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Behavioral Neuroscience

Tenth Edition

S. Marc Breedlove

Publication Date - 01 February 2023

ISBN: 9780197616857

848 pages
9 x 10-7/8 inches

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Breedlove & Watson's 10th Edition of Behavioral Neuroscience combines the most current and exciting research in the field with an unparalleled art program and a suite of interactive digital tools to help introductory neuroscience and behavioral neuroscience students grasp complex biological processes.


For over 20 years, Breedlove & Watson's Behavioral Neuroscience has successfully presented the most current research through an engaging narrative, strong clinical examples, an exceptional visual approach to the content, and an authoritative introduction to the field.

Written for the first course in biopsychology and neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience 10th Edition by Marc Breedlove and Neil Watson provides a strong foundation for understanding neural functioning and brain-behavior relations.

Using stellar examples of today's most exciting research, an unparalleled art program that clarifies complex biological processes, and visual summaries that remind students of the principle findings presented in each chapter, Behavioral Neuroscience helps introductory neuroscience and behavioral neuroscience understand the dynamic and exciting field of neuroscience.

Behavorial Neuroscience is available with Oxford Insight. Oxford Insight pairs best-in-class OUP content with curated
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New to this Edition

  • Significant updates to Chapter 17, Learning and Memory, and Chapter 18, Attention and Higher Cognition chapters based on reviewer feedback.
  • Updated coverage of recent research throughout.
  • Added coverage on, Race/racism, COVID 19, Gender/sexuality.


  • Unparalleled art program that clarifies complex biological processes.
  • "Real-world" examples describe complex topics in a comprehensive and easy-to-visualized way.
  • An abundance of clinical applications and examples.
  • Visual summaries that remind students of the principle findings presented in each chapter.
  • A robust video collection (from BBC and other sources) brings many of the book's important concepts to life.
  • "The Cutting Edge" highlights an up-to-the-moment discovery or technical innovation, while illustrating the logic and methodology of experimentation and hypothesis testing.

About the Author(s)

S. Marc Breedlove, the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, 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 a Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Chair of Psychology. He teaches biological psychology to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students each year.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Scope and Outlook

    Part 1 Biological Foundations of Behavior
    Chapter 2 Functional Neuroanatomy
    Chapter 3 Neurophysiology
    Chapter 4 The Chemistry of Behavior
    Chapter 5 Hormones and the Brain

    Part 2 Evolution and Development of the Nervous System
    Chapter 6 Evolution of the Brain and Behavior
    Chapter 7 Life-Span Development of the Brain and Behavior

    Part 3 Perception and Action
    Chapter 8 General Principles of Sensory Processing, Touch, and Pain
    Chapter 9 Hearing, Balance, Taste, and Smell
    Chapter 10 Vision From Eye to Brain
    Chapter 11 Motor Control and Plasticity

    Part 4 Regulation and Behavior
    Chapter 12 Sex
    Chapter 13 Homeostasis
    Chapter 14 Biological Rhythms, Sleep, and Dreaming

    Part 5 Emotions and Mental Disorders
    Chapter 15 Emotions, Aggression, and Stress
    Chapter 16 Psychopathology

    Part 6 Cognitive Neuroscience
    Chapter 17 Learning and Memory
    Chapter 18 Attention and Higher Cognition
    Chapter 19 Language and Lateralization

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