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Physiological Psychology By Timothy K. Smock

Physiological Psychology
by Timothy K. Smock

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Focuses on the structures and functions of brain anatomy first, and then introduces the resulting behaviors. By weaving examples and themes from the Humanities with an introduction into the scientific concepts, this book provides students with a scientific foundation of the subject. It also includes High interest boxes in each chapter.
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Physiological Psychology: A Neuroscience Approach by Timothy K. Smock

For courses in Physiological Psychology, Biological Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Psychobiology, and Introduction to Neuroscience at the sophomore to senior level.

  • The first NEW full color entree in the biological psychology market in many years.
  • In a visually appealing format, this text approaches the material from a timely "neuroscience" perspective, and mirrors the changing face of the field of psychology. The book focuses on the structures and functions of brain anatomy first, then introduces the resulting behaviors. By weaving examples and themes from the Humanities with a solid introduction into the scientific concepts, the book's narrative captures students' excitement and provides them with the scientific foundation necessary for optimum understanding of this dynamic field of psychology.
  • Using state of the art color illustrations, concepts are introduced and illustrated with great detail and clarity. High interest boxes in each chapter examine interesting historical developments and findings in the field, and serve to further discuss relevant scientific detail. Chapter pedagogy, self-contained, modular chapters, extensive references for further study, and a substantial support package make this text a compelling learning and teaching tool.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter contains a chapter summary, key concepts, and further readings.)

1. Philosophical Issues in Neuroscience.

Studying the Brain. The Mind/Body Problem. Box 1-1: Trephining. Box 1-2: Solipsism and Social Relativism. Teleology Versus Deontology. The Whole and the Parts. "The Law of Equipotentiality". Box 1-3: Split Brains.

2. The Cellular Basis of Behavior.

Neuron Doctrine Versus Reticular Theory. Box 2-1: Santiago Ramon y Cajal. The Plasma Membrane. Genetics in a Nutshell. Some Proteins Important to Cell Function. The Active Neuron.

3. Communication Among Neurons: The Membrane Potential.

The Basics of Chemistry. A Semi-Permeable Membrane. Box 3-1: The Nernst Equation and the Goldman Equation. Measuring the Membrane Potential. Three Forces and Three Gates. The "Equivalent Circuit". Box 3-2: Ohm's Law Simplified. Box 3-3: A Biologist's Definition of Life and Death.

4. Communicating Among Neurons: The Action Potential.

The Electrically Excitable Domain. Box 4-1: The Squid Giant Axon and the Voltage Clamp. The Action Potential Explained. Functions of the Sodium Channel. Functions of the Potassium Channel. Heterogeneity and Homology. Box 4-2: Discovering Channel Structure. The "Equivalent Circuit" Revisited. Box 4-3: Cable Properties of Neurons. Special Channels for Calcium.

5. Communicating Among Neurons: The Synaptic Potential.

The Chemically Excitable Domain. Summation and Integration. Special Channels for Calcium. The Quantal Nature of Synaptic Transmission. Receptor Theory. Box 5-1: The Importance of Poisons and Toxins. Acetylcholine. Box 5-2: Otto Loewi and the Frog Heart. Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid (GABA). Box 5-3: How GABA Blocks the Action Potential. Glutamate, Aspartate, and Glycine. Catecholamines, Indolamines, and Histamine. Box 5-4: Parkinson's Disease and Homeostasis. Peptide Synthesis. The Concept of Neuromodulation. Criteria for Transmitter Identification. Electrotonic Synapses.

6. The Autonomic Nervous System.

Dual Innervation. Anatomy. Receptors. Nonsynaptic Release. The Adrenal Gland. How "Autonomic" is it? Box 6-1: Psychophysiology and the "Lie Detector" Test. The Special Case of Sex. The Sensory Component. The Enteric Nervous System and Other Simple Systems. Transmitters Common to ANS and CNS. Box 6-2: Difficulties in Drug Design.

7. The Spinal Cord.

A Functional Segregation. Sensory Pathways. Box 7-1: Brown-Sequard Syndrome. Motor Pathways. Box 7-2: Diseases of the Upper and Lower Motor Neuron. Integrative Circuits in the Cord. Box 7-3: Animal Welfare and Animal Rights.

