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The Mind's Machine

Second Edition

Neil V. Watson and S. Marc Breedlove

Publication Date - September 2015

ISBN: 9781605352763

471 pages
9 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $151.95

Engages students from a diverse range of disciplines in the core concepts of behavioral neuroscience



About the Author(s)

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. He teaches biological psychology to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students each year.

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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2012


"The writing style is great--almost like you are having a conversation with someone rather than reading a textbook." --Joseph H. Porter, Virginia Commonwealth University

"The students' response was very positive. They found the writing very clear, the visual summaries very helpful, and the animations particularly supportive of their studying efforts. Students also commented positively on the availability of the textbook in electronic format; in addition, they really liked the textbook's website." --Evangelia Chrysikou, University of Kansas

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"As far as I'm concerned, The Mind's Machine 2E is the best book of its kind on the market. The level of detail in some neuroscience/biopsych textbooks can be overwhelming to 200-level psychology students, but this book finds the sweet spot between too simple and too complex." --Scott F. Stoltenberg, University of Nebraska

"One of the biggest reasons I continue to be so loyal to this textbook is because of the beautifully informative illustrations. It's really well-written, and the illustrations and online supplementary materials are AMAZING. . . . the textbook covers a comprehensive breadth of 'essential' material in biopsychology." --Melana Yanos, Seattle Central College

Table of Contents

    *An Introduction to Brain and Behavior

    *Cells and Structures: The Anatomy of the Nervous System

    *Neurophysiology: The Generation, Transmission, and Integration of Neural Signals

    *The Sensorimotor System

    *Hearing, Balance, Taste, and Smell

    *Vision: From Eye to Brain

    *Hormones and Sex

    *Homeostasis: Active Regulation of the Internal Environment

    *Biological Rhythms and Sleep

    *Emotions, Aggression, and Stress

    *Psychopathology: The Biology of Behavioral Disorders

    *Memory, Learning, and Development

    *Attention and Consciousness

    *Language and Our Divided Brain

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