The most widely used text in its course area, Kalat's Biological Psychology appeals to students and instructors alike. Throughout all eleven editions, the goal has been to make biological psychology accessible to psychology students, not just to biology majors and pre-meds. The goal has also been 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 perhaps you, too – with its clear writing style, amusing anecdotes, and intriguing examples. A media-rich, highly interactive online eBook integrates the text with videos, animations, and an online bio-lab component, making it easier for you to learn.
New to this edition:
- The Eleventh Edition has been carefully updated throughout with new topics, new examples, and hundreds of new references.
- New or revised coverage includes topics such as severe anxiety disorders, seasonal variation of eating habits, the importance of genetics in learning language, diagnosis of schizophrenia, antidepressant drug therapy, new brain cell formation following brain damage, addiction, and the biochemical basis of the action potential.
- Studies that students will find to be of particular interest include one that explains why women have more touch sensitivity than men, and another finding in a new section on social pain that Tylenol can relieve hurt feelings.
- An all-new interior design with numerous new and revised figures makes the text more appealing and student-friendly than ever.
1. The Biological Approach to Psychology
2. Neurons and Action Potentials
3. Communication at Synapses
4. Brain Anatomy
5. Brain Development and Plasticity
6. The Visual System
7. Hearing, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Senses
8. Control of Movement
9. Sleeping and Waking
10. Temperature Control, Thirst, and Hunger
11. Sexual Behaviors
12. Biology of Emotion
13. Learning and Memory
14. Lateralization, Language, and Consciousness
15. Abnormal Behavior
James W. Kalat received his B.A. degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in psychology under the supervision of Paul Rozin. Currently, Dr. Kalat is at North Carolina State University where he is a professor of psychology, teaching both introductory psychology and biological psychology. In addition to having authored the best selling biological psychology text, Dr. Kalat is the author of Introduction to Psychology, 9th Edition (Wadsworth, 2011) and has published articles on a variety of diverse topics such as taste aversion learning and on the teaching of introductory psychology. A talented and frequently requested speaker, Kalat receives rave reviews wherever he presents, including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.