Behavioral Neuroscience (8th International Edition)

ISBN : 9781605357430

S. Marc Breedlove; Neil V. Watson
816 ページ
227 x 272 mm



  • Learning is supported by a best-in-class full-color art program, including hundreds of original illustrations that make it easy to understand structures, mechanisms, and processes in the brain. Many additional graphical elements have been reproduced from primary research sources, bringing the learner closer to the science behind the subject matter.
  • Every chapter includes a special feature called "The Cutting Edge" that highlights an up-to-the-moment discovery or technical innovation, while illustrating the logic and methodology of experimentation and hypothesis testing.
  • Each chapter ends with a unique feature, the "Visual Summary," a poster-like layout that provides a graphical review of the major topics of the chapter and directs students to the figures and online animations that reinforce each point.
  • The text is supported by a rich array of internet-based resources.
  • Over 500 new citations keep the text current and an excellent resource.

For 20 years, instructors have relied on the textbook Biological Psychology for a definitive and comprehensive survey of the neuroscience of behavior. Thanks to the explosion of work in the neurosciences, each of the seven editions has included more neural details than the one before. Thus the time has come to revise the title to reflect the evolution of both the book and the field: Behavioral Neuroscience.
Behavioral Neuroscience, Eighth Edition, provides undergraduates with a lively survey of the field. It offers a broad perspective, encompassing cutting edge neuroscience, lucid descriptions of behavior, evolutionary and developmental perspectives, and clinical applications of research. Despite this comprehensive range of material, the authors have striven in the latest revision to lay bare the neuroscience concepts underlying behavior with concision and clarity.


1: Behavioral Neuroscience: Scope and Outlook

Part I: Biological Foundations of Behavior
2: Functional Neuroanatomy: The Nervous System and Behavior
3: Neurophysiology: The Generation, Transmission, and Integration of Neural Signals
4: The Chemistry of Behavior: Neurotransmitters and Neuropharmacology
5: Hormones and the Brain

Part II: Evolution and Development of the Nervous System
6: Evolution of the Brain and Behavior
7: Life-Span Development of the Brain and Behavior

Part III: Perception and Action
8: General Principles of Sensory Processing, Touch, and Pain
9: Hearing, Vestibular Perception, Taste, and Smell
10: Vision: From Eye to Brain
11: Motor Control and Plasticity

Part IV: Regulation and Behavior
12: Sex: Evolutionary, Hormonal, and Neural Bases
13: Homeostasis: Active Regulation of the Internal Environment
14: Biological Rhythms, Sleep, and Dreaming

Part V: Emotions and Mental Disorders
15: Emotions, Aggression, and Stress
16: Psychopathology: Biological Basis of Behavioral Disorders

Part VI: Cognitive Neuroscience
17: Learning and Memory
18: Attention and Higher Cognition
19: Language and Lateralization


S. Marc Breedlove and Neil V. Watson
S. Marc Breedlove is the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University. He has written over 130 scientific articles investigating the role of hormones in shaping the developing and adult nervous system, publishing in journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He is also passionate about teaching—in the classroom, and in the greater community through interviews with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as broadcast programs such as All Things Considered, Good Morning America, and Sixty Minutes. He has active grant support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Breedlove is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Psychological Science.

Neil V. Watson and the members of his lab at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada study sex-related aspects of the structure and function of the nervous system, with ongoing grant support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. His research, which spans from the effects of hormones and pollutants on the structure of the nervous system to the relationships among social factors, cognition, and steroids in humans, has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Brain Research. Dr. Watson received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Western Ontario and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty at SFU in 1996 where he is now Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Chair of Psychology.