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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 w 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 maximum 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.


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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 w 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 maximum 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.

30 review for Biological Psychology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    Absolutely one of the best textbooks I ever read! Another favorite and a book I will never part with.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly Interlandi

    I didn't think it was possible to love a textbook this much. I didn't think it was possible to love a textbook this much.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Edit: funfact time, brought to you by this book. -"Hamsters sometimes hibernate. If you keep your pet hamster in a cool, dimly, lit place during the winter, and it appears to have died, make sure that it is not just hibernating before you bury it!" -"Vasopressin is also knows as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) because it enables the kidneys to reabsorb water from urine and therefore make the urine more concentrated. You cannot succeed as well as gerbils, however. Gerbils can drink ocean water, and we c Edit: funfact time, brought to you by this book. -"Hamsters sometimes hibernate. If you keep your pet hamster in a cool, dimly, lit place during the winter, and it appears to have died, make sure that it is not just hibernating before you bury it!" -"Vasopressin is also knows as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) because it enables the kidneys to reabsorb water from urine and therefore make the urine more concentrated. You cannot succeed as well as gerbils, however. Gerbils can drink ocean water, and we certainly cannot." Awesome. Maybe if all science textbooks used rodent examples, I'd have an easier time reading 'em. I find it very well written, interesting, and easy to understand - and I'm horrible at comprehending science (provided I read slowly enough to understand what's going on, and take notes, it takes me about 3 hours per chapter). Good job Mr. Kalat.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teo 2050

