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Behavioral Neuroscience

Eighth Edition

S. Marc Breedlove and Neil V. Watson

October 2017

ISBN: 9781605357430

816 pages

Price: £44.99

A wide-ranging view of neuroscience which introduces evolutionary and developmental perspectives, examines a range of behaviors, and explores clinical applications of research.



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Behavioral Neuroscience, Eighth Edition, provides undergraduates with a lively survey of the field. It offers a broad perspective, encompassing cutting edge neuroscience, lucid descriptions of behavior, evolutionary and developmental perspectives, and clinical applications of research. Despite this comprehensive range of material, the authors have striven in the latest revision to lay bare the neuroscience concepts underlying behavior with concision and clarity.

  • Learning is supported by a best-in-class full-color art program, including hundreds of original illustrations that make it easy to understand structures, mechanisms, and processes in the brain. Many additional graphical elements have been reproduced from primary research sources, bringing the learner closer to the science behind the subject matter.
  • Every chapter includes a special feature called "The Cutting Edge" that highlights an up-to-the-moment discovery or technical innovation, while illustrating the logic and methodology of experimentation and hypothesis testing.
  • Each chapter ends with a unique feature, the "Visual Summary," a poster-like layout that provides a graphical review of the major topics of the chapter and directs students to the figures and online animations that reinforce each point.
  • The text is supported by a rich array of internet-based resources.
  • Over 500 new citations keep the text current and an excellent resource.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

S. Marc Breedlove and Neil V. Watson

S. Marc Breedlove is the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University. He has written over 130 scientific articles investigating the role of hormones in shaping the developing and adult nervous system, publishing in journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He is also passionate about teaching—in the classroom, and in the greater community through interviews with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as broadcast programs such as All Things Considered, Good Morning America, and Sixty Minutes. He has active grant support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Breedlove is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science.

Neil V. Watson and the members of his lab at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada study sex-related aspects of the structure and function of the nervous system, with ongoing grant support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. His research, which spans from the effects of hormones and pollutants on the structure of the nervous system to the relationships among social factors, cognition, and steroids in humans, has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Brain Research. Dr. Watson received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty at SFU in 1996 where he is now Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Chair of Psychology.

Table of Contents

    1:Behavioral Neuroscience: Scope and Outlook
    Part I: Biological Foundations of Behavior
    2:Functional Neuroanatomy: The Nervous System and Behavior
    3:Neurophysiology: The Generation, Transmission, and Integration of Neural Signals
    4:The Chemistry of Behavior: Neurotransmitters and Neuropharmacology
    5:Hormones and the Brain
    Part II: Evolution and Development of the Nervous System
    6:Evolution of the Brain and Behavior
    7:Life-Span Development of the Brain and Behavior
    Part III: Perception and Action
    8:General Principles of Sensory Processing, Touch, and Pain
    9:Hearing, Vestibular Perception, Taste, and Smell
    10:Vision: From Eye to Brain
    11:Motor Control and Plasticity
    Part IV: Regulation and Behavior
    12:Sex: Evolutionary, Hormonal, and Neural Bases
    13:Homeostasis: Active Regulation of the Internal Environment
    14:Biological Rhythms, Sleep, and Dreaming
    Part V: Emotions and Mental Disorders
    15:Emotions, Aggression, and Stress
    16:Psychopathology: Biological Basis of Behavioral Disorders
    Part VI: Cognitive Neuroscience
    17:Learning and Memory
    18:Attention and Higher Cognition
    19:Language and Lateralization

Additional Resources

For Students

The Behavioral Neuroscience Companion Website contains a wide range of study and review resources to help students master the material presented in the textbook, as well as coverage of additional topics. For each chapter of the textbook, the site includes:

* Chapter Outlines that outline each chapter and link to relevant Study Questions
* Visual Summaries that link to all of the Activities and Videos, forming a complete review of each chapter
* Study Questions that help the student master the full range of material in each chapter
* Animations & Videos that illustrate many of the complex, dynamic concepts and processes of biological psychology
* Activities that help the student review key structures and processes
* Online Quizzes (including both multiple-choice and essay questions) that test the student's grasp of the material, with results stored in the online gradebook (instructor registration required)
* Flashcards activities that review and reinforce the many new terms introduced in each chapter
* "A Step Further," offering advanced coverage of selected topics, allowing students to explore topics more deeply
* A Glossary that provides quick access to definitions of all the important terminology in the textbook

For Instructors

The Behavioral Neuroscience Instructor's Resource Library includes a variety of resources to aid you in the planning of your course, the development of your lectures, and the assessment of your students, including:

* Figures and Tables: All of the line-art illustrations, photographs, and tables from the textbook are provided as both high-resolution and low-resolution JPEGs, all optimized for use in presentation software (such as PowerPoint)

* PowerPoint Resources: Two different types of PowerPoint presentations are provided for each chapter of the textbook:
- All figures, photos, and tables
- A complete lecture presentation, including selected figures

* Videos: New for the eighth edition, a robust collection of video segments from the BBC and other sources bring to life may of the important concepts discussed in the textbook. Excellent as lecture-starters and discussion topics.

* Animations: These detailed animations help enliven lectures and illustrate dynamic processes.

* Instructor's Manual

* Test Bank

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