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Behavioral Neuroscience

Ninth Edition

S. Marc Breedlove and Neil V. Watson

Publication Date - 16 September 2019

ISBN: 9781605359076

840 pages
9 x 10.875 inches

In Stock

Encompasses cutting-edge neuroscience, lucid descriptions of behavior, evolutionary and developmental perspectives, and clinical applications of research


Instructors of behavioral neuroscience are faced with the challenge of how to teach the course's complex material in an accessible and relatable, yet comprehensive way for undergraduate students. For more than twenty years, Breedlove and Watson's Behavioral Neuroscience has successfully solved these problems by presenting the most current, definitive, clear, and authoritative introduction to the field. Using stellar examples of today's most exciting research, an unparalleled art program that clarifies even complex biological processes, visual summaries to remind students of the principle findings presented in each chapter, and a comprehensive suite of digital support tools--including animations with built-in assessments that help test the student's knowledge of biological and behavioral processes and neuroanatomy--Behavioral Neuroscience, Ninth Edition, remains the best resource available to teach introductory neuroscience and behavioral neuroscience courses.

New to this Edition

  • New and substantially updated material in every chapter--and hundreds of new research citations--reflect the most recent developments in the field
  • Chapter-opening vignettes help students put the material into a relatable human context and Cutting Edge elements discuss current topics in every chapter
  • New Learning Objectives in every chapter frame what students are expected to learn by the end of each section
  • Test Bank questions now align with the new Learning Objectives to aid instructors in creating assessments that more accurately measure student mastery of key concepts
  • The addition of assignable questions to the animations and figure questions in the test bank support instructors' teaching and assess what students have learned from these visuals


  • 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 interactive online version that pulls up figures and animations to reinforce each point
  • The text is supported by a rich array of internet-based resources, including a clearinghouse of more than 25,000 web links sorted by chapter and topic
  • More than 400 new citations keep the text current and an excellent resource

About the Author(s)

S. Marc Breedlove is the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University.

Neil V. Watson is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.


"Behavioral Neuroscience provides a strong foundation upon which clinical psychology students can build their understanding of cognitive, emotional, and physical functional correlates--so important for their future clinical profession!"--Allison Fedio, Argosy University

"Behavioral Neuroscience covers topics regarding the brain and nervous system with lucid explanations and figures. The accompanying supplemental materials are a tremendous asset towards augmenting the students' mastery of the material. The text is straightforward, clear, and useful to both instructors and students from many disciplines. I highly recommend it."--Mario Mata, California State University

"This comprehensive text makes neuroscience accessible to a wide range of students. It engages students with cutting edge neuroscientific research findings and research methodology behind the biological basis of behavior."--Sarita Lagalwar, Skidmore College

"The breadth of topics, beautiful illustrations, and organization provide students with a solid understanding of neuroscience and the biological bases of behavior."--Stephen Lippi, George Mason University

"I am greatly impressed by the authors' ability to present this material to psychology students--who may not have much prior biology background--in a way that makes it engaging and approachable. They include clinical examples without sacrificing accuracy or neglecting to acknowledge the complexities and remaining challenges."--Susan Bachus, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"This book is a comprehensive survey of behavioral neuroscience with strong sections on development, evolution, and hormonal regulation of behavior. Highly detailed information about each topic is organized with emphasis on how behaviors are elicited rather than by anatomical connections. Engaging figures throughout the textbook and visual summaries at the end of each chapter provide high quality illustration of challenging concepts."--Jennifer Wilhelm, College of Charleston

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. Functional Neuroanatomy
    Chapter 3. Neurophysiology
    Chapter 4. The Chemistry of Behavior
    Chapter 5. Hormones and the Brain


    Chapter 6. Evolution of the Brain and Behavior
    Chapter 7. Life-Span Development of the Brain and Behavior


    Chapter 8. General Principles of Sensory Processing, Touch, and Pain
    Chapter 9. Hearing, Balance, Taste, and Smell
    Chapter 10. Vision
    Chapter 11. Motor Control and Plasticity


    Chapter 12: Sex
    Chapter 13: Homeostasis
    Chapter 14: Biological Rhythms, Sleep, and Dreaming

    Chapter 15: Emotions, Aggression, and Stress
    Chapter 16: Psychopathology

    Chapter 17: Learning and Memory
    Chapter 18: Attention and Higher Cognition
    Chapter 19: Language and Lateralization

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