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Biological Psychology, 13e

Author(s): James W. Kalat

ISBN: 9789355733788

Edition: 13th

© Year : 2019


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 624

Trim Size : 279 x 216 mm

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The most widely used text in its course area, James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY has appealed to thousands of students before you. Why? Kalat's main goal is to make Biological Psychology understandable to Psychology students, not just to Biology majors and pre meds--and he delivers. Another goal is to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior. Kalat believes that Biological Psychology is "the most interesting topic in the world," and this text convinces many students--and maybe you, too--with clear writing, amusing anecdotes and intriguing examples.

  • Try It Yourself exercises illustrate phenomena discussed in the text, such as the blind spot, motion blindness, habit learning, hemispheric interactions and binocular rivalry. By enabling students to experience certain research findings directly, these enjoyable, instructive exercises make it easier to comprehend and remember concepts.
  • Each module concludes with a list of key terms with page references, one or more questions to provoke thought and discussion and a set of multiple-choice questions to test important points in the module. Most of the multiple-choice questions are new to this edition.
  • Stop and Check self-quizzes at the end of every major section give students the opportunity to review and digest the material they have just read. Answers--presented upside down--immediately follow each question or set of questions.
  • Kalat incorporates the latest research in Biological Psychology, including significant coverage on Neuroscience and Neuropsychology.



1. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses.

2. Synapses.

3. Anatomy and Research Methods.

4. Genetics, Evolution, Development, and Plasticity.

5. Vision.

6. Other Sensory Systems.

7. Movement.

8. Wakefulness and Sleep.

9. Internal Regulation.

10. Reproductive Behaviors.

11. Emotional Behaviors.

12. The Biology of Learning and Memory.

13. Cognitive Functions.

14. Psychological Disorders.

Appendix A: Brief, Basic Chemistry.

Appendix B: Society for Neuroscience Policies on the Use of Animals and Human Subjects in Research.

James W. Kalat

James W. Kalat is professor emeritus of psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught introduction to psychology and biological psychology courses from 1977 through 2012. In addition to this book, Dr. Kalat has authored INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY and has co-authored EMOTION. Dr. Kalat has also written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology and other topics. He has served twice as program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Kalat received an A.B. degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A remarried widower, he and his wife together have five children and five grandchildren.