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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: $10.87
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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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Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation

Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation Lowest new price: $9.43
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Author: Glenn Wilson
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A key study in the psychobiology of sexual orientation and its true causes.
Since the ground-breaking work of Simon LeVay and Dean Hamer in the early 1990s, a tremendous amount of new research has been carried out by scientists who now understand a great deal more about the biology of sexual attraction. In this book the authors show that attempts to find a sociological cause for homosexuality have little foundation and argue that popular efforts to blame parents or teachers for a child's homosexuality are futile and unjust. Combining their own findings with all the available quantifiable research, the authors have, with this study, provided an urgently needed addition to the major work that has been done in this field.

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Hormones and Behaviour: A Psychological Approach

Hormones and Behaviour: A Psychological Approach Lowest new price: $9.94
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Author: Dr Nick Neave
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Recent advances in non-invasive sampling techniques have led to an increase in the study of hormones and behaviour. Behaviour is complex but can be explained to a large degree by interactions between various psychological and physiological components, such as the interplay between hormonal and psychological systems. This new textbook from Nick Neave offers a detailed introduction to the fascinating science of behavioural endocrinology from a psychological perspective, examining the relationships between hormones and behaviour in both humans and animals. Neave explains the endocrine system and the ways in which hormones can influence brain structure and function, and presents a series of examples to demonstrate how hormones can influence specific behaviours, including sexual determination and differentiation, neurological differentiation, parental behaviours, aggressive behaviours and cognition. This introductory textbook will appeal to second and third year social science undergraduate students in psychology and biomedicine.

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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: $14.99
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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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12: Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology

12: Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology Lowest new price: $69.99
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Author: Alan N. Epstein


Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development

Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development Lowest new price: $75.41
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This collection of 22 papers from the October 1995 Festschrift for Dr. Daniel G. Freedman begins with two papers by the doctor in which he discusses his mentors and various aspects of his holistic approach to human behavior, which considers both and evolutionary and cultural factors. The remaining papers apply themes raised by Dr. Freedman to four disciplines: behavioral genetics, human ethology, evolutionary psychology, and cultural studies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Developmental Psychobiology: An Interdisciplinary Science

Developmental Psychobiology: An Interdisciplinary Science Lowest new price: $16.36
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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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Biological Psychology (with CD-ROM)

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Author: James W. Kalat

Dr. James W. Kalat's BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY is the best selling text in the market because of its extremely high level of scholarship, clear and occasionally humorous writing style, and precise examples integrated throughout the text. Throughout all nine editions, the goal has been to make biological psychology accessible to psychology students, not just to biology majors and pre-meds. The goal has also been to convey the excitement of the search for biological explanations of behavior. Kalat argues that biological psychology is "the most interesting topic in the world," and this text convinces many students. Try-it-yourself activities in the book and on-line help illustrate phenomena and procedures described in the text. Accuracy, currency and a clear presentation style have always been the trademark signature of this text and this Ninth Edition has taken these qualities to the next level. An extremely skilled teacher, Dr. Kalat has written a text that not only speaks to today's students but to their professors as well. Accuracy, currency and a clear presentation style have always been the trademark signature of this text and this Ninth Edition has taken these qualities to the next level.

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Psychobiological Foundations of Psychiatric Care, 1e

Psychobiological Foundations of Psychiatric Care, 1e Lowest new price: $15.44
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Author: Norman L. Keltner EdD RN CRNP
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As scientific knowledge about the biological influences of mental disorders increases, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders are changing to reflect this new understanding. PSYCHOBIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHIATRIC CARE presents the essential information for psychiatric nurses to understand the biological bases underlying human behavior and mental illness. The book is divided into two parts. Part I details neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with many full-color drawings, photographs, and brain scan images. Part II discusses the psychobiology of the major mental disorders together with the behavioral manifestations and clinical implications of each disorder. TOC:

Written by a distinguished team of four leaders in neuropathology, neurobiology and neuropsychiatry research and practice to ensure definitive, authoritative, and current information. Describes macroanatomy and microanatomy of the brain to provide a basis for further discussion of the biological aspects of specific mental disorders. Discusses brain imaging techniques, supported by numerous brain scan images, to provide a fundamental understanding of the techniques used to study psychobiological disorders. Addresses the clinical manifestations of the biological aspects of the major mental disorders to promote understanding of the biological bases for the disorders and develop appropriate biological interventions. Offers a consistent presentation of theoretical and clinical information on the major mental disorders to facilitate understanding of the material. Includes the ANA Psychopharmacology Guidelines for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses to provide a resource for understanding the relationship between psychobiology and psychopharmacological interventions. Provides a glossary of neuroanatomy and neurobiologic terms to define and explain the fundamental concepts related to psychobiology. Features over 100 full-color brain scans, photographs, and drawings to graphically illustrate brain anatomy and function. Presents a visually-stimulating full-color design throughout that makes the text more inviting and information more accessible.

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Study Guide for Bob Garrett’s Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Second Edition: Prepared by Sheila Steiner

Study Guide for Bob Garrett’s Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Second Edition: Prepared by Sheila Steiner Lowest new price: $56.01
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Author: Bob Garrett
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The Study Guide for Bob Garrett′s Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, 2nd Edition enhances student learning by offering the additional review and practice necessary to succeed in a biopsychology class. Each chapter in this affordable, robust student study guide corresponds to the appropriate chapter in Brain & Behavior: An Introduction to Biological Psychology, Second Edition and contains the following:

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

In addition, visit www.sagepub.com/garrettbb2studyfor additional useful student resources.

Every student using the Second Edition of Brain & Behavior will benefit from this study guide chock-full of invaluable learning aids.

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