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  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132052962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132052962
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.5 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction to Biopsychology is a lively and engaging introduction to brain and behaviour. Assuming no background knowledge in biology or psychology this book will help any biopsychology student keep abreast of the latest developments in this dynamic and forward-looking area of psychology. Its modern feel and friendly format provides academically rigorous information on all key areas of the discipline in a clear and easy-to-read way. Supported throughout by diagrams and images, this new expanded edition leads the reader with ease through key concepts and cutting-edge research in biopsychology.

This edition:

  • Includes a NEW comprehensive and wide-ranging chapter on sensory systems, which affect our perception and understanding of the world around us
  • Includes a NEW chapter providing a unique insight into degenerative diseases of the brain including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s  and Huntington’s diseases
  • Contains an extensively revised chapter on emotion, including information on the fascinating role of frontal lobes in behaviour, and the rise and fall of psychosurgery
  • Has been substantially re-written and extended throughout to provide more information and detail on all key areas of the syllabus
  • Places a strong emphasis on the historical development of the subject to help students gain a deeper understanding of the main themes in biopsychology
  • Describes exciting and up-to-date research, including recent advances in cognitive neuroscience and genetics, which illustrates how the discipline is moving forward.
  • New special interest boxes that provide new insights into the brain and will stimulate debate. These include topics such as: how laughter affects the same areas of the brain as cocaine; what happens when a blind person sees again; and whether your sleeping habits make you a lark or an owl!

This edition includes bibliographies to encourage further reading, and a detailed glossary to help students get to grips with key concepts. It also features search terms to help students locate further information on the Internet.

The companion website to Introduction to Biopsychology has also been substantially updated and can be found at www.pearsoned.co.uk/wickens. This fantastic learning tool provides additional support for students and includes:

·        Interactive animations to bring study of the brain to life

·        Mind Maps to aid learning and retention of information

·        Multiple choice questions and exercises to test progress

·        An essay-writing guide to assist with assignments

·        Links to relevant websites for further research

Dr Andrew Wickens is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and specialises in teaching biopsychology and neuroscience.

"A detailed account of the important areas of Biopsychology written in a friendly and accessible ‘voice’. Students will particularly welcome the applications of Biopsychology to mental illness and degenerative diseases of the brain... examples bring the subject to life in an applied setting and remind students of the rich tapestry of research and history in the area." Dr. Paul Aleixo (De Montfort University)

"A very accessible and informative introduction to Biopsychology including excellent illustrations and numerous up-to-date research examples. The two new chapters... are a welcome additionto the third edition and contribute to a better coverage of research topics relevant for Biological Psychology today."  Dr Hannie van Hooff  (University of Kent)


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This is an invaluable resource for the student of Biopsychology.
It is extremely well written and well structured. Each chapter includes diagrams, essay questions and a chapter summary.
A fantastic addition to the book is the accompanying website which includes mind maps, self test questions and interactive animations, which all help the reader get to grips with this difficult but fascinating subject.
This is a great learning resource, with up to date research, but above all, a very readable and accessible introduction to biological psychology. Indispensable!
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Very detailed and descriptive, easy to understand and take on board. Will be put to very good use on my degree as its packed with fantastic points!
Even better the author is my lecturer and he teaches as good as he writes so i recommend to anyone who is interested in buying!
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This book is an extremely useful reference book for anyone studing the subject of biopsychology. It is factual and backed up by scientific experimental data within the text. I have found it to be a marvellous aid to my studies. I cannot rate the book highly enough. It is well written and draws the reader easily into the subject matter. The associated website is also a valid tool for learning, providing additional study support.
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This guy is my lecturer for Neuro-Psychology at my University. He is witty and always has a tale to tell - most importantly he gets the point across every time WITHOUT all the other hash thrown in to confuse you. His book is much the same. Simple to understand, yet detailed enough to be all you need for the majority of your course.
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I really like this book. The first part of chapter 1 gives a good historical background about the brain which I enjoyed. I then read chapter 13 on degenerative diseases which was quite technical in places, but still fascinating. Since then, I have read all the special interest boxes (2 in each chapter) which gives a good over view of biopsychology. This is my favourate psychology textbook by far.
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This is an amazing book. Its written in a straight forward manner, doesn't try to blind you with science, but rather incorporates it into a story. Its very easy to read, and I could not approach any essay in this subject without this book. Andy is one of my lecturers and the book reads as if he is talking to you. I am not biased though!
The sections at the start on action potentials are made easy so that anyone can understand. I even refer back to it for pharmacology and physiology modules. A great chapter on neurodegenerative disease too.
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