    2014.09.01–2016.04.24 Contents Kalat JW (2015) Biological Psychology (12e) Introduction • The Biological Approach to Behavior • • The Field of Biological Psychology • • Three Main Points to Remember from This Book • Biological Explanations of Behavior • Career Opportunities • The Use of Animals in Research • • Degrees of Opposition • IN CLOSING: Your Brain and Your Experience 01. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses • Module 1.1: The Cells of the Nervous System • • Neurons and Glia • • • Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Pi 2014.09.01–2016.04.24 Contents Kalat JW (2015) Biological Psychology (12e) Introduction • The Biological Approach to Behavior • • The Field of Biological Psychology • • Three Main Points to Remember from This Book • Biological Explanations of Behavior • Career Opportunities • The Use of Animals in Research • • Degrees of Opposition • IN CLOSING: Your Brain and Your Experience 01. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses • Module 1.1: The Cells of the Nervous System • • Neurons and Glia • • • Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Pioneer of Neuroscience • • • The Structures of an Animal Cell • • • The Structure of a Neuron • • • Variations among Neurons • • • Glia • • The Blood–Brain Barrier • • • Why We Need a Blood–Brain Barrier • • • How the Blood–Brain Barrier Works • • Nourishment of Vertebrate Neurons • • IN CLOSING: Neurons • Module 1.2: The Nerve Impulse • • The Resting Potential of the Neuron • • • Forces Acting on Sodium and Potassium Ions • • • Why a Resting Potential • • The Action Potential • • • The Molecular Basis of the Action Potential • • • The All-or-None Law • • • The Refractory Period • • Propagation of the Action Potential • • The Myelin Sheath and Saltatory Conduction • • Local Neurons • • IN CLOSING: Neurons and Messages 02. Synapses • Module 2.1: The Concept of the Synapse • • Properties of Synapses • • • Speed of a Reflex and Delayed Transmission at the Synapse • • • Temporal Summation • • • Spatial Summation • • • Inhibitory Synapses • • Relationships among EPSP, IPSP, and Action Potentials • • IN CLOSING: The Neuron as Decision Maker • Module 2.2: Chemical Events at the Synapse • • The Discovery of Chemical Transmission at Synapses • • The Sequence of Chemical Events at a Synapse • • • Types of Neurotransmitters • • • Synthesis of Transmitters • • • Storage of Transmitters • • • Release and Diffusion of Transmitters • • • Activating Receptors of the Postsynaptic Cell • • • Ionotropic Effects • • • Metabotropic Effects and Second Messenger Systems • • • Neuropeptides • • • Variation in Receptors • • • Drugs that Act by Binding to Receptors • • • Inactivation and Reuptake of Neurotransmitters • • • Negative Feedback from the Postsynaptic Cell • • • Electrical Synapses • • Hormones • • IN CLOSING: Neurotransmitters and Behavior 03. Anatomy and Research Methods • Module 3.1: Structure of the Vertebrate Nervous System • • Terminology to Describe the Nervous System • • The Spinal Cord • • The Autonomic Nervous System • • The Hindbrain • • The Midbrain • • The Forebrain • • • Thalamus • • • Hypothalamus • • • Pituitary Gland • • • Basal Ganglia • • • Basal Forebrain • • • Hippocampus • • The Ventricles • • IN CLOSING: Learning Neuroanatomy • Module 3.2: The Cerebral Cortex • • Organization of the Cerebral Cortex • • The Occipital Lobe • • The Parietal Lobe • • The Temporal Lobe • • The Frontal Lobe • • • The Rise and Fall of Prefrontal Lobotomies • • • Functions of the Prefrontal Cortex • • How Do the Parts Work Together? • • IN CLOSING: Functions of the Cerebral Cortex? • Module 3.3: Research Methods • • Effects of Brain Damage • • Effects of Brain Stimulation • • Recording Brain Activity • • Correlating Brain Anatomy with Behavior • • Brain Size and Intelligence • • • Comparisons across Species • • • Comparisons among Humans • • • Comparisons of Men and Women • • IN CLOSING: Research Methods and Progress 04. Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity • Module 4.1: Genetics and Evolution of Behavior • • Mendelian Genetics • • • Sex-Linked and Sex-Limited Genes • • • Genetic Changes • • • Epigenetics • • Heredity and Environment • • • Environmental Modification • • • How Genes Affect Behavior • • The Evolution of Behavior • • • Common Misunderstandings about Evolution • • • Brain Evolution • • • Evolutionary Psychology • • IN CLOSING: Genes and Behavior • Module 4.2: Development of the Brain • • Maturation of the Vertebrate Brain • • • Growth and Development of Neurons • • • New Neurons Later in Life • • Pathfinding by Axons • • • Chemical Pathfinding by Axons • • • Competition among Axons as a General Principle • • Determinants of Neuronal Survival • • The Vulnerable Developing Brain • • Differentiation of the Cortex • • Fine-Tuning by Experience • • • Experience and Dendritic Branching • • • Effects of Special Experiences • • Brain Development and Behavioral Development • • • Adolescence • • • Old