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Brain & Behavior

Brain & Behavior
An Introduction to Biological Psychology

Fourth Edition
  • Bob Garrett - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
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© 2015 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Fourth Edition of Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology showcases our rapidly increasing understanding of the biological foundations of behavior, engaging students immediately with easily accessible content. Bob Garrett uses colorful illustrations and thought-provoking facts while maintaining a “big-picture” approach that students will appreciate. Don’t be surprised when they reach their “eureka” moment and exclaim, “Now I understand what was going on with Uncle Edgar!”

1. What is Biopsychology?
I. Neural Foundations of Behavior: The Basic Equipment
2. Communication Within the Nervous System
3. The Organization and Functions of the Nervous System
4. The Methods and Ethics of Research
II. Motivation and Emotion: What Makes Us Go
5. Drugs, Addiction, and Reward
6. Motivation and the Regulation of Internal States
7. The Biology of Sex and Gender
8. Emotion and Health
III. Interacting With the World
9. Hearing and Language
10. Vision and Visual Perception
11. The Body Senses and Movement
IV. Complex Behavior
12. Learning and Memory
13. Intelligence and Cognitive Functioning
14. Psychological Disorders
15. Sleep and Consciousness


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The text reads like it should—a wonderfully written book. It almost reads like a novel, progressing through the topics with a fluency that is rare. ~ It’s perfect for my students. ~ This book remains head and shoulders above any of the others. ~ There are two key strengths to this text. First, its accuracy is impeccable. I trust this text for current, factual information. Second, as mentioned before, the writing is inviting and easily followed. The flow from topic to topic is seamless and the author brings in information from previous chapters to illustrate the connectedness of the material.

Carol L. DeVolder, St. Ambrose University

Overall, I feel the topic coverage is excellent. It is what a student taking an introductory biological psychology course should walk away with.

William Meil, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Excellent use of artwork, good coverage of a range of topics within each chapter.

M. Foster Olive, Arizona State University

The varied information, and its timeliness is good, especially the news topics that should grab the attention of most students.

Allen Salo, University of Maine at Presque Isle

The text is well organized and has excellent artwork depicting complex brain functions.

Dr. Catherine Powers Ozyurt, Bay Path College
Key features


  • New and updated coverage maintains the text’s scientific rigor with discussion of such topics as chronic pain and its vulnerability factors in the form of brain connectivity, genes and depression; dyslexia’s detectable functional and structural brain anomalies at an early age, before symptoms of poor reading begin, allowing for the opportunity to take remedial action at the beginning of instruction; and new clues to the origins of autism in brain functioning and genetics.
  • A thorough updating of evidence-based research includes over 400 new references to offer the most current coverage of biopsychology today.
  • The text’s hallmark art program includes many new figures and important enhancements to numerous others to improve clarity and accurately reflect the current state of the field.
  • All 19 In the News boxes are new and include discussion of the forward-thinking Human Brain Project, Growing a Model Brain from Stem Cells, Who Chooses a Child’s Sex, and more.
  • 30 Applications, many of which are brand new, include Beyond the Human Genome Project; Neurocriminology, Responsibility, and the Law; Restoring Hearing; and more.
  • Coverage of genetic influence (Chapter 5) is augmented with discussion of such recent developments as the role of GABRA2 gene in alcohol dependence, the Sprx2 gene’s role in promoting the formation of excitatory synapses and contributing to speech, the Mrap2 gene’s connection to severe obesity, and the part the SHH gene might play in male homosexuality.
  • Coverage of forward-thinking new projects dedicated to brain science research includes the Human Connectome Project (to map all the brain’s connections), BigBrain and The Brain Observatory (3-D maps of the brain), and the Human Brain Project (simulation of brain activity by a computer).
  • A completely revised Student Study Guide provides additional opportunities for practice and self-testing to develop a complete understanding of the material. Features include short answer/essay questions, and post-test multiple choice questions. Save your students money! Bundle the guide with the main text. Use Bundle ISBN: 978-1-4833-1832-5.
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  • Clear and compelling presentations and an outstanding art program simplify complex material.
  • Coverage of genetic influence includes discussion of epigenetic contributions to aggression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and mental/emotional disorders.
  • A real-life application of neuroscience includes the promise of gene and stem cell treatments for deafness, blindness, chronic pain, spinal cord injury, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  • The role of brain connectivity as a factor in cognitive performance and intelligence (Chapter 12) is discussed, as well as its role in disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and even chronic pain.
  • 19 in-chapter In the News boxes provide frequent real-life examples and illustrative case studies of brain behavior that draw students into the material.
  • A total of 30 Applications throughout (many of which are new or updated from the previous edition) take the reader beyond the text and highlight why research matters.
  • Coverage of drugs and addiction and discussion of intelligence appear in distinct chapters for special emphasis.
  • Unique coverage of consciousness appears in Chapter 15.
  • End-of-chapter study resources such as For Further Thought, For Further Reading, and Testing Your Understanding quizzes encourage learning and self-assessment.

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ISBN: 9781452260952