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Brain & Behavior

Brain & Behavior
An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Fifth Edition
  • Bob Garrett - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
  • Gerald Hough - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
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November 2017 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Ignite your students’ excitement about behavioral neuroscience with Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience, Fifth Edition by best-selling author Bob Garrett and new co-author Gerald Hough. Garrett and Hough make the field accessible by inviting students to explore key theories and scientific discoveries using detailed illustrations and immersive examples as their guide. Spotlights on case studies, current events, and research findings help students make connections between the material and their own lives. A study guide, revised artwork, new animations, and an interactive eBook stimulate deep learning and critical thinking.

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About the Authors
Chapter 1. What Is Behavioral Neuroscience?
The Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience  
Nature and Nurture  
PART I. Neural Foundations of Behavior: The Basic Equipment
Chapter 2. Communication Within the Nervous System
The Cells That Make Us Who We Are  
How Neurons Communicate With Each Other  
Chapter 3. The Organization and Functions of the Nervous System
The Central Nervous System  
The Peripheral Nervous System  
Development and Change in the Nervous System  
Chapter 4. The Methods and Ethics of Research
Science, Research, and Theory  
Research Techniques  
Research Ethics  
PART II. Motivation and Emotion: What Makes Us Go
Chapter 5. Drugs, Addiction, and Reward
Psychoactive Drugs  
The Role of Genes in Addiction  
Chapter 6. Motivation and the Regulation of Internal States
Motivation and Homeostasis  
Hunger: A Complex Drive  
Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder  
Chapter 7. The Biology of Sex and Gender
Sex as a Form of Motivation  
The Biological Determination of Sex  
Gender-Related Behavioral and Cognitive Differences  
Biological Origins of Gender Identity  
Sexual Orientation  
Chapter 8. Emotion and Health
Emotion and the Nervous System  
Stress, Immunity, and Health  
Biological Origins of Aggression  
PART III. Interacting With the World
Chapter 9. Hearing and Language
Chapter 10. Vision and Visual Perception
Light and the Visual Apparatus  
Color Vision  
Form Vision  
The Perception of Objects, Color, and Movement  
Chapter 11. The Body Sense and Movement
The Body Senses  
PART IV. Complex Behavior
Chapter 12. Learning and Memory
Learning as the Storage of Memories  
Brain Changes in Learning  
Learning Deficiencies and Disorders  
Chapter 13. Intelligence and Cognitive Functioning
The Nature of Intelligence  
The Biological Origins of Intelligence  
Deficiencies and Disorders of Intelligence  
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder  
Chapter 14. Psychological Disorders
Affective Disorders  
Anxiety, Trauma, and Stress-Related Disorders  
Personality Disorders  
Chapter 15. Sleep and Consciousness
Sleep and Dreaming  
The Neural Bases of Consciousness  
Author Index
Subject Index


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“My students like this book and often tell me that this is one text they will keep. I think it is a standout among countless other texts. Garrett, Hough, and their collaborators have produced a very important and effective textbook.”  

Dr. Robert Faux
Duquesne University

“The writing style is great as it is easy to read. The numerous illustrations provide great discussion and teaching topics in the classroom.” 

Andrea L.O. Hebb
Dalhousie University

“Each chapter tells a story that the students can follow in a very systematic way with good flow in the writing style. . . . I especially like the In Perspective sections which provide current research insight for students wishing to enter the field.”  

Dr. Lorenz S. Neuwirth,
SUNY College at Old Westbury

“I believe the various ancillaries of the text and website that discuss everyday aspects and applications of biological psychology increase the effectiveness and retention of the information for students.”  

Kurt T. Choate
Northeastern State University

"I find the clinical applications most impressive."

Andrea L.O. Hebb
Dalhousie University

"The perspectives and the visual imagery in the book are wonderful."

Dr. Lorenz S. Neuwirth,
SUNY College at Old Westbury:

"It really engages the students to look over the supplemental materials and get the most out of their learning experience."

Dr. Bryant Horowitz
East Los Angeles College; California State University, Northridge; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

"The current events and supplemental information that makes you think and incites critical thinking really put this book at an advantage. Concept checks and other things that allow you to go beyond the scope of what is presented is a plus, and there are a myriad of supplemental options for the student who may not comprehend it as much as others."

Dr. Bryant Horowitz
East Los Angeles College; California State University, Northridge; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Key features


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  • All-new In the News examples link research to everyday aspects and applications of biological psychology with thought-provoking questions to stimulate critical thinking.
  • A new Research Spotlight feature uncovers the inner workings of the research influencing our world.
  • Hundreds of new research articles reflect the most up-to-date coverage of behavioral neuroscience from the recent unparalleled activity in the neurosciences.
  • Content on the most prominent trends and the latest advances in the field, including an increasing understanding of the genetics of behavior and neural connectivity and networks.
  • New co-author Gerald Hough, a contributor to the fourth edition, brings an additional perspective and wealth of knowledge to the book.
  • Newly developing treatments include the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and memory inhibiting drugs to fight addiction and the treatment of Alzheimer's disease with nerve growth factor, brain-growth neurotrophic factor, and the drug aducanumab, which are in phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3 clinical trials, respectively.
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  • 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.
  • Applications throughout take students beyond the text and highlight why research matters.
  • Chapter-concluding In Perspective sections provide a personal touch from the authors to  helping student understand how the material relates to their own lives.
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