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Physiology of Behavior [Hardcover]

Neil R. Carlson
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14 July 2003 0205381758 978-0205381753 8

The Eighth Edition of Physiology of Behavior continues its tradition as the most comprehensive, current, and teachable text for physiological psychology.

This classic text incorporates the latest discoveries in the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and physiological psychology and offers the most comprehensive and integrative coverage of research and theory in contemporary behavioral neuroscience.

Thoughtfully organized, it offers scholarly, yet accessible coverage and effectively emphasizes the dynamic interaction between biology and behavior. Collaboration with a talented artist has provided beautiful, accurate, and informative full-color illustrations that further enhance the appeal to both students and professors alike.



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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (14 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205381758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205381753
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 21.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Physiology of Behavior, Eighth Edition continues its tradition as the most comprehensive and current text. This classic text incorporates the latest discoveries in the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and physiological psychology and offers the most comprehensive and integrated coverage of research and theory. Collaboration with a talented artist has provided beautiful, accurate, and informative full-color illustrations that further enhance the appeal of this text.

The expanded Neuroscience Animations and Student Study Guide CD-ROM has new animations, study questions, and more. New to this edition, CD-ROM icons in the text now provide further guidance to the reader on the additional study aids found on the CD-ROM.

“I've long viewed Carlson's book as the gold standard of Physiological Psychology texts.” -Timothy Robinson, Gustavus Adolphus College

“Since Carlson's scholarship is excellent, I think he spots new trends as they arise. Both students and staff can read this text with profit. He gives us an excellent picture of what is happening as we speak.” -Charles Kutscher, Syracuse University

“Carlson brings a high level of scholarship, current research and descriptive clarity together in one supremely useable textbook package.” -Rebecca R. Tews, Virginia Commonwealth University


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2.0 out of 5 stars took the best part of 5 weeks to arrive 20 Jan 2014
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I needed this book for my exams but it turned up after I'd finished the exam I needed it for.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Textbook I've Ever Read 5 Jun 2005
By Nir Soffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I would like to find Neil Carlson and shake his hand. This is is without a doubt one of the best textbooks I've had the pleasure of using.

I'm in my senior year of studying cognitive sciences and so far I've had two courses that used this book. When studying for exams in those course I simply read the relevant chapters. The material is concise, well-organized, summarized just when you need it to be summarized, pockmarked with occasional interesting tidbits and stories, just to keep you interested. Every once in a while there's a small terminology box to refresh your memory on the terms you've just encountered.

Simply put, it's a book that makes studying the (rather complex, actually) subject of physiology of behaviour easy.

If you need this book for a course, I heartily recommend you buy it instead of just borrowing from friends. I'm not sure why you would want to buy such a book for non-academic purposes and just to read it for the hell of it - but if you do - it's a book that supplies a lot of information in a very easy to digest manner.

Two thumbs up. Good job Dr/Prof/Mr/Whatever Carlson...
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good primer to behavioral neuroscience 9 Feb 2005
By Daniel Kueh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a good introductory book for psychology students with little or no background in physics, chemistry, and biology. The author does a good job in explaining difficult concepts in simple layman's terms. I do wish however that he would expand a little bit more on neural development.

Folks with a good background in neuroscience should consider using Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell's Principles of Neural Science instead.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text for Nervous system introduction to Undergrads 13 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have used this text for over 4 years now and have nothing but praises for the manner in which it is written. It covers very difficult material in a reader-friendly manner without downplaying the importance of its contents. As with all texts, while there are some inaccuracies, these do not detract from the overall excellence of the text. In fact, they reflect the vibrant, rapidly changing nature of the field. As Torsten Wiesel said recently, 90% of what we know about the brain has been discovered within this decade, the Decade of the Brain.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 28 Oct 2000
By C. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am an undergraduate neuroscience major at Univeristy of Massachustts, Amherst, and I had the author of this book , Dr Neil Carlson, as my professor for both the undergrad and grad level of this course. I am now a TA for the course, so I know the book pretty well. It is written in exactly the same style as he lectures. This probably because the book was originally developed from notes he used to hand out, which you can tell when reading the book. He has little personal comments inserted in paragraphs; he writes in the first person; he has strange analogies; he sometimes jumps from subject to subject; but overall, the book is quite good. The best things about the book are the diagrams and the cd. They very clearly illustrate exactly what he's discussing, and make the subject at hand easier for students to understand. As for the breadth of the material covered, it seems to be quite wide. He starts off with the basics, like neuron structure and brain anatomy, but then quickly moves on from there to sleep mechanisms, eating behavior, learning and memory, etc. The concentration of the book is on the effects of hormones on the brain and our behaviors resulting from those effects. I would recommend taking some introductory biology courses before trying to tackle the book; my psych major friend who hasn't had a tougher time with the class. Overall though, the book is not that hard to understand. I've learned a lot from it and not been bored while doing it. It's one of the most popular textbooks for the physiology of behavior out there. My book is dogearred from so much use, and though I have used it for 3 semesters, I still feel like I can glean more information from it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reference - college through graduate school 26 Jun 2002
By NM Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This review applies to the 6th edition, which I bought as required reading for my undergraduate Physiological Psychology course. Now, in graduate school, I often refer to this text. The CD-ROM that came with the book has been invaluable as a "refresher" in basic neuroanatomy. The book is written in an easy-to-understand manner. I give it four stars instead of five only because I wish that the authors went into more detail about certain key topics, such as neurotransmitters and brain structures.
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