Age • • IN CLOSING: Brain Development • Module 4.3: Plasticity after Brain Damage • • Brain Damage and Short-Term Recovery • • • Reducing the Harm from a Stroke • • Later Mechanisms of Recovery • • • Increased Brain Stimulation • • • Regrowth of Axons • • • Axon Sprouting • • • Denervation Supersensitivity • • • Reorganized Sensory Representations and the Phantom Limb • • • Learned Adjustment in Behavior • • IN CLOSING: Brain Damage and Recovery 05. Vision • Module 5.1: Visual Coding • • General Principles of Perception • • The Eye and Its Connections to the Brain • • • Route within the Retina • • • Fovea and Periphery of the Retina • • Visual Receptors: Rods and Cones • • Color Vision • • • The Trichromatic (Young-Helmholtz) Theory • • • The Opponent-Process Theory • • • The Retinex Theory • • • Color Vision Deficiency • • IN CLOSING: Visual Receptors • Module 5.2: How the Brain Processes Visual Information • • An Overview of the Mammalian Visual System • • Processing in the Retina • • Further Processing • • The Primary Visual Cortex • • • Simple and Complex Receptive Fields • • • The Columnar Organization of the Visual Cortex • • • Are Visual Cortex Cells Feature Detectors? • • Development of the Visual Cortex • • • Deprived Experiences in One Eye • • • Deprived Experiences in Both Eyes • • • Uncorrelated Stimulation in the Two Eyes • • • Early Exposure to a Limited Array of Patterns • • • Impaired Infant Vision and Long-Term Consequences • • IN CLOSING: Understanding Vision by Understanding the Wiring Diagram • Module 5.3: Parallel Processing in the Visual Cortex • • The Ventral and Dorsal Paths • • Detailed Analysis of Shape • • • The Inferior Temporal Cortex • • • Recognizing Faces • • Color Perception • • Motion Perception • • • The Middle Temporal Cortex • • • Motion Blindness • • IN CLOSING: Aspects of Vision 06. Other Sensory Systems • Module 6.1: Audition • • Sounds and the Ear • • • Physics and Psychology of Sound • • • Structures of the Ear • • Pitch Perception • • The Auditory Cortex • • Hearing Loss • • • Deafness • • • Hearing, Attention, and Old Age • • Sound Localization • • IN CLOSING: Functions of Hearing • Module 6.2: The Mechanical Senses • • Vestibular Sensation • • Somatosensation • • • Somatosensory Receptors • • • Tickle • • • Somatosensation in the Central Nervous System • • Pain • • • Stimuli and Spinal Cord Paths • • • Emotional Pain • • • Ways of Relieving Pain • • • Sensitization of Pain • • Itch • • IN CLOSING: The Mechanical Senses • Module 6.3: The Chemical Senses • • Chemical Coding • • Taste • • • Taste Receptors • • • How Many Kinds of Taste Receptors? • • • Mechanisms of Taste Receptors • • • Taste Coding in the Brain • • • Variations in Taste Sensitivity • • Olfaction • • • Olfactory Receptors • • • Implications for Coding • • • Messages to the Brain • • • Individual Differences • • Pheromones • • Synesthesia • • IN CLOSING: Senses as Ways of Knowing the World 07. Movement • Module 7.1: The Control of Movement • • Muscles and Their Movements • • • Fast and Slow Muscles • • • Muscle Control by Proprioceptors • • Units of Movement • • • Voluntary and Involuntary Movements • • • Movements Varying in Sensitivity to Feedback • • • Sequences of Behaviors • • IN CLOSING: Categories of Movement • Module 7.2: Brain Mechanisms of Movement • • The Cerebral Cortex • • • Planning a Movement • • • Inhibiting a Movement • • • Mirror Neurons • • • Connections from the Brain to the Spinal Cord • • The Cerebellum • • • Functions Other than Movement • • • Cellular Organization • • The Basal Ganglia • • Brain Areas and Motor Learning • • Conscious Decisions and Movement • • IN CLOSING: Movement Control and Cognition • Module 7.3: Movement Disorders • • Parkinson's Disease • • • Causes • • • L-Dopa Treatment • • • Other Therapies • • Huntington's Disease • • • Heredity and Presymptomatic Testing • • IN CLOSING: Heredity and Environment in Movement Disorders 08. Wakefulness and Sleep • Module 8.1: Rhythms of Waking and Sleeping • • Endogenous Rhythms • • Setting and Resetting the Biological Clock • • • Jet Lag • • • Shift Work • • • Morning People and Evening People • • Mechanisms of the Biological Clock • • • The Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN) • • • How Light Resets the SCN • • • The Biochemistry of the Circadian Rhythm • • • Melatonin • • IN CLOSING: Sleep–Wake Cycles • Module 8.2: Stages of Sleep and Brain Mechanisms • • Sleep and Other Interruptions of Consciousness • • The Stages of Sleep • • Paradoxical or REM Sleep • • Brain Mechanisms of Wakefulness, Arousal, and Sleep • • • Brain Structures of Arousal and Attention • • • Sleep and the Inhibition of Brain Activity • • Brain Functions in REM Sleep • • Sleep Disorders • • • Sleep Apnea • • • Narcolepsy • • • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder • • • REM Behavior Disorder • • • Night Terrors and Sleepwalking • • IN CLOSING: Stages of Sleep • Module 8.3: Why Sleep? Why REM? Why Dreams? • • Functions of