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Physiology of Behavior [Paperback]

Neil R. Carlson
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16 Jan 2012 0205871941 978-0205871940 11

The most current, comprehensive, and teachable text for behavioral neuroscience


Thoughtfully organized, Physiology of Behavior provides a scholarly yet accessible portrait of the dynamic interaction between biology and behavior. Close collaboration between the author and a talented artist has resulted in beautiful, accurate, and pedagogically effective illustrations in every chapter.   


No other author compares to Carlson when it comes to thoroughly updating research. This revision incorporates the latest discoveries in behavioral neuroscience, and includes over 400 new references. Integrated for the first time with MyPsychLab, featuring an interactive Virtual Brain, chapter study plans, flashcards, and other resources, Carlson's 11th edition offers students an immersive and engaging experience. 


A better teaching and learning experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience— for you and your students. Here’s how:

  • Personalize Learning - The new MyPsychLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking — Section Summaries with Thought Questions help students test their understanding of the materials.
  • Engage Students — A close collaboration between the author and a talented artist has resulted in beautiful, accurate, and pedagogically effective illustrations in every chapter.  
  • Explore Research — In light of the rapidly evolving field of behavioral neuroscience, over 400 new references are included in this edition.
  • Support Instructors — With resources such as Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, highly visual PowerPoint Slides, and for the first time ever, the new MyPsychLab with ClassPrep, instructors have everything they need to teach behavioral neuroscience. All of these materials are available to be packaged with the text upon request.

Note: MyPsychLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyPsychLab, please visit or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MyPsychLab (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205889786 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205889785.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 11 edition (16 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205871941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205871940
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois. I had planned to study nuclear physics, but when I discovered in an introductory psychology course that psychology was really a science, I decided that was what I wanted to do. Before changing my major, I talked with several professors and visited their laboratories, and when I saw what physiological psychologists do, I knew that I had found my niche. I stayed on at Illinois and received my Ph.D. Then, after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, I came to the University of Massachusetts, where I’ve been ever since.

When I arrived at UMass I established a laboratory where I investigated the role of the limbic system in species-typical and learned behaviors, continuing work I had done at the University of Illinois. I received several Biomedical Research Support Grants and a research grant from NICHD. As I became more involved in textbook writing, I began to focus my attention more and more on this activity and on my teaching.

I took the opportunity afforded by my first sabbatical leave to write the first edition of Physiology of Behavior. I very much enjoyed the experience, and this endeavor taught me much more about behavioral neuroscience. I was gratified with the positive response of my students and of the colleagues who adopted the book. The pleasure provided by this response and by the enjoyment of keeping up with the literature and writing about it has kept me going for 11 editions. (I have no plans to stop writing.)


I retired from UMass in the fall of 2004 but continue to keep up with developments in the field of behavioral neuroscience and revise my book. The Psychology Department has kindly let me keep an office at the university, which makes it easier for me to continue interacting with my former colleagues.

My interests outside of writing include spending time with our family, traveling, fly fishing, skiing, and flying our small airplane."


--Neil Carlson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive better off with older versions 18 Jun 2014
By Khaajit
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Definitely too expensive for the actual quality of the book. Pages are very thin and easily ripped. Would suggest getting an older version as they are almost exactly the same at a fraction of the cost. Nevertheless, excellent packaging received in very good condition
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 31 Aug 2013
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It is very useful in order to study for behavior psychology. I am satisfied by the quality of book and printing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for year 2 university 8 Feb 2013
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Up to date research, easy to understand at University level (year 2), almost everything I needed for my course, although a not a lot on genetics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid text, but no MyPsychKit access 3 Mar 2009
By J. Rockwell - Published on
So far (about 4-5 chapters in), this text has proved to be a useful introduction into the field of behavioral neuroscience. I had a limited grasp of the field aside from some undergraduate biology, but the author does a good job of systematically walking the reader through the structure of a neural cell, then the central nervous system, sensory systems, and so on. The book is thorough and well-organized, and having the definitions embedded in the text makes studying convenient. The author's tone/approach is plain-spoken and accessible, so reading through the chapters isn't necessarily a chore (lot of information here, though!).

My major qualm is that Amazon advertises this as part of the MyPsychKit series (which allows for online access, study tools, etc.). Unfortunately, my text (and evidently others in my class who also bought this new edition) did not come with the needed access code. Supposedly, the online access requires a separate purchase, though I haven't had a chance to verify this. Aside from the false advertising, I'd recommend the text as a good, thorough introduction to the subject of behavioral neuroscience.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its Peer Group in Behavioral Neuroscience 16 Nov 2013
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I had this text as one of the texts for both introductory and advanced biological psychology PhD courses. It is indeed an introductory text in behavioral neuroscience, but it is robust. Like most texts that provide an overview of an entire field, some will find it falling short as to depth while others may think it too bold in its mission. I have spent a lot of time with this text, but what has made me appreciate it the most is when I read the literature or other texts on the same subject matter and find myself comming back to Carlson to clarify my understanding. This book makes excellent use of figures, drawings, marginalia, and tables that are truly functional and almost reminescent of Stahl's books, which have you spending more time with the figures than the text they are so well done. That is not to say the text is not well done as well. While one can quibble with the topical transitions, the detail and scope in each chapter is excellent. You get a lot of bang for the buck as to detail while covering a wide expanse of knowledge. Compared to peer texts, this one goes into more detail, but does not compromise clarity. Where does it fit? I consider this the Stryer's Biochemistry of biological psychology or like Moleculcar Biology of the Gene. It is a fundamental text and the best of its peer group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced and easy to read 13 May 2010
By Abi - Published on
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This book had, in my opinion, just the right amount of information: the chapters were not too long or overloaded with unnecessary details, but each topic was covered fairly in- depth, and throughout confusing or particularly interesting concepts were highlighted with extra information. This book is a really nice foundation for an introductory behavioral neuroscience course; I still refer to it from time to time. The writing style is easy to read and the case files associated with each chapter add interest. This was one of my favorite textbooks.

MyPsychKit access often isn't available from the publisher right after a new edition is released; sometimes you have to wait for it to become available. Amazon has updated the book's description page to reflect that now, however, so I am giving the book five stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great book but an access card did not come with the book 4 Aug 2014
By shanae Braxton - Published on
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I rented this book and once I recieved it there was no access card with it. Yes I understand it is a rental and other people also use this book many times a year, but that should just mean a fresh access card should come with each rental that gets shipped out. I was very upset that I had to shelve out an additional 75 dollars to purchase a seperate access card.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Physiology of Behavior 11th edition 6 Oct 2013
By Marcia C. Davis - Published on
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This is a very detailed book; it would be excellent for a science person, or those interested in how the brain works
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