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Biological Psychology [Paperback]

Dr Fred Toates
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2007 0131975315 978-0131975316 2

Biological Psychology 2/e provides a full introduction to the core topics, concepts, research and debates that are central to our understanding of the brain and the biological basis of our behaviour. The new edition has been thoroughly revised and fully updated and includes an expanded treatment of evolutionary psychology and consciousness. 

Assuming no prior knowledge of biology, the text uses everyday experiences to fully explain complex concepts in an interesting and accessible way.  This is complimented by a range of inventive pedagogical features and extensive full-colour illustrations to stimulate interest and help students develop and test their understanding.



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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Educational/Prentice Hall; 2 edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131975315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131975316
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 20.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An ideal guide to the spectrum of topics a student of
biopsychology would want to read about."
Patricia Roberts, University of Bedfordshire


"Very readable and should be accessible to students studying
biological psychology with minimal science background"
Martin R Yeomans, University of Sussex

"The most thoughtful and thought-provoking textbook for the field
available today... Toates combines what is best in biological psychology"
Kent Berridge, University of Michigan

"This is a superb introduction to biological psychology, written
by one of the UK's leading biological psychologists"
Professor Philip J. Corr, University of Wales, Swansea

"This easy-to-read, up-to-date, creative, thorough, and insightful
text is a marvel of classic biological psychology."
Professor James G. Pfaus, Concordia University, Canada

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

My reasons for writing this book arise from a dilemma and a
long-held conviction associated with this dilemma. It has always seemed to
me that biological psychology is unnecessarily frightening to a large
number of psychology students - I hear so often "I was never any good at
science in school". Yet biology forms an essential part of the subject and
many of this same intimidated population also wish seriously to know about
the biological perspective on psychology. So, I was determined to write a
textbook that would take all of the fear out of the subject but without
diluting the content. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By DXPDF
Format:Paperback
Biological Psychology: AND Companion Website with GradeTracker, Student Access Card
This is an excellent textbook and I highly recommend it. It is so interesting that it reads like a novel. It is current, easy to understand and relevant without being simplistic or reductionist in content. I have found this to be the clearest textbook available on biological psychology and I think I have them all! It is refreshing to be able to read through a topic without having to consult an exterior scientific dictionary.

The text also covers critical new areas like circadian rhythms, the present imaging limitations and the basic mechanisms of addiction and pharmacological interventions in mental health. Topics that will touch us all such as PTSD or Alzheimer's disease are covered with sensitivity and hope using examples of life histories included with the more traditional incidence and prevalence rates. Toates brings these principles to life even sharing personal histories of those who made critical discoveries in these fields.

Everyday examples are used to explain complex scientific principles and the book is beautifully illustrated with diagrams and graphs which are explained with care for those who have little statistical background. In each chapter there are review sections in order to self assess understanding as well as an interactive website membership that comes with the book for easy review.

Both biology and psychology students who bought the earlier version reported using this book and the website for group discussion and review. They suggest it offers hand holding support where needed information is easily found and clearly explained.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource. 31 Mar 2011
By Jan
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, informative yet easy to read and understand. There are no 'difficult to get your head around' bits, Professor Toates explains all the tricky concepts associated with Biological Psychology in such a way that it is very understandable; but more than that, he stimulates you to find out more. I love the questions that he poses - they really do make you stop and think. I would definitely recommend this textbook and associated website to anyone with an interest in human brain and behaviour - and who wants to be inspired and enthused by such a fascinating subject!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 7 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This book has been a life saver for me. I highly recommend it as a comprehensive textbook for students from a psychological background who desire a deeper understanding of the biological basis underlying the psychology. Absolutely fascinating. The author brings the subject alive, and truely bridges the gap between the multitudes of specialties that constitute this discipline. The book provides an introduction at a neuronal level, and shows the relevance of the broader issues of consciousness, behaviour and cognition. Fred Toates is exceptional in his ability to remain sensitive to the needs of the student and the book is an absolute bible to dip in and out of with ease. Anatomical and physiological mechanisms involved in perception movement,and motivation.... the list encompasses all psychological phenomena. And concepts such as somatosensory, plasticity, homeostasis are embraced;
providing an evolutionary, developmental, and comparative perspective of the issues and overview not only the normal but the casestudies of the abnormal, are illuminating and so well written that it brings the subject alive. An absolute must for students or those desiring a deeper understanding the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biological psychology 17 July 2009
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A gentle introduction to the subject by Professor Frederick Toates. It is written for students in a clear, easy manner without complicated latin terms. The colour pictures and graphs assist with demonstrating the text and this aids understanding. The professor writes for for the Open University on this subject, writting the course texts for students and this is I have to say, a far superior book. I am confused by the ou books, but I am picking up far more understanding from this book. If you are studying this subject, I an thoroughly recommend you purchase this. It is indispensable and very enjoyable. The author knows his stuff, as the saying goes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing helper!!! 2 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enrolled in the SD226 Biological Psychology course with the Open University and other students recommended to buy this book. It has been amazing!!! The level of professionalism, the science well explained and the very helpful sum and questions at the end of every subject. It helps learn and retain information so well. It is a definite must for students!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, nice extra resources 28 Mar 2014
By Kath
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Well written book, great detail and easy to understand. Great examples and relevant research are interesting. Great textbook for any student. Worth the purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful! 30 May 2013
By Chez
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A required text for my second year studying Psychology at uni. Was very useful and I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Fred Toates and have my copy signed. Worth purchasing :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all OU SD226 Students 8 May 2013
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Any OU Psychology Degree student will know how challenging SD226 can be. The course books are like wading through treacle and give incomplete explanations. This book provides the support which is so lacking from the OU and for anyone struggling with SD226 this is provides the answers.
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