Summary: This #1 best-seller has successfully introduced thousands of students to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. This Eighth Edition redefines the high standard set by previous editions. It offers the best balance of rigor and accessibility, the most current research, and the most thorough technology integration available for your course--all presented within a unique modular format that supports student mastery and provides instructors with maximu...show morem teaching flexibility. In every chapter, Kalat accurately portrays biopsychology as a dynamic and empirical field in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. He captures readers' interest with the latest biological psychology findings, such as how gingko biloba claims to aid memory and coverage of the hypothesis that humans' mate choice patterns are influenced by natural selection. Throughout, the author's goal is not only to convey information, but also to convey his excitement about and dedication to the subject.
NEW! Included FREE with every new copy of the text is a book-specific Biological Psychology CD-ROM that contains simulations, virtual reality videos, animated art, and quizzing.
NEW! In Chapter 14, Kalat has extensively revised his coverage of dyslexia.
The text's modular format includes 2-5 modules per chapter for easy chunking and frequent review.
This is a flexible format for professors who want to skip certain sections or reorder them.
Visually, this text continues to bring content to life through colorful, rich illustrations that reflect the vibrant nature of biological psychology. Kalat's attention to detail makes it easy for students to visualize even the most complex concepts.
Try It Yourself experiments embedded in the text offer students the opportunity to experience certain research findings directly. For example, students learn about the functions of the parietal lobe by trying to watch their own eyes move in a mirror and finding out it is impossible.
Key Terms appear in blue and are defined where they appear in the text with definitions highlighted.
Their boldface type presentation draws attention to their importance, helping students to master new terminology.
Stop and Check review questions help students test their knowledge, and appear at the end of each main section.
Methods boxes help students understand and appreciate research in biological psychology.
Integrated throughout the text, these boxes are placed in chapters where the methodology is first introduced. For example, PET Scans are discussed in Module 3.3, "Synapses, Abused Drugs, and Behavior."
NEW! Several hundred new references from recent research give instructors and students the most current findings in biological psychology. Examples include: a substantial new section on the hypothesis that men's and women's mate choice patterns are influenced by natural selection; a new research discussion showing evidence that caffeine protects against Parkinson's disease; a new study that partially replicates LeVay's findings of a difference between homosexual and heterosexual men in the anatomy of their anterior hypothalamus; and a new discussion of gingko biloba and other "nutritional supplements" that claim to aid memory.
Each semester, Kalat sends out "Research Updates" describing hot findings in areas covered by the book.
Four months of free access to InfoTrac® College Edition is automatically packaged with the text. Students have 24-hour-a-day, online access to full text articles (not just abstracts) from thousands of quality sources--making research and paper-writing easier.
NEW! Kalat has reorganized throughout and added new content to better meet the needs of today's students and to reflect recent research. For example, in Chapter 7, he offers a new module on attention (including material on neglect that was previously in Chapter 4, "Anatomy of the Nervous System"). He also has significantly expanded his section on attention deficit disorder; moved coverage of drugs from Chapter 3 to Chapter 15; and moved coverage of hormones from Chapter 3 to Chapter 11.
NEW! The discussion of sociobiology (evolutionary psychology) has been expanded. Cross-references to later chapters show students how different topics are integrated within the field.
NEW! Many new Try-It-Yourself exercises are included to help students apply concepts to their own lives.
NEW! For example, new exercises show how peripheral vision is impaired by interfering patterns, how negative color afterimages depend on comparisons across the whole object (not just local retinal interactions), and how brightness constancy can produce amazingly powerful illusions.
NEW! More critical thinking focus in Stop and Checks features (found at the end of each module) challenge students to digest the information. In addition, end-of-chapter reviews pull all of the chapter's content together.
NEW! Web sites are identified within the text to encourage students to investigate further. In addition, these Web sites point toward review materials for the chapter. For example, one Web link goes to a site that gives a simple review of the basics about resting potential and action potential.
NEW! Chapter 4 includes a new module on methods of research into nervous system function.
Edition/Copyright:8TH 04 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Wadsworth, Inc Published: 07/04/2003 International: No
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Kalat, James W. : North Carolina State University
"I initially chose (Kalat's book) years ago, primarily because of its readability. Since then, I have used other texts but find myself always coming back to Kalat. It includes many high-quality figures and tables that aid in understanding the text and in maintaining student interest."
