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The Mind's Machine

Foundations of Brain and Behavior

Third Edition

Neil V. Watson and S. Marc Breedlove

Publication Date - October 2018

ISBN: 9781605358352

624 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $121.99

The most visually appealing and student-friendly featured brain and behavior book available, The Mind's Machine, 3E, presents an accessible, yet thorough, introduction to the field.


The Mind's Machine, introduced in 2012, was written to impart the core concepts of behavioral neuroscience to students in a diverse range of disciplines, including not only psychology and the other life sciences, but art, philosophy, media studies, linguistics, and the like. Using streamlined text, full-color art, novel pedagogical features, and real-life examples and analogies, The Mind's Machine, Third Edition, engages students new to neuroscience without sacrificing accuracy. This accessible, reader-friendly book is appropriate for brain and behavior, biopsychology, and physiological psychology courses.

New to this Edition

  • Learning Objectives called "The Road Ahead" frame what students are expected to learn by the end of each section.
  • How's It Going? review questions at the end of each section help students organize and rehearse what they've learned so far.
  • Aligning the Instructor's Resources and the Test Bank with the new Learning Objectives will aid instructors in creating assessments that more accurately measure student mastery of key concepts.


  • Signs & Symptoms boxes highlight important clinical issues related to the chapter that apply behavioral neuroscience to the study of clinical disorders.
  • The graphic layout of the Visual Summaries helps organize the material and directs students to figures that reinforce each point. Bold-faced key terms, callouts to pertinent figures, and references to the Companion Website are provided.
  • Important discoveries are explained in the Researchers at Work boxes and include illustrations that highlight the process of experimentation and hypothesis testing.
  • Color art aids students' understanding of biological processes with clear labeling and captioning.
  • A Step Further offers additional, more advanced material for the instructor or student.

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)

September 2015
March 2012

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. An Introduction to Brain and Behavior
    Chapter 2. Cells and Structures: The Anatomy of the Nervous System
    Chapter 3. Neurophysiology: The Generation, Transmission, and Integration of Neural Signals
    Chapter 4. The Chemistry of Behavior: Neurotransmitters and Neuropharmacology
    Chapter 5. The Sensorimotor System
    Chapter 6. Hearing, Balance, Taste, and Smell
    Chapter 7. Vision: From Eye to Brain
    Chapter 8. Hormones and Sex
    Chapter 9. Homeostasis: Active Regulation of the Internal Environment
    Chapter 10. Biological Rhythms and Sleep
    Chapter 11. Emotions, Aggression, and Stress
    Chapter 12. Psychopathology: The Biology of Behavioral Disorders
    Chapter 13. Memory, Learning, and Development
    Chapter 14. Attention and Higher Cognition
    Chapter 15. Language and Lateralization

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