Psychobiology

Psychobiology : The Neuron and Behaviour

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This book emphasizes research that relates the responses of nerve cells in various areas of the brain to a given event or behaviour. By describing how both single cells and cell groups within the brain code, transform, transmit and store information, the authors explore the interface between the mind and the brain. Codes for sensations, perceptions, motives, emotions and memories are all examined in this contemporary review of research literature. Main features include: a detailed description of the research. This book should be of interest to degree and diploma students at intermediate level on courses of psychology, behavioural and life sciences.show more

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  • Hardback | 513 pages
  • 198.12 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 1,088.62g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • BROOKS/COLE
  • CA, United States
  • English
  • 0534069789
  • 9780534069780

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction. Psychobiology: philosophy and techniques. Back to the basics. Part II: The communication function of nerve cells. The nerve membrane. The nerve-cell synapse. Genetics and the nerve cell. Part III: The coding function of nerve cells. Principles of sensory coding. Vision. Part IV: The coding of internal motivational and emotional states. Effects of hunger, thirst, and arousal on nerve cells. Sex hormones: reproductive motives and behaviors. The psychobiology of emotions and curiosity. Part V: Effects on brain coding mechanism. Changes in neural activity associated with learning and memory. Effects of developmental experiences and coding. Part VI: Postscript and prelude. Single cells and mental events. References. Index.show more

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