructors to teach a rigorous course that does not oversimplify the material, while keeping students excited and engaged. Reviewers have praised the text's clear narrative, high-interest examples, pedagogy, and purposeful art program. The Second Edition is supported by a comprehensive and contemporary media package that includes animations, videos, lectures and an image gallery on Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, student response system content, and a time-saving online homework and course management system.

Features and Benefits

  • The text balances readability and student appeal with strong scholarship, completeness of coverage, and currency. Freberg engages interest with examples that include, in her words, "spicy tidbits like black widow spider venom and hallucinating monkeys."
  • Cohesive, student-centered pedagogy—which guides students with diverse learning needs through complex scientific concepts—includes chapter-opening outlines and learning objectives, pronunciation guides for key terms (which are defined in the text's margins when introduced), Interim Summaries, and Chapter Reviews with Thought Questions.
  • An effective illustration program supports and clarifies the content. Many key figures and combinations of figures are animated in CengageNOW™ for DISCOVERING BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2nd Edition.
  • New Directions sections in each chapter provide a look at emerging areas of discovery in biological psychology. New topics include cerebral asymmetry and schizophrenia, light pollution, genetically modified mice and addiction, and neuroscientists' search for self-awareness in the brain.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Biological Psychology.
2. The Anatomy and Evolution of the Nervous System.
3. 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. Motivation: The Regulation of Temperature, Thirst, and Hunger.
10. Sexual Behavior.
11. Sleep and Waking.
12. Learning and Memory.
13. Lateralization, Language, and Intelligence.
14. Emotion, Reward, Aggression, Stress.
15. Neurological Disorders.
16. Psychological Disorders.

What's New

  • Updated with the most current research, the Second Edition includes nearly 1,000 new references, about half of which are dated 2006 or later.
  • New and updated content includes expanded coverage of stem cells, genetics, Alzheimer's disease, oxytocin and social behavior, psychopathy, stress and memory, and decision-making. New topics include mirror neurons and their role in movement, empathy, language, and autism; and von Economo neurons and their implications for evolution. Other new topics are models of brain development during adolescence and young adulthood, with an emphasis on implications for psychological disorders, decision-making, and the juvenile justice system; and the implications of artificial light on sleep, obesity, and health.
  • Why Does This Matter? boxes in each chapter show students how biological psychology is relevant in their daily lives. Topics include "The Hazards of Designer Drugs" (Chapter 4), "Daytime Sleepiness" (Chapter 11), and "Anger Management" (Chapter 14).
  • Interim Summaries now appear more often (after every major section). Many are expanded to include table summaries that highlight key information in an easy-to-absorb fashion. Summary points are keyed to Learning Objectives listed at the beginning of the chapter.
  • A short, alphabetized list of key terms (with page references) appears at the end of each chapter to aid in study and review. As in the previous edition, key terms are defined in the book's margins when introduced.

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All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 054717795X | ISBN-13: 9780547177953)

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Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0547177879 | ISBN-13: 9780547177878)

The Test Bank contains over 2,400 multiple-choice questions and more than 400 short answer and essay questions, many written by Laura Freberg and piloted in her classes. New are sets of illustration-based test items (multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions) that contain black-and-white versions of figures in the text.

Guest Lecture Psychology DVD Volume 1 & 2  (ISBN-10: 054700401X | ISBN-13: 9780547004013)

The Guest Lecture Series features many talented teachers sharing their teaching tips and best practices on a wide range of topics, including: Rational Emotive Behavior Theory, Blogging as an Effective Tool, Demonstrations on Taste, Dramatizing Perspectives in Psychology, How to Teach Writing in Psychology, and more.

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Cengage Learning eBook  (ISBN-10: 1439036225 | ISBN-13: 9781439036228)

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CengageNOW with eBook, InfoTrac® 1-Semester, Psychology Resource Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495809047 | ISBN-13: 9780495809043)

CengageNOW is an online teaching and learning resource that accompanies your text-book, allowing you to organize your assignments and deliver better course results for you! – NOW. Proven benefits of the program include: • Online Homework - Homework that is auto-graded and provides instant feedback for students • Test Bank – allowing you to test your knowledge • Full Color e-Book – allowing you to highlight and search for key terms • Teaching and learning resource – Complete, online courses, customized assignments, quizzing opportunities to test your knowledge, instant grading feedback, and tracking your progress all in one intuitive program. • Flexibility and Control – Your instructor has the ability to customize assignments and grade-book options to best suit the needs of the class as you progress through the course. • Better course results – Many CengageNow products include a diagnostic Personalized Study Plan to accompany your text (featuring a chapter-specific Pre-test, Study Plan, and Post-test) allowing you to master concepts, prepare for exams, and get a better grade

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Blackboard/WebCT - Discovering Biological Psychology, 2nd  (ISBN-10: 0547177801 | ISBN-13: 9780547177809)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Laura A. Freberg

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. Laura'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. Laura serves as the Content Expert Writer for Psychology for Answers.com and as the Bylaws and Archives Committee Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience. She is a member of the editorial board for Leadership Quarterly. 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).