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The Biology of Love

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Author: Arthur Janov
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In this revolutionary work, famed psychotherapist Arthur Janov, author of The Primal Scream, presents the first unified theory of psychology and brain chemistry. Relying on years of experience with patients and a great deal of evidence from psychology and neurology, Janov explains how love significantly affects not only psychological well-being but physical health and personality traits as well. In fact, its long-lasting biological effects critically influence brain structure and brain chemistry in the developing fetus and the growing child.

Janov's central thesis is that prenatal experience and birth trauma are imprinted on our nervous systems, and if this crucial period of life is beset by trouble and stress, whether mental or physical, the deep-seated effects can result in psychological problems or psychosomatic diseases later in life. By the same token, lack of love after birth, when the infant needs the touch of loving caresses, can be as injurious to the healthy development of intelligence and personality as lack of food. Janov cites scientific evidence to demonstrate how the formation of our nervous system, especially the complex neural connections of the brain, can be influenced by the presence or absence of a loving, nurturing environment, both before and after birth.

But beyond analyzing mental and physical ailments, this book is also about cure. Through Janov's unique therapeutic techniques, he enables patients to relive those critical periods of love deprivation that are at the root of their problems. 

This provocative, original work, synthesizing the latest neurological research and psychological theory with Dr. Janov's long experience of successfully treating patients, is understandable to the educated lay person and will be of great interest to professionals in medicine and psychology alike.

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The Birth Of The Mind: How A Tiny Number Of Genes Creates The Complexities Of Human Thought

The Birth Of The Mind: How A Tiny Number Of Genes Creates The Complexities Of Human Thought Lowest new price: $10.99
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Author: Gary Marcus

In The Birth of the Mind , award-winning cognitive scientist Gary Marcus irrevocably alters the nature vs. nurture debate by linking the findings of the Human Genome project to the development of the brain.Startling findings have recently revealed that the genome is much smaller than we once thought, containing no more than 30,000-40,000 genes. Since this discovery, scientists have struggled to understand how such a tiny number of genes could contain the instructions for building the human brain, arguably the most complex device in the known universe. Synthesizing up-to-the-minute biology with his own original findings on child development, Marcus is the first to resolve this apparent contradiction by chronicling exactly how genes create the infinite complexities of the human mind. Along the way, he dispels the common misconceptions people harbor about genes, and explores the stunning implications of this research for the future of genetic engineering.Vibrantly written and completely accessible to the lay reader, The Birth of the Mind will forever change the way we think about our origins and ourselves.

The Human Genome Project has revealed that we possess a surprisingly small number of genes, especially in light of our fairly complex bodies. In The Birth of the Mind, NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus brings together current research on how our genetic code assembles that most mysterious physiological structure, the brain. Readers fascinated by the works of Steven Pinker and other mind theorists will be fascinated by Marcus' descriptions of strange--and sometimes disturbing--sensory experiments carried out on chimps, ferrets, and kittens that show how the brain organizes itself in the presence or absence of external stimuli. Further, Marcus writes that there's nothing particularly special about how the brain is built and maintained.

What's amazing is how little of the overall scheme for embryonic development is special to the brain. Although thousands of genes are involved in brain development, a large number of them are shared with (or have close counterparts in) genes that guide the development of the rest of the body.

With plenty of evidence supporting the notion of multi-function "housekeeping genes," Marcus concludes that our hopes for finding single genes responsible for various brain disorders are likely unfounded. The Birth of the Mind offers an engaging and often witty look at how our genetic code can be simple enough to make basic proteins and complicated enough to help us learn languages. --Therese Littleton

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The Psychobiology of Attachment and Separation (Behavioral Biology : An International Series)

The Psychobiology of Attachment and Separation (Behavioral Biology : An International Series) Lowest used price: $2.40
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Author: Martin Reite

The Psychobiology of Attachment and Separation provides an understanding of certain theoretical issues involved in social attachment and separation. The book brings together a number of investigators studying animal and human models of the psychobiology of attachment and separation. The contributors are actively conducting studies that incorporate physiological measures in attachment-separation paradigms. Thus, the book's unique features include reviews and interpretations of recent data on the physiological correlates of attachment and separation behavior in both animals and humans. The book is divided into two parts, one on animal models and one on human models. The first part reviews research from several animal species, including studies on the biology of maternal behavior and physiological, neurochemical, and neuroanatomical correlates of both attachment and separation. The chapters on animal models provide an overview of the state of knowledge on both the biology of social attachment and the biological correlates of separation. The second part presents reviews and new data on attachment and separation in human infants. A summary chapter examines both animal and human data and offers a synthesis of the results, including clinical implications and ideas for future research.


Textbook of Biological Psychiatry

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A Textbook of Biological Psychiatry integrates the basicscience concerning brain mechanisms of psychiatric disordersalongside surveys of present standard clinical treatment. Organizedin a coherent and easy to follow structure, chapters expand acrossdifferent levels of analysis, from basic mechanisms to clinicalpractice. This comprehensive reference provides an integrativetreatment of the biochemistry of neurotransmission, behavioralpharmacology, and clinical aspects of psychiatric problemsincluding depression, manic-depression, and mood disorders. Otherchapters address the biological mechanisms and treatment ofdepression, anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, andaddictions. The editor concludes with a perspective on the futureof the field and prospects for understanding and effectivelytreating mood and anxiety disorders.

