AE Discovering Behavioral Neuroscience: An Introduction to Biological Psychology,
4th Edition

Laura A. Freberg

ISBN-13: 9789814834544 | ISBN-10: 9814834548

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 692 pages

List Price USD $239.95


With comprehensive, authoritative coverage and student-centered pedagogy, DISCOVERING BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is ideal for a broad range of students taking a beginning undergraduate course in behavioral neuroscience, biological psychology, or physiological psychology. Updated to reflect current thinking in the field, the fourth edition provides a foundational understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system and its relationship to both typical and disordered human behavior. Author Laura Freberg -- who has more than 30 years of teaching experience at schools ranging from community colleges to the Ivy League -- presents classic concepts, current topics, and cutting-edge research in a style that is both accessible to beginning students and appealing to students with stronger backgrounds. Also available: MindTap.

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Laura A. Freberg is professor of psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches Introductory Psychology and Biological Psychology courses, both online and face-to-face. She also enjoys experimenting with technology and social media in the classroom. Dr. Freberg's teaching career began when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. She has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center three times (1991, 1994 and 2009) for her work with students with disabilities. A past president of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Dr. Freberg is the current psychology consultant for The New York Times InEducation program. She has authored four editions of DISCOVERING BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Cengage), and with John Cacioppo, she co-authored three editions of DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF MIND (Cengage). In addition, she is lead author of RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE (TopHat Monocle). She received her Ph.D. from UCLA.

  • Chapter Integration: To emphasize how the material fits together and to promote elaborative rehearsal, the author references other chapters relevant to the topic at hand. In MindTap, these references take the form of hyperlinks, allowing readers to easily refer to other parts of the book and review if necessary before proceeding to new material.
  • Review Quizzes: MindTap, the online learning experience available with the text, includes review quizzes for each main heading and a comprehensive quiz at the end of each chapter.
  • Accessible Writing Style: Students and instructors from community colleges through the top R1 universities like the accessible writing style used in this textbook. The text is also widely adopted in non-English-speaking countries, which suggests that the writing style is manageable for students who don't speak English as a first language.
  • Interim Summaries: Each chapter features two to three interim summaries that allow students to catch their breath and check their mastery of the material before proceeding. These summaries present important points keyed to the chapter learning objectives and review questions. The majority also include a table that pulls together key concepts from the previous section.
  • Learning Objectives and Chapter Outlines: Each chapter begins with learning objectives designed to tap into higher levels of Bloom's taxonomy, as well as an outline of the chapter's content. These features prepare students to read more productively by familiarizing them with main terms and concepts to be covered.
  • Key Terms: A list of key terms at the end of each chapter, with page references, helps students focus their learning. Given that behavioral neuroscience can often seem more like a foreign language course than a science course, students benefit from guidance regarding which terms to prioritize.
  • Clear, Large, Carefully Labeled Illustrations: Medical-quality anatomical illustrations help students visualize the structures and processes discussed in the text. The illustrations are augmented by online animations (available in MindTap) that help students grasp processes over time, such as the propagation of action potentials down the length of an axon.
  • Chapter Review: End-of-chapter thought questions can also serve as essay or discussion prompts. The Chapter Reviews also include the lists of key terms, with page references.
  • Boxed Features: Each chapter includes four types of boxed features designed to promote critical thinking and engage students: Thinking Ethically, Connecting to Research, Behavioral Neuroscience Goes to Work, and Building Better Health.
  • Margin Glossary: The author regularly provides margin definitions for many difficult terms -- many more than some other texts that include margin definitions for key terms only.

Table of Contents

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1. What Is Behavioral Neuroscience?
2. Functional Neuroanatomy and the Evolution of the Nervous System.
3. Neurophysiology: The Structure and Functions of the Cells of the Nervous System.
4. Psychopharmacology.
5. Genetics and the Development of the Human Brain.
6. Vision.
7. Nonvisual Sensation and Perception.
8. Movement.
9. Homeostasis, Motivation, and Reward.
10. Sexual Behavior.
11. Sleep and Waking.
12. Learning and Memory.
13. Cognition.
14. Emotion, Aggression, and Stress.
15. Neuropsychology.
16. Psychopathology.

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AE Discovering Behavioral Neuroscience: An Introduction to Biological Psychology

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