Drawing on the latest exciting research, Essential Biological Psychology provides students with a solid grasp of the relationship between mind and behaviour, and a detailed understanding of the underlying structure and physiological mechanisms that underpin it. The functions of the nervous system are explained and implications for health are explored. Throughout the book, Jim Barnes encourages students to evaluate essential concepts and theoretical issues.
key concepts highlighted throughout the text enables students to grasp the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the structures and functions of the human nervous system that are relevant to the study of psychology
the snapshot of key studies detailed in the textboxes allow critical evaluation of the role of physiology in human behaviour against a backdrop of up to date research
clear explanations of the key methods in the text give students an appreciation of the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods that are used in biological psychology
memory maps and diagrams within the text encourage learning and allow students to formulate memory aids to assist recall in exam conditions
a companion website found at www.sagepub.co.uk/barnes consists of PowerPoint lecture slides and a testbank for teachers (50 questions per chapter) as well as interactive self-assessment testbank for students (10 questions per chapter)
Electronic inspection copies are available to instructors.
Jim Barnes is Reader in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University.
Chapter 1: Neurons, Neurotransmission and Communication Chapter 2: Neuroanatomy and Brain Mapping Chapter 3: Genes and Evolution Chapter 4: Development and Plasticity of the Brain Chapter 5: Visual System Chapter 6: Non-Visual Sensory Systems Chapter 7: Motor Control and Movement Chapter 8: The Biopsychology of Motivation Chapter 9: Sleep and Biological Rhythms Chapter 10: Biopsychology of Emotions, Stress and Health Chapter 11: Memory, Learning and Amnesia Chapter 12: Lateralisation and Language Chapter 13: Biological Basis of Behaviour Disorders