8. Functional Anatomy of the Brain.

Orientation. Gross Subdivisions of Brain. Box 8-1: Bell's Palsy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Brainstem Projections to the Forebrain. Basal Ganglia. Limbic System. Box 8-2: The "Hierarchy of Being". Hypothalamus and Pituitary. Thalamus. Neocortex. Box 8-3: Frontal Lobotomy. Box 8-4: Pseudoscience. Other Neocortex. Ventricles. Meninges and the Blood Brain Barrier. Tract-Tracing Techniques and Stereotaxy.

9. Sensory Systems.

Somatosensory Systems. Box 9-1: Homunculi. Auditory System. Box 9-2: "The Cocktail Party Phenomenon". Olfaction and Gustation. Vision. Box 9-3: Serial or Parallel Processing?. Six Principles of Sensory Physiology.

10. Motor Systems.

The Frontal and Parietal Lobes. Box 10-1: Intention, Volition and "Free Will". The Basal Ganglia. The Cerebellum. Box 10-2: The Cerebellum as a Vector Analyzer. The Importance of Inhibition. Box 10-3: An Experiment in Efference Copy. Command Neurons and Motor Tapes.

11. Pleasure and Pain.

The Problem of Definitions. Is There a "Pleasure Circuit" in the Brain? Box 11-1: Motivation and "Drive". Ascending Nociceptor Systems. Box 11-2: "Dale's Law". Descending Analgesia Systems. The Mechanism of Opioid Peptide Action. Box 11-3: Chronic Pain and Stimulation - Produced Analgesia. Box 11-4: Placebo and Opioid Peptides.

12. Hormones, Sex, and Reproduction.

Hormones and "the Master Gland". The Determination of Gender. Box 12-1: Mammals are Basically Female, with Male Characteristics Added. Box 12-2: Feminizing Effects of Pollution? Box 12-3: The Future of Chemical Castration. Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth. Pheromones. Neural Circuits for Mating and Reproduction. Box 12-4: Neurobiology and the "Battle of the Sexes".

13. Sleep and Dreaming.

Circadian Rhythms. Stages of Sleep. Neural Mechanisms for Sleep and Waking. Box 13-1: The "Reticular Activating System". Why Do We Sleep? Box 13-2: Sleep Deprivation Experiments. Sleep Disorders. Box 13-3: "Sleeping Medication" and the Elderly.

14. Eating, Drinking, and Homeostasis.

Brain Metabolism. Blood Flow. Energy Use. Box 14-1: How Bright is the Bulb? Techniques for Studying Brain Activity. Eating. Box 14-2: A Role for Insulin in the Brain? Box 14-3: CCK - A Satiety Signal? Eating Disorders. Drinking.

15. Development and Learning.

Development of the Nervous System. Neurogenesis. Neuronal Migration. Neuronal Differentiation. Axon Development and Growth Cone Guidance. Box 15-1: Levi-Montalcini and Nerve Growth Factor. Synaptogenesis. Activity-Dependent Fine-Tuning of the Nervous System. Box 15-2: The Visual System as a Model for Development and Plasticity. Learning Theory. Box 15-3: Learning of Bird Song: A Novel Neural Mechanism. Simple System Models for Plasticity. Vertebrate Models for Plasticity. Vertebrate Model Systems.

16. Language and Higher Cognitive Function.

Human Neurobiology. Box 16-1: The Importance of Introspection. Results from Communication in and with Other Species. Results from Diagnostic Neurology. Box: 16-2 Prosopagnosia and "Blindsight". Box 16-3: Lateralization of Function. Organic Brain Syndromes. Epilepsy. Results From Noninvasive Imaging Techniques. Results From Brain Stimulation. Consciousness and the Self. Box 16-4: Unilateral Neglect.

17. Psycho-Pharmacology.

Agonists and Antagonists. Pharmacokinetics. Addiction, Tolerance, and Withdrawal. Central Nervous System Depressants. Box 17-1: The GABA Receptor Complex. Central Nervous System Stimulants. Box 17-2: The Problem of Specificity. Hallucinogens. Opiates.

18. The Biology of Mental Illness.

Taxonomy of Mental Illness: The DSM IV. Schizophrenia. Box 18-1: The Story of "Transmethylation". Affective Disorders. Box 18-2: John Cade and the Discovery of Lithium. Box 18-3: Ugo Cerletti and Electroconvulsive Shock. Anxiety Disorders. The Hazards of Medication. Conclusion.

Appendix: Further Topics in Biology and Chemistry.


Further Readings.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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Physiological Psychology: A Neuroscience Approach by Timothy K. Smock
Timothy K. Smock
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