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Biological Psychology / Edition 1

Biological Psychology / Edition 1

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The challenge of teaching bio-psychology is first getting students up to speed with the basic brain functions and terminology, before this can be applied to psychology, and then finally helping them develop critical thinking about the subject. This book uniquely addresses all three of these issues and provides a resource that supports students at each of these different levels of understanding.

Key features include:

• New video animations for the biology chapters and high-quality illustrations throughout, helping students grasp the basic neuroanatomy and microbiology.

• 'Check your understanding' questions in the book and MCQs online help students test their understanding and prepare for assessments.

• Chapters cover the need-to-know topics for psychology students with 'Insight' and 'Focus on Methods' boxes, highlighting these topics' relevance to the real-world.

• Spotlights build on the chapters, delving deeper into contemporary debates, issues and controversies around topical areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obesity and pain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857022622
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Higgs is a Professor in the Psychobiology of Appetite at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Suzanne has a degree in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Suzanne's Ph D work was conducted at the University of Durham on the psychopharmacology of appetite. Suzanne completed post-doctoral work at University of Oxford on the neural bases of learning and memory with Nicholas Rawlins and Susan Greenfield and was then appointed to a lectureship in psychology at the University of Birmingham. Her current position is Professor in the Psychobiology of Appetite.

Dr Alison Cooper is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Programme Director at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. A lifelong interest in biology resulted in Alison Cooper reading for a degree in Natural Sciences. During this a developing interest in neuroscience led to a Ph D in the laboratory of Alan Crossman in the neuroanatomy department at the University of Manchester. The laboratory had a reputation for work elucidating the neuroanatomical and neurochemical basis of basal ganglia an dysfunction, particularly in relation to movement. The behavioural pharmacology aspects of the Ph D required Alison to acquire skills which, at the time, were going out of fashion, but which are now recognised to be deficient in the science base, particularly in relation to drug discovery. Subsequent post doctoral positions continued with the basal ganglia focus and included work on behavioural pharmacology but with a shift in focus to the motivational functions believed to be mediated by these structures. This was followed by a period looking at the electrophysiological properties of neurones of the basal ganglia correlated with their neurochemistry. During the post doctoral phase, Alison was required to undertake some teaching and, to her initial surprise, enjoyed this and actively sought out more teaching opportunities. This led to her being appointed as a teaching fellow at Birmingham which became a lectureship followed by promotion to senior lecturer on the basis of the extent and expertise required for her diverse teaching and administrative role.

Jonathan Lee is a a Reader at the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Jonathan has spent all of his formative years at the University of Cambridge. After completing his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Neuroscience), he undertook a Ph D in the Department of Experimental Psychology under the supervision of Professor Barry Everitt. He continued as a post-doc in Prof Everitt's lab, before becoming a Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology prior to his move to Birmingham in 2008.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is biological psychology?
Chapter 2: Structure and communication in the nervous system
Chapter 3: Drugs and the nervous system: psychopharmacology
Spotlight 3a: Individual differences in drug responses
Chapter 4: Development, degeneration and recovery in the nervous system
Spotlight 4a: Behavioural genetics
Spotlight 4b: Neurodegeneration
Chapter 5: The importance of experience: learning and memory
Spotlight 5a: Memory persistence
Chapter 6: Sensory systems
Spotlight 6a: Retinal spatial processing
Spotlight 6b: Pain
Chapter 7: Motor control
Spotlight 7a: Mirror neurons
Chapter 8: Emotional behaviours
Spotlight 8a: The neural basis of fear
Spotlight 8b: Too much emotion? Post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction
Chapter 9: Motivated behaviours
Spotlight 9a: Sleep disturbances and implications for health
Spotlight 9b: Eating disorders and obesity
Chapter 10: Psychological disorders
Spotlight 10a: Schizophrenia

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