Dr. James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is the most widely used text in the course area, and for good reason: an extremely high level of scholarship, clear and occasionally humorous writing style, and precise examples. Throughout all eleven editions, Kalat's goal has been to. Dr. James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is the most widely used text in the course area, translated into seven other languages. There are good. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Very accessible to students. Well organized within each chapter Biological Psychology 12th Edition, site Edition. by.
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For example, within biological basis on behavior, there are discussions on both For example, within biological basis on behavior, there are discussions on both the macro level brain and hormonal regulation as well as molecular epigenetics in psychology. There is a vocabulary section at the end of each chapter as well as discussion questions and citations.
From Noba, there are many instructor's resources available as well. Still, there are gaps, which is expected when covering such a large field. This text does give students the basics so with light supplement it would seem appropriate for a introductory course or with supplement could aid in upper level courses.
From what I was able to review, this text is accurate and thorough. While details can be a little oversimplified at times, I think these are necessary in the scope of an overview of an entire field. The author attempts to keep the content as current as possible by including details on areas that are "hot" in research right now.
I don't believe that this will make this text obsolete quickly. It does at least bring in newer concepts rather than sticking to the traditional. I think that it allows is organized in such a manner that new sections could be easily added to existing as needed.
Even for an individual instructor it would be easy to select the overview chapters within an unit and then simply use review articles if they should want to drive deeper into a different topic that what the author choose to use. I think this text is written at a level that is easy to follow for an undergraduate student. In additional, the vocabulary section are the end of the chapter are useful aides as well.
I didn't find any material that seemed to be offensive. It might benefit from a little more discussion on cultural impacts on psychology. Overall, I found this text to be a good source for basics within each area.
I think this text as one of the few open access in this area could be used in addition to recently published reviews to give the students both the basics and detailed information without the high cost of commercial textbooks. This may not be the best option if you want one source to support a course.
I found this textbook to be quite comprehensive, including the "traditional" topics usually covered in a biopsychology text , but also adding fascinating chapters on topics such as epigenetics and aging. The coverage of the material seemed The coverage of the material seemed ideally appropriate for a or level course for psychology and biology majors, including higher level concepts that required understanding from other areas of science, not just biology and chemistry.
I did notice one glaring absence - a chapter covering the neuron and how it fires, as well as the function of glial cells - also something I could easily provdie myself, but unusual to be missing from a biopsychology text. While many higher-order concepts were covered, it is highly unusual to find any physiological psychology text that does not discuss the neuron because it is the basic unit of the nervous system and understadning its physiology is essential to such areas as sensroy function and psychopharmacology.
The index at the end of the book was quite thorough. However the glossaries were placed at the end of each chapter, and, as with the content of the chapters, varied in thoroughness - also a very easily corrected problem for any adaptations of the text.
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Given the rate at which information changes in the field of neuroscience, I was impressed with its accuracy and inclusiveness. I found this book to contain coverage of topics that are currently on the front line of investigation, such as entrainment and the psychophysiology of emotion, with a high degree of accuracy.
As I previously mentioned, the very basic concepts of cell firing and maintaining the resting potential of the neuron were completely absent from discussion anywhere int his text. I found the chapter on psychopharmacology to be particularly short, offering only the most simplistic introduction to the topic, whereas it is central to the field of psychology, particularly clinical psychology.
Almost all clients are on psychoactive medications and the therapist should have a slightly better than average understanding of how these drugs work.
This text will provide only an introductory psychology level perspective on that area. The writing was very engaging, something to be treasured in the STEM fields, where emphasis is usually more on the information being presented than on the style in which it is being presented.
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Since each chapter had a different author s , this varied, but only slightly across chapters. The consistency across chapters is poor. Some writers are clearly masters of their fields and provide extremely well-written and detailed accounts of their field, while others write short, concise introductions to their area, but leave the reader with little "meat to chew on.
The book's modularity is what contributes to the ease of which one could address its omissions. Modules were complete and did not rely on other modules in order to fit well into the scheme of things.
I would find this book easy to adapt to my own purposes, supplementing when I thought necessary and omitting topics that I did not consider particularly relevant to the course, without taking away from the "book" quality of the text.
The overall flow of the book was good. Chapters were organized in such a way that the topics seemed to flow logically from one to the next. There was some duplication in coverage, but this makes omitting certain chapters easier if the instructor wants to include other material without losing all of the material from any particular chapter. I accessed the book as a pdf requiring Adobe Acrobat and printed selected topics for closer inspection.
Both methods permitted me to find exactly what I wanted when I wanted it. It ws very easy to move throughout the book by just sliding my mouse. Between the table of contents and the index, I had no trouble locating particular terms or concepts. The grammar was excellent - and I am a grammar gestapo, according to my students. These folks do not only write well, but they write in grammatically correct English - a rare finding in my opinion.
Given the biological nature of the book, I did not find it to be biased toward any particular culture. I very much enjoyed reading this text and will probably adopt it for my physiological psychology text the next time I teach the course.
If a comprehensive introduction to psychology as a biological science is expected from this module open textbook, the reader will be disappointed. This is because each topic has been given unexpectedly cursory coverage.
For example, recalling For example, recalling that the title of the book promises to inform students about psychology as a biological science, the glossary contains no definitions for the terms neuron, nerve cell, or glial cell. Unfortunately, there really is very little about this book that would appeal to a professor wishing to take the neuroscience approach to the teaching of an Introductory Psychology course. The lack of depth extends to most topics. For example, the discussion of research methods fails to include a discussion of the different types of research designs or their interpretation, nor is there even a discussion of independent or dependent variables despite the reference to those undefined terms in a later chapter.
The figures and graphics in this text are largely ineffective as tools for clarifying concepts.
For example, there is no detailed diagram of how a neuron works, or even an image of how one looks, but there are two different photographs of a finger with a string tied around it page and page The student is not provided with adequate information to understand difficult concepts such as neurotransmission, but is treated to numerous appealing images of babies, families, and puppies.
The material that was included was generally accurate. However there were a few minor inaccuracies in the discussion of the brain that were mainly due to oversimplification.
This book is no more vulnerable to longevity issues than any other. It will need to be updated annually. I did use the search feature on the PDF reader to check out the age of the sources and it appears that the chapters are largely updated thru the end of with three sources from So a revision will be needed at the end of to keep current.
The lack of depth in many of the early chapters creates serious issues with clarity in later chapters. For example, the failure to define and discuss research designs creates a problem in later chapters that refer to experimental designs e. The authors of later chapters appear to assume that the students have a working knowledge that is probably not there unless it has been covered in supplemental materials outside of this book. An old idiom came to mind by the time I reached the fifth chapter: This work needed a strong editor.
Some chapters were very shallow and other chapters were assuming a depth of knowledge that was at a much higher level. The book reads as if it were aimed at two different groups of students. The book is clearly organized into independent modules. The problem, however, is that the content in any one module is inadequate to cover that topic without extensive use of outside materials.
Said another way the modules themselves fail to give the students adequate content to come prepared to discuss in lecture. The free PDF version was cumbersome to navigate. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version. Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses. Anatomy of the Nervous System.
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It does at least bring in newer concepts rather than sticking to the traditional.