Biological Psychology,
13th Edition

James W. Kalat

ISBN-13: 9781337408202 | ISBN-10: 1337408204

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 624 pages

List Price USD $239.95


The most widely used text in its course area, James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY has appealed to thousands of students before you. Why? Kalat's main goal is to make Biological Psychology understandable to Psychology students, not just to Biology majors and pre meds--and he delivers. Another goal is to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior. Kalat believes that Biological Psychology is "the most interesting topic in the world," and this text convinces many students--and maybe you, too--with clear writing, amusing anecdotes and intriguing examples. MindTap, an interactive online learning resource that integrates the text with videos, animations and a virtual bio-lab component, makes learning even easier and more enjoyable.

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James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught Introduction to Psychology and Biological Psychology courses from 1977 through 2012. He also is the author of BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 13th Edition and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION, 3rd Edition. In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology and other topics. Dr. Kalat served twice as program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science. He received an A.B. degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Major topic additions are a new section about anorexia nervosa (Ch. 9), a new module on intelligence and a new section about navigation and place cells (Ch. 12) and a new section about decision making (Ch. 13).
  • Briefer but important additions include new reasons to be skeptical of explaining adolescent risky behavior in terms of an immature prefrontal cortex (Ch. 4) and new reasons to be skeptical of the central role of dopamine for addictive behaviors (Ch. 14).
  • This edition is updated with more than 550 new references to research from 2014–2017. It also includes many new or revised figures.
  • Try It Yourself exercises illustrate phenomena discussed in the text, such as the blind spot, motion blindness, habit learning, hemispheric interactions and binocular rivalry. By enabling students to experience certain research findings directly, these enjoyable, instructive exercises make it easier to comprehend and remember concepts.
  • Colorful, vivid illustrations in a consistent style throughout the text connect physiological components to concise Biological Psychology explanations, helping students understand challenging concepts.
  • Each module concludes with a list of key terms with page references, one or more questions to provoke thought and discussion and a set of multiple-choice questions to test important points in the module. Most of the multiple-choice questions are new to this edition.
  • Stop and Check self-quizzes at the end of every major section give students the opportunity to review and digest the material they have just read. Answers--presented upside down--immediately follow each question or set of questions.
  • Kalat incorporates the latest research in Biological Psychology, including significant coverage on Neuroscience and Neuropsychology.

Table of Contents

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1. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses.
2. Synapses.
3. Anatomy and Research Methods.
4. Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity.
5. Vision.
6. Other Sensory Systems.
7. Movement.
8. Wakefulness and Sleep.
9. Internal Regulation.
10. Reproductive Behaviors.
11. Emotional Behaviors.
12. Learning, Memory, and Intelligence.
13. Cognitive Functions.
14. Psychological Disorders.
Appendix A: Brief, Basic Chemistry.
Appendix B: Society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use of Animals and Human Subjects in Research.

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Biological Psychology

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