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Developmental Psychobiology (Handbooks of Behavioral Neurobiology) (Volume 13)

Developmental Psychobiology (Handbooks of Behavioral Neurobiology) (Volume 13) Lowest new price: $119.76
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ELLIOTT M. BLASS Fifteen years have passed since the first volume on developmental psychobiology (Blass, 1986) appeared in this series and 13 since the publication of the second volume (Blass, 1988). These volumes documented the status of the broad domain of scientific inquiry called developmental psychobiology and were also written with an eye to the future. The future has been revolutionary in at least three ways. First, there was the demise of a descriptive ethology as we had known it, to be replaced first by sociobiology and later by its more sophisticated versions based on quantitative predictions of social interactions that reflected relatedness and inclu­ sive fitness. Second, there was the emergence of cognitive science, including cogni­ tive development, as an enormously strong and interactive multidisciplinary effort. Making the "functional" brain more accessible made this revolution all the more relevant to our discipline. In the laboratory, immunocytochemical detection of immediate / early genes, such as los, now allows us to trace neuronal circuits activated during complex behaviors. The "functional" brain of primates, especially humans, was also made very accessible through neuroimaging with which we can look at and into brains as they solve and attempt to solve particular tasks. Those of us who were trained in neurology as graduate students two or three decades ago recognize only the people in white coats and patients in beds or on gurneys when we visit neurologi­ cal units today. The rest is essentially new.


Developmental Psychobiology: New Methods and Changing Concepts

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Important strides have been made in the techniques used to study the immature organism. Here a group of respected developmental psychobiologists, many of whom invented and pioneered these techniques, present contemporary experimental methods in the context of functional themes, such as learning, nutrition, and endocrinology. In each of the chapters, the authors describe how using the new methods changed their way of thinking about development and led to creative ideas about the field of developmental psychobiology. Thus the reader can follow the thinking and actions of the author from the original experimental question to the resulting ideas and follow-up questions. Chapter topics range broadly from cell biology to social learning, and utilize invertebrate and amphibian species as well as mammals. The first part of the book, on Behavioral Systems, is divided into regulatory processes, learning, and ontogenic adaptation. The second part, on Physiological Systems, is divided into chapters on regulation, neural plasticity, and neuropharmacology. The book is full of practical information on how to perform specific techniques, and each author provides more details in the methodology than usually found in published reports. Along with a detailed index, the authors provide a list of vendors for hard-to-find equipment.


Study Guide to Accompany Bob Garrett’s Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Third Edition

Study Guide to Accompany Bob Garrett’s Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Third Edition Lowest new price: $13.58
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Author: Bob L. Garrett

Prepared by Beth Powell (Smith College), this Study Guide offers additional review and practice to help you succeed in your Biological Psychology class. Each chapter corresponds to the appropriate chapter in Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Third Edition and contains the following:

  • Chapter outlines
  • Learning objectives
  • Summary and guided reviews (incorporating key terms and concepts)
  • Short-answer and essay questions
  • Chapter post-test

You will also find useful study resources on the open-access Student Study Site at http://www.sagepub.com/garrett3e.

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The Biology of Emotions

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Author: Jean-Didier Vincent

What is love? Can we explain Romeo's love for Juliet? What are desire, pleasure, sadness and the taste for power and domination? In short, how do we make sense of our passions? Going beyond the traditional dichotomy of body and soul, of the reasonable brain and the passionate body, Jean-Didier Vincent proposes a new theory of emotions which aims to harmonize our understanding of humankind. Not that he reduces love to an equation. On the contrary, he aims to show what love and beauty mean in a book whose humour is paralleled by its serious intellectual endeavour.


LSD: My Problem Child: Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism, and Science

LSD: My Problem Child: Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism, and Science Lowest new price: $46.40
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Author: Albert Hofmann
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The distinguished Sandoz Laboratories biochemist who discovered LSD details the problems stemming from his research on hallucinogens and comments on mysticism and materialism as he illuminates the controversy regarding brain-mind relationships

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Developmental Psychobiology: An Interdisciplinary Science

Developmental Psychobiology: An Interdisciplinary Science Lowest new price: $19.14
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Author: George F. Michel

This text is the first to provide a coherent theoretical treatment of the flourishing new field of developmental psychobiology which has arisen in recent years on the crest of exciting advances in evolutionary biology, developmental neuroscience, and dynamic systems theory.

Michel and Moore, two of the field's key pioneers and researchers, integrate primary source information from research in both biological and psychological disciplines in a clear account of the frontier of biopsychological investigation and theorizing.

Explicitly conceptual and historical, the first three chapters set the stage for a clear understanding of the field and its research, with particular attention to the nature-nurture question. The next three chapters each provide information about a basic subfield in biology (genetics, evolution, embryology) that is particularly relevant for developmental studies of behavior. These are followed by extended treatments of three spheres of inquiry (behavioral embryology, cognitive neuroscience, animal behavior) in terms of how a successful interdisciplinary approach to behavioral development might look. A final chapter comments on some of the unique aspects of development study.

From this detailed and clearly organized text, students will achieve a firm grasp of some of science's most fertile questions about the relation between evolution and development, the relation between brain and cognitive development, the value of a natural history approach to animal behavior―and what it teaches us about humans―and much more. Each chapter contains material that questions the conventional wisdom held in many subdisciplines of biology and psychology. Throughout, the text challenges students to think creatively as it thoroughly grounds them in the field's approach to such topics as behavioral-genetic analysis, the concept of innateness, molecular genetics and development, neuroembryology, behavioral embryology, maturation, cognition, and ethology.

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