Sleep • • • Sleep and Energy Conservation • • • Analogous to Sleep: Hibernation • • • Species Differences in Sleep • • • Sleep and Memory • • Functions of REM Sleep • • Biological Perspectives on Dreaming • • • The Activation-Synthesis Hypothesis • • • The Clinico-Anatomical Hypothesis • • IN CLOSING: Our Limited Self-Understanding 09. Internal Regulation • Module 9.1: Temperature Regulation • • Homeostasis and Allostasis • • Controlling Body Temperature • • • Surviving in Extreme Cold • • • The Advantages of Constant High Body Temperature • • • Brain Mechanisms • • • Fever • • IN CLOSING: Combining Physiological and Behavioral Mechanisms • Module 9.2: Thirst • • Mechanisms of Water Regulation • • Osmotic Thirst • • Hypovolemic Thirst and Sodium-Specific Hunger • • IN CLOSING: The Psychology and Biology of Thirst • Module 9.3: Hunger • • Digestion and Food Selection • • • Consumption of Dairy Products • • • Food Selection and Behavior • • Short- and Long-Term Regulation of Feeding • • • Oral Factors • • • The Stomach and Intestines • • • Glucose, Insulin, and Glucagon • • • Leptin • • Brain Mechanisms • • • The Arcuate Nucleus and Paraventricular Hypothalamus • • • The Lateral Hypothalamus • • • Medial Areas of the Hypothalamus • • Eating Disorders • • • Genetics and Body Weight • • • Weight Loss • • • Bulimia Nervosa • • IN CLOSING: The Multiple Controls of Hunger 10. Reproductive Behaviors • Module 10.1: Sex and Hormones • • Organizing Effects of Sex Hormones • • • Sex Differences in the Hypothalamus • • • Sex Differences in Childhood Behavior • • Activating Effects of Sex Hormones • • • Males • • • Females • • • Effects of Sex Hormones on Nonsexual Characteristics • • Parental Behavior • • IN CLOSING: Reproductive Behaviors and Motivations • Module 10.2: Variations in Sexual Behavior • • Evolutionary Interpretations of Mating Behavior • • • Interest in Multiple Mates • • • What Men and Women Seek in a Mate • • • Differences in Jealousy • • • Evolved or Learned? • • Gender Identity and Gender-Differentiated Behaviors • • • Intersexes • • • Interests and Preferences of CAH Girls • • • Testicular Feminization • • • Issues of Gender Assignment and Rearing • • • Discrepancies of Sexual Appearance • • Sexual Orientation • • • Behavioral and Anatomical Differences • • • Genetics • • • An Evolutionary Question • • • Prenatal Influences • • • Brain Anatomy • • IN CLOSING: We Are Not All the Same 11. Emotional Behaviors • Module 11.1: What Is Emotion? • • Emotions and Autonomic Arousal • • • Is Physiological Arousal Necessary for Emotional Feelings? • • • Is Physiological Arousal Sufficient for Emotions? • • • Is Emotion a Useful Concept? • • Do People Have a Limited Number of Basic Emotions? • • The Functions of Emotions • • • Emotions and Moral Decisions • • • Decision Making after Brain Damage that Impairs Emotions • • IN CLOSING: Emotions and the Nervous System • Module 11.2: Attack and Escape Behaviors • • Attack Behaviors • • • Effects of Hormones • • • Serotonin Synapses and Aggressive Behavior • • • Heredity and Environment in Violence • • Fear and Anxiety • • • Role of the Amygdala • • • Studies of Rodents • • • Studies of Monkeys • • • Response of the Human Amygdala to Visual Stimuli • • • Individual Differences in Amygdala Response and Anxiety • • • Damage to the Human Amygdala • • Anxiety Disorders • • Relief from Anxiety • • • Pharmacological Relief • • • Alcohol as an Anxiety Reducer • • • Learning to Erase Anxiety • • IN CLOSING: Doing Something about Emotions • Module 11.3: Stress and Health • • Stress and the General Adaptation Syndrome • • Stress and the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Cortex Axis • • • The Immune System • • • Effects of Stress on the Immune System • • Stress Control • • IN CLOSING: Emotions and Body Reactions 12. The Biology of Learning and Memory • Module 12.1: Learning, Memory, and Amnesia • • Localized Representations of Memory • • • Lashley's Search for the Engram • • • The Modern Search for the Engram • • Types of Memory • • • Short-Term and Long-Term Memory • • • Our Changing Views of Consolidation • • • Working Memory • • The Hippocampus • • • People with Hippocampal Damage • • • Theories of the Function of the Hippocampus • • Other Types of Amnesia • • • Korsakoff's Syndrome • • • Alzheimer's Disease • • • What Patients with Amnesia Teach Us • • The Basal Ganglia • • Other Brain Areas and Memory • • IN CLOSING: Types of Memory • Module 12.2: Storing Information in the Nervous System • • Blind Alleys and Abandoned Mines • • Learning and the Hebbian Synapse • • Single-Cell Mechanisms of Invertebrate Behavior Change • • • Aplysia as an Experimental Animal • • • Habituation in Aplysia • • • Sensitization in Aplysia • • Long-Term Potentiation in Vertebrates • • • Biochemical Mechanisms • • Improving Memory • • IN CLOSING: The Physiology of Memory [Continued in comments due to Goodreads character limit]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Books-fly-to-me

