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Biological Psychology

Biological Psychology

Second Edition
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November 2019 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

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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Instructor resources
Animations Teaching Guide
PowerPoint slides
Test Bank
PowerPoint of 'Focus on Methods' boxes

Student resources
Chapter by chapter flashcards
Curated list of external videos
Useful weblinks

This textbook should be of particular interest to undergraduate students as by reading it they will grasp the fundamentals of  brain anatomy and brain functions and then further progress onto areas such as the effects of drug-taking, learning and memory, movement, eating and sleeping behaviours, psychological disorders and more. The book encourages and emphasises the importance of critical thinking and linking research areas, something that will allow students to access the top band of marks.


Nina Avitabile
Psychology Student, Birmingham University

This is an in-depth yet extremely accessible text which will enable students to build confidence in their understanding of a topic which many find challenging in Psychology.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
October 7, 2019

Very detailed, comprehensive and rigorous!

Dr Antonina Pereira
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Chichester University
September 24, 2019

Well set out, easy to follow in sequential order of topics.
Relevant to those who wish to focus on a particular aspect as well being helpful as a source for research project

Mrs Sunita Hensman
Health Education and Care Department, West Herts College
September 24, 2019

- New Chapter 1: What is Biological Psychology
- New Spotlight 6b: Pain
- New 'check your understanding' questions throughout body of text
- New critical thinking insight box and 'critical thinking' questions at the end of each chapter to encourage deeper analysis of biological psychology (often students think biopsych is all about facts and so struggle to think critically about the topic).
- More illustrations added
- Additional pedagogical boxes added (e.g. more Insight boxes)
- Text and pedagogy reviewed and updated throughout
- New content on: sleep patterns and biological rhythms, eating behaviour, stress and health and sexual differences

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