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Brain & Behavior

Brain & Behavior
An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Fifth Edition
  • Bob Garrett - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
  • Gerald Hough - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

October 2017 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Ignite your students’ excitement about behavioral neuroscience with Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience, Fifth Edition by best-selling author Bob Garrett and new co-author Gerald Hough. Garrett and Hough make the field accessible by inviting students to explore key theories and scientific discoveries using detailed illustrations and immersive examples as their guide. Spotlights on case studies, current events, and research findings help students make connections between the material and their own lives. A study guide, revised artwork, new animations, and an interactive eBook stimulate deep learning and critical thinking.

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About the Authors
Chapter 1. What Is Behavioral Neuroscience?
The Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience

Nature and Nurture

PART I. Neural Foundations of Behavior: The Basic Equipment
Chapter 2. Communication Within the Nervous System
The Cells That Make Us Who We Are

How Neurons Communicate With Each Other

Chapter 3. The Organization and Functions of the Nervous System
The Central Nervous System

The Peripheral Nervous System

Development and Change in the Nervous System

Chapter 4. The Methods and Ethics of Research
Science, Research, and Theory

Research Techniques

Research Ethics

PART II. Motivation and Emotion: What Makes Us Go
Chapter 5. Drugs, Addiction, and Reward
Psychoactive Drugs


The Role of Genes in Addiction

Chapter 6. Motivation and the Regulation of Internal States
Motivation and Homeostasis

Hunger: A Complex Drive


Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder

Chapter 7. The Biology of Sex and Gender
Sex as a Form of Motivation

The Biological Determination of Sex

Gender-Related Behavioral and Cognitive Differences

Biological Origins of Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Chapter 8. Emotion and Health
Emotion and the Nervous System

Stress, Immunity, and Health

Biological Origins of Aggression

PART III. Interacting With the World
Chapter 9. Hearing and Language


Chapter 10. Vision and Visual Perception
Light and the Visual Apparatus

Color Vision

Form Vision

The Perception of Objects, Color, and Movement

Chapter 11. The Body Sense and Movement
The Body Senses


PART IV. Complex Behavior
Chapter 12. Learning and Memory
Learning as the Storage of Memories

Brain Changes in Learning

Learning Deficiencies and Disorders

Chapter 13. Intelligence and Cognitive Functioning
The Nature of Intelligence

The Biological Origins of Intelligence

Deficiencies and Disorders of Intelligence

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Chapter 14. Psychological Disorders

Affective Disorders

Anxiety, Trauma, and Stress-Related Disorders

Personality Disorders

Chapter 15. Sleep and Consciousness
Sleep and Dreaming

The Neural Bases of Consciousness

Author Index
Subject Index


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“My students like this book and often tell me that this is one text they will keep. I think it is a standout among countless other texts. Garrett, Hough, and their collaborators have produced a very important and effective textbook.”  

Dr. Robert Faux
Duquesne University

“The writing style is great as it is easy to read. The numerous illustrations provide great discussion and teaching topics in the classroom.” 

Andrea L.O. Hebb
Dalhousie University

“Each chapter tells a story that the students can follow in a very systematic way with good flow in the writing style. . . . I especially like the In Perspective sections which provide current research insight for students wishing to enter the field.”  

Dr. Lorenz S. Neuwirth,
SUNY College at Old Westbury

“I believe the various ancillaries of the text and website that discuss everyday aspects and applications of biological psychology increase the effectiveness and retention of the information for students.”  

Kurt T. Choate
Northeastern State University

"I find the clinical applications most impressive."

Andrea L.O. Hebb
Dalhousie University

"The perspectives and the visual imagery in the book are wonderful."

Dr. Lorenz S. Neuwirth,
SUNY College at Old Westbury:

"It really engages the students to look over the supplemental materials and get the most out of their learning experience."

Dr. Bryant Horowitz
East Los Angeles College; California State University, Northridge; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

"The current events and supplemental information that makes you think and incites critical thinking really put this book at an advantage. Concept checks and other things that allow you to go beyond the scope of what is presented is a plus, and there are a myriad of supplemental options for the student who may not comprehend it as much as others."

Dr. Bryant Horowitz
East Los Angeles College; California State University, Northridge; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

This title by Garrett and Hough is an outstanding source for undergraduates who start reading major Neuroscience topics. Clearly written, with exquisite illustrations and flowcharts, this fifth edition is certainly an asset for any University library.

Dr Amadeu Martins
Psychology, Universidade Europeia Laureate International Universities
November 8, 2020

Current material, very comprehensive, great resources for student learning. Core class in clinical psychology curriculum.

Scott Sautter
Psychology Dept, Regent University-Virg Beach
July 9, 2019