    I liked this book very much although I thought the language was a bit basic and had hoped for more depth from the course in general. One delightful addition that gave this book its fifth star is the list of recommended books at the end of the chapters. I have purchased several of them and have more saved in my to-buy list. The author includes books that give a separate viewpoint or that enrich his chapters. It is an intro book and the books he recommends are geared toward the lay person which wi I liked this book very much although I thought the language was a bit basic and had hoped for more depth from the course in general. One delightful addition that gave this book its fifth star is the list of recommended books at the end of the chapters. I have purchased several of them and have more saved in my to-buy list. The author includes books that give a separate viewpoint or that enrich his chapters. It is an intro book and the books he recommends are geared toward the lay person which will make for great light reading later. One he included is from an author whose journal articles have been among my favorites especially when writing about mirror neurons. The chapters are broken up into sections with self-tests. I used them to make sure I was on track with the material. All and all, a good textbook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    S. Sloan

    When I made the decision to study psychology I thought it would be best to learn more about how the human brain works. This book and the class I took was absolutely fascinating. I would recommend this book to any one who wants to learn more about biological psychology.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marialena I.

    I love this book so much. It explains with an easy language the biological aspects of psychology. At first i needed the book for my course and i thought it would be boring but it was such an interesting read. I learnt many things!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I read this entire textbook, and it will be counted

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Bartholomaeus

    Great refresher of the wonderful connection within our brain and to the rest of the body and behaviours! Love the end of chapter quizzes to help solidify learning.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    This textbook deals with the different areas of the body and how the brain can influence it. Recommended 14+ for adult topics. Used with Liberty University Online's 380 Physiological Psychology. This textbook deals with the different areas of the body and how the brain can influence it. Recommended 14+ for adult topics. Used with Liberty University Online's 380 Physiological Psychology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Arnold

    This text book, along with the professor, not only completely changed my major, but I brought it with me on my Iraq deployment almost two years after the class was over.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sagar Acharya

