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Biological Psychology, 11th Edition

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 make biological psychology accessible to psychology students, not just to biology majors and pre-meds. Another goal has been to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior, and Kalat–a skilled teacher–delivers. Updated with new topics, examples, and recent research findings–and supported by a strong media package–this text speaks to today’s students and instructors.


1. The Biological Approach to Psychology. 2. Neurons and Action Potentials. 3. Communication at Synapses. 4. Brain Anatomy. 5. Brain Development and Plasticity. 6. The Visual System. 7. Hearing, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Senses. 8. Control of Movement. 9. Sleeping and Waking. 10. Temperature Control, Thirst, and Hunger. 11. Sexual Behaviors. 12. Biology of Emotion. 13. Learning and Memory. 14. Lateralization, Language, and Consciousness. 15. Abnormal Behavior. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James W. Kalat received his B.A. degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude, and then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in psychology under the supervision of Paul Rozin. Currently, Dr. Kalat is at North Carolina State University where he is a professor of psychology, teaching both introductory psychology and biological psychology. In addition to having authored the best selling biological psychology text, Dr. Kalat is the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition (Wadsworth, 2011) and has published articles on a variety of diverse topics such as taste aversion learning and on the teaching of introductory psychology. A talented and frequently requested speaker, Kalat receives rave reviews wherever he presents, including the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

I bought this book for my bio. psych class. It is very user friendly and offers detailed images of neurons (both drawn and actual photographs). The information provided is easy to read, by that I mean the author has put it in terms where anyone can easily understand it. Overall a great book for beginning neuroscience.

BUYER BEWARE: Some sellers will send you the sample version! If this happens to you make sure to let the seller know! If the cover is taped up, make sure it does not day “Sample Copy”!

I also had this for my course. And it is one of the best text books I have ever read. It’s evident that the writer understands what psychology is and how learning takes place. The way he has organized the book shows this. The “stop and check” parts are amazing in terms of reminding and reinforcing the material in a fun and different way. The summaries are also useful. I usually don’t write reviews but I had to do it for this one. The only downside is its high price, which makes it hard for students to purchase it (many actually don’t purchase it). Bring the price down to 70 dollars and you’ll see so many people buying it. Best of luck.

This is a really great textbook. I am currently a psychology major and this book really did make learning about the biological aspects of psychology easier. It has great visuals and examples that make the material easier to understand. I had rented this textbook but I am now considering buying this. It really is a helpful text for all those who need it.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 11 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111831009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111831004
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches

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