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Introduction to Biopsychology

Introduction to Biopsychology

Fourth Edition
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October 2021 | 792 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understand the foundations of biological psychology and explore the stories behind important discoveries in the field.

Everything you need to know about brain and behaviour – from sensory systems, eating disorders and sleep to drugs, language and memory. This fourth edition has been fully updated throughout, and includes new figures and diagrams, revised learning features, and clear explanations of over 330 key terms.


  • The latest research on the neural basis of mental illness, degenerative diseases, and genetics
  • Key Figure and Special Interest boxes spotlight interesting researchers, studies and discoveries of conditions
  • End-of-chapter MCQs test understanding and support your preparation for assessments
  • 250 full colour diagrams and figures illustrate the key concepts in each chapter
  • Supported by online teaching and learning resources including drag and drop exercises for students, an instructor’s manual, testbank, and PowerPoint slides.
Introduction to Biopsychology is essential reading for all Psychology students studying biological psychology.
Chapter 1: An introduction to biological psychology, brains and nerve function
Chapter 2: The visual system
Chapter 3: Sensory systems other than vision
Chapter 4: The control of movement
Chapter 5: Hunger and eating disorders
Chapter 6: Emotional states
Chapter 7: Sleep and circadian rhythms
Chapter 8: Sexual development and behaviour
Chapter 9: Learning and memory
Chapter 10: Language and cognition
Chapter 11: The biological basis of mental illness
Chapter 12: Drugs and addiction
Chapter 13: Degenerative diseases of the nervous system
Chapter 14: Genes and behaviour


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Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)

  • An instructor’s manual – a guide to teaching using the book and accompanying resources, including seminar activities and discussions. 
  • Test bank – a set of over 200 questions for directed learning or assessments
  • Downloadable image bank – 250+ downloadable figures and tables from the book for use in slides or as printouts
  • VLE/LMS Download - upload all the lecturer and student resources into your institution’s virtual learning environment (i.e. Blackboard or Moodle), and customise the content to suit your teaching needs

Student Resources (Free to access)

  • Drag and Drop Exercises – label the diagrams for a fun and interactive way to revise the important brain and sensory systems
  • Flashcard Glossary – check the definitions of key terms 
Read a sample chapter
Learn all about the control of movement with this sample chapter of Introduction to Biopsychology by Andrew P. Wickens.

An interesting and engaging introduction to biopsychology. The chapters make the case for its importance and give the real-world implications.

Mark Edwards
The Australian National University

Providing a historical approach and evidence, followed by treatments and future directions of the field, this book provides a clear story and structure to the reader and encourages critical thinking.

Zoe Kolokotroni
Leeds Beckett University

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