    I read quite some books on the psychology of happiness and thinking methods and it was time to shift to something concrete. I chose this book a while back (about 3 years) and have been wanting to read it since. For being a textbook it is extremely interesting and informative. Through evolutionary, clinical and informative perspectives, Kalat gives mechanisms of various body mechanisms like how membrane of a neuron's sodium-potassium pump works, how electrical messages travel through neurons, inhi I read quite some books on the psychology of happiness and thinking methods and it was time to shift to something concrete. I chose this book a while back (about 3 years) and have been wanting to read it since. For being a textbook it is extremely interesting and informative. Through evolutionary, clinical and informative perspectives, Kalat gives mechanisms of various body mechanisms like how membrane of a neuron's sodium-potassium pump works, how electrical messages travel through neurons, inhibitions and excitations of neurons. Later he explains brain structures, central and peripheral nervous systems, how brain is divided into 4 lobes and their functions more or less. He goes to eyes to explain the rods and cones, chemical senses(most important for us) like taste and olfaction, movement mechanisms (type of muscles, areas of brain controlling it, motor neurons, and diseases associated with it). Physiology associated with sleep, temperature control, sexual behaviours, biology of emotion, learning and memory, and development of language and some elementary things on consciousness are some topics over the last half. There are tons of amazing facts, one of them is as follows, "In 1800s, some physicians used to prescribe heroin to alcohol addicts so they can stop using alcohol. Only later when they found how addictive heroin is that they stopped the suggestion." Beware of your doctor! :D

  13. 4 out of 5

    zeroizme

    Highly interesting textbook for my Biopsych class! However, the graphic descriptions of vivisection/dissection were a little too much at times for this animal lover. The conversational tone of the chapter introductions was beneficial in breaking up the heavy subject matter, and I enjoyed the supplementary Cengage definition Mastery Training exercises.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzunime /SHIIPA

    this book is m lifesaver from bio psychological. thanks kalat :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arnilynne

    For Biological Foundations of Learning class w/ Dr, Shirley Gregg

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jarita

    Amazing! Much recommended. Probably the best textbook I've ever read. Amazing! Much recommended. Probably the best textbook I've ever read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Great book with so much wonderful information.

  18. 5 out of 5

    jade

    This book on the biology of psychology is, to this day, still one of my favourite textbooks from my first year at university/college. It’s focused – logically so – on biological explanations of behaviour and/or psychological issues, and presented entertainingly and enthusiastically so by James W. Kalat. It covers a wide array of topics, and is probably too detailed (especially in later chapters) to be considered as ‘only’ an introductory to biological psychology. Biological Psychology covers the This book on the biology of psychology is, to this day, still one of my favourite textbooks from my first year at university/college. It’s focused – logically so – on biological explanations of behaviour and/or psychological issues, and presented entertainingly and enthusiastically so by James W. Kalat. It covers a wide array of topics, and is probably too detailed (especially in later chapters) to be considered as ‘only’ an introductory to biological psychology. Biological Psychology covers the following topics: the mind-brain relationship, the genetics of behaviour, the use of animals in research, nerve cells and nerve impulses, synapses, the anatomy of the nervous system, the development and plasticity of the brain, vision, the other sensory systems, movement, wakefulness and sleep, internal regulation, reproductive behaviours, emotional behaviours, the biology of learning and memory, cognitive functions, and mood disorders and schizophrenia. (It also includes two appendices on basic chemistry, and policies on using animals and/or human subjects in neuroscience research.) It’s a very entertaining textbook, mainly because Kalat does his best to use clear and engaging language, providing the reader with many case studies as examples to the theories and facts he presents in his book. It’s wonderfully written, often with little gems of witty trivia hidden among the many lines, keeping the reader entertained, and holding their interest. The book is also designed most appealingly, with many illustrations, diagrams, and figures to break up the bulk of text. It’s quite easy to use in studying for exams or for looking things up, as the information is presented in an organized and orderly manner. A comprehensive, interesting, clear, and extensive book on biological psychology that also serves as a great work of reference. It’s suited for both people who wish to know more on the subject and for students cramming away for exams, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone even remotely interested.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Seeton

    PSYCH261 really showed me how amazing God's creation is. Everything in human beings are just so well coordinated, with "mysterious" delicate parts. It's hard to believe such a marvelous system comes to be just randomly on its own. "Mind"-blowing :) PSYCH261 really showed me how amazing God's creation is. Everything in human beings are just so well coordinated, with "mysterious" delicate parts. It's hard to believe such a marvelous system comes to be just randomly on its own. "Mind"-blowing :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Selmoore Codfish

