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Physiological Psychology

Physiological Psychology
An Introduction

First Edition
  • Meetu Khosla - Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi
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March 2017 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Provides easy and accessible understanding of the effects of biological aspects on our behavior

Physiological Psychology: An Introduction explains the dynamic interaction between physiology and psychology through key biological concepts. By using an interactive approach, which has been extensively applied in the classroom, the author presents core concepts and topics in a manner that is coherent, lucid, and easy to recall.

The book includes detailed coverage of human evolution, central and peripheral nervous systems, hormonal regulation of behavior, and hemispheric specializations of the brain. Each chapter offers a historical development of the topics and up-to-date reviews of literature in the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and biopsychology.

Key Features

• Use of simple language and guided imagery to explain complex topics

• Rich pedagogical features, including boxes that provide insights into instances from daily life, chapter-wise glossary lists, and extensive review exercises

• Wide topical coverage to cater to the course curriculums of major Indian universities

• Chapters aided by clearly labeled diagrams to encourage visual understanding as well as self-practice


Foreword by Michael F. Mascolo
Evolution and Genetics
Regulation of the Internal Environment
Hormonal Regulation of Behavior
Neural Communication, Conduction, and Transmission
Synaptic Transmission and Its Chemical Basis
Central Nervous System
Peripheral Nervous System
Hemispheric Specialization
Circadian Rhythms and Sleep


Dr Khosla has written an excellent and comprehensive textbook on physiological psychology that integrates both Indian and Western research literatures. The text expertly guides both the beginner and specialist through the major subject areas of this immense field. The inclusion of self- assessment questions at the end of each chapter further enhances the value of this textbook for students. Dr Khosla has made a substantial and important contribution.

Tony Toneatto, PhD, FIPA
Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst Director, Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Minor Program New College, University of Toronto

Dr Khosla’s remarkable book Physiological Psychology focuses on the fundamental physiological mechanisms that underlie the brain functions which mediate psychological processes. The material, placed in an appropriate historical context, is presented in a very readable manner, with summary and test material at the end of each chapter to help the student review and consolidate the information. I was especially pleased to see in the later chapters that Dr Khosla has highlighted the contribution of Indian psychologists to our discipline. I recommend this textbook to anyone who  wants a good introduction to the physiological basis of behavior and mind in humans and other animals.

Morris Moscovitch
Professor of Psychology Max and Gianna Glassman Chair in Neuropsychology and Aging Department of Psychology University of Toronto

Physiological Psychology: An Introduction by Dr Meetu Khosla is a precise, simple, and comprehensive text designed for students of all calibers studying psychology. It has many strong pedagogical features, such as:

• Each chapter opens up with an overview outline that provides introduction to the chapter.

• Each chapter is a self-contained learning module with small sections and subsections.

• Key terms and their brief descriptions are provided separately for quick scan and easy recollection.

• Practice quizzes, tests, fill in the blanks, and multiple choice questions are provided with answers.

• Detailed illustrations aid in understanding the concepts easily.

• Web links are provided for students to explore further.

What really enhance the value of the book are the many Indian studies woven into the text along with the Western studies. All these should really help in making the students actually read and enjoy the text, and help them to understand the complexities of human body in a simple way. I have had the privilege of working with Dr Khosla on many occasions, and have found that her area of work, neuro-cognitive sciences and correlating it with wellbeing across cultures to be a very new and interesting way to explore these fields. I wish her the best in this endeavor.

Dr Neelam Kalia
Associate Professor Department of Psychology Kamala Nehru College University of Delhi

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ISBN: 9789386062116