-- Susan Anderson, University of Southern Alabama
"Kalat has done a remarkable job of integrating core principles with leading-edge research published in top journals. He has found a nice balance between breadth and depth. ... The amount of work involved in this text is commendable and impressive. I also like the care in drawing conclusions from the studies."
-- Jeffrey Stowell, Eastern Illinois University
"The book is a very good 'lecture starter,' and I know that students who have read the material prior to the lecture have had a very good introduction to the topic. ... One year I had a couple of students who were interested in one of the pictures. . . . I was in a hurry and not in the mood to answer questions about meerkats so I quickly said, "Well, Kalat has his email address in there, why don't you ask him?" and I went on with my lecture. To my surprise, the students actually e-mailed Dr. Kalat and he answered them, telling them he had taken the picture personally and relating the story about how he had gotten the photograph. I was very pleased and the students thought it was great to have the author of the book respond to them."
-- Mike Havens, Montana State University
"This edition builds on the strengths of previous editions of this excellent textbook. Introductions to each chapter are engaging. The subject matter is covered thoroughly, while simultaneously minimizing details and jargon that are better suited for a more advanced class. The student's understanding of the concepts is enhanced through clear analogies and examples that students can visualize or try themselves. References to published articles and overviews are well-chosen and up to date. The inclusion of references to Web sites provides an excellent opportunity for students to follow up on topics of interest immediately, when their curiosity is piqued, from their dorm rooms and home computers."
-- Heywood Petry, University of Louisville
"I think that Kalat successfully walks the narrow line of an introductory text, between sufficient description and overwhelming detail. He has not succumbed to the temptation to make each edition larger to accommodate new developments. Much of the material in the text is new to psychology students, and many find the course intimidating. For those who are struggling, I seldom hear the text being blamed for their difficulty."
-- Richard Bruce, University of Alaska, Anchorage
"I read Kalat ... as an undergraduate and was profoundly influenced by the book and the class. Kalat's textbook is obviously one of the best available, and in its Eighth Edition is as solid as they come. Each chapter is thoroughly readable and almost always interesting. The author does a superb job of relating sometimes excruciatingly complex information in a painless, intelligible, and reader-friendly manner. Students benefit from Dr. Kalat's casual (yet professional) presentations and are motivated to learn more through the liberal use of a 'story-telling' style. This edition is rich with fascinating new information from the neurosciences, teaching not just today's students but even longtime professors in the discipline a number of new and intriguing things along the way."
-- Allen Butt, California State University, San Bernardino
"This is a well-written, well-thought-out text. The writing is crisp and clean. The material is easy to follow and should be comprehensible to most students. It covers a wide variety of topics with enough detail to make them interesting but not so much as to lose the reader; at no time does the author lose sight of the fact that this is a text on the biological basis of psychology. ... The strength of these chapters lies in the way that they are presented. The topics are necessarily broad but the author has been able to narrow his focus to critical aspects. He gives enough information to make the material understandable without obscuring the important concepts with needless minutia and details. Whenever possible, the author has attempted to include real-world examples and 'try-it-yourself' experiments. The chapters are arranged in such a manner as to allow students to comprehend the subject matter in nice small pieces."
-- James Goss, University of Pittsburgh
"I have been teaching courses in biological psychology for nearly thirty years and have used many of Kalat's previous editions-including the Seventh. Over the years, I have consistently found Kalat's text to be the best available text for use in required physiological psychology courses which enroll students of varying interests and abilities. . . . The text is well-written, complete, accurate, and interesting. The modular approach allows students to better organize their study, feel a sense of accomplishment when completing each section, and breaks up the study of what is sometimes very challenging terminology and technical information. . . . In addition, the frequent study aids, featured information, and 'Try It Yourself' exercises should create interest and demonstrate the personal relevance of the material. ... The breadth of coverage is excellent for an undergraduate course. All major areas of the field are introduced with appropriate coverage of the research. The addition of many current references, including many 2002 articles, is excellent."
-- Michael Reich, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
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1. The Major Issues. 2. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses. 3. Communication at Synapses. 4. Anatomy of the Nervous System. 5. Development and Plasticity of the Brain. 6. Vision. 7. The Other Sensory Systems, and Attention. 8. Movement. 9. Wakefulness and Sleep. 10. Internal Regulation. 11. Reproductive Behaviors. 12. Emotional Behaviors. 13. The Biology of Learning and Memory. 14. Lateralization and Language. 15. Psychological Disorders. Appendix A: Brief, Basic Chemistry. Appendix B: Society for Neuroscience policies on the Use of Animals and Human Subjects in Neuroscience Research.
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