    Kalat's explanations for consciousness were interesting. The graphics were excellent. I liked the modules within chapters. Each module had thought provoking questions. The on-line material wasn't necessary. There are two parts to this. First, there are the links at the back of the chapters. However, these sort of links go stale after a while. After reading the chapters I didn't feel like that I lacked any information that I would have had to go to the links for. Second, there is a course web page. Kalat's explanations for consciousness were interesting. The graphics were excellent. I liked the modules within chapters. Each module had thought provoking questions. The on-line material wasn't necessary. There are two parts to this. First, there are the links at the back of the chapters. However, these sort of links go stale after a while. After reading the chapters I didn't feel like that I lacked any information that I would have had to go to the links for. Second, there is a course web page. The sample activities there included crossword puzzles. Otherwise, they were just repetitive of the questions in the book. I didn't feel a need to create an account so that I could look at the later materials.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    Course literature for a course in Biological psychology, a part of the introduction to psychology (Psykologi 1). Did not read every chapter but still read a majority of them. Gives a good introduction to the most important points in biological psychology. While I find the subject very interesting, especially neuroscience and the evolutionary explanations, I do struggle a bit with biology in general. Therefore some of the information in the book might have gone over my head. In general I also did Course literature for a course in Biological psychology, a part of the introduction to psychology (Psykologi 1). Did not read every chapter but still read a majority of them. Gives a good introduction to the most important points in biological psychology. While I find the subject very interesting, especially neuroscience and the evolutionary explanations, I do struggle a bit with biology in general. Therefore some of the information in the book might have gone over my head. In general I also did not like the layout of the book as I found it a bit messy. Having not much to compare with I still believe this is a good introduction to biological psychology and I plan on keeping this book on my shelf for future exploration in the field.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    Instructor's perspective: A decent physio psych text. Lots of case studies to keep the students interested. I am told the CD and website are helpful in studying for exams. There is a lot of material in the book I don't cover because we simply don't have the time to do it all. Not my favorite text but good for a one-semester undergraduate level upper division course. Website resources are excellent. This is my third semester using the book. Instructor's perspective: A decent physio psych text. Lots of case studies to keep the students interested. I am told the CD and website are helpful in studying for exams. There is a lot of material in the book I don't cover because we simply don't have the time to do it all. Not my favorite text but good for a one-semester undergraduate level upper division course. Website resources are excellent. This is my third semester using the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joevarian

    The writing are so clear and detailed. Without attending to class, you are able to understand the whole biological process by reading this book. Well, perhaps because my English wasn't really good that I have to struggle to understand the entire process written in this book. But it is really a not-so-difficult book to be read by everyone. Especially if you have keen interest in psychology and physiology. The writing are so clear and detailed. Without attending to class, you are able to understand the whole biological process by reading this book. Well, perhaps because my English wasn't really good that I have to struggle to understand the entire process written in this book. But it is really a not-so-difficult book to be read by everyone. Especially if you have keen interest in psychology and physiology.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Kalat's text is a classic and since it is updated regularly, is one of the best surveys of the biological basis of behaviour available. It is written in an engaging style with plenty of research and anecdotal examples. It is supported by a study guide and a website with plenty of practice materials. Kalat's text is a classic and since it is updated regularly, is one of the best surveys of the biological basis of behaviour available. It is written in an engaging style with plenty of research and anecdotal examples. It is supported by a study guide and a website with plenty of practice materials.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    One of the best texts! thorough and detailed. At one point I reached out to the optometrist I worked with to clarify a couple of things in the chapter on vision. He reviewed the chapter and told me that the chapter was so detailed that it covered things he was taught in his optometry program.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Semi-Academic Eric

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bee

    This textbook was very clear in explaining some tough topics, and the analogies were very helpful.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kirill

    Just another study book

  29. 5 out of 5

    Seda

    Good material but hated the class though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    If you have to read a book about behavioral neuro-biology, it might as well be this one. Kalat actually made me laugh several times, despite the subject matter.

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