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Essential Biological Psychology

Essential Biological Psychology

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February 2013 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Features include:

  • 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 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) 

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


Barnes Companion Website

For Lecturers:

  • Multiple choice question-based test banks arranged by chapter that can be used for student assessment
  • PowerPoint™ Slides arranged by chapter, which capture key points as well as figures and tables

  For Students:

  • Interactive Multiple Choice Questions for on-going self-assessment

A very useful, all round text

Dr Julia Robertson
Deptartment of Psychology, Bucks New University
August 5, 2013

This is a key textbook on the subject of Biological Psychology!! I will be recommending this book to my students, we have a meeting coming up and I will aims to advocate for the full adoption of the book!

Mr Sizwe Zondo
Dept of Psychology, Rhodes University
June 18, 2013

I have reviewed the book with a view for using it on our Psychological Support module. We teach this at Level 4 and level 6. As a supplementary resource I think it will be valuable for our level 6 students though not level 4.
The book's text is well supported with easy to follow diagrams. I particularly like the set questions at the end of each chapter which allows the reader to reflect and consider what they have learnt. I will recommend it to our students

Ms Julie Tilstone
Education, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
March 25, 2013

Excellent book for those students starting out on a Foundation Degree in Psychology. Covers the main aspects of the biological branch of psychology giving a good grounding which will assist learning in other areas. Clearly written at a level for both new learners and those wishing to brush up on knowledge.

Mrs Alison Cox
Health and Social Care, Merthyr Tydfil College
March 12, 2013

An excellent up to date overview of the key theories and studies in biological psychology.

Dr Shelly Kemp
Department of Psychology, Buckingham University
March 1, 2013

An excellent straightforward text. Ideal for students new to the topic

Ms Noelle McAra
Division of Psychology, University of Abertay, Dundee
February 27, 2013

This is an detailed and well presented book providing an insight into biological psychology and hence an underpinning to many courses. Tutors may like to refer to it for examples, descriptions and explanations of harder to grasp concepts and to help plan courses.

Dr Stephen Greenwood
Medical Education, Bristol University
February 26, 2013

This is a very clear and informative book. Introduces the student to key concepts in an engaging style. Material are presented at just the right level intended for this target group, i.e. 1st & 2nd year BSc Psychology Students, and the respective companion website is definitely an invaluable resource for lecturers.

Dr Antonina Pereira
Psychology, Chichester University
February 21, 2013

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