Each chapter begins with a Brain Scene Investigation (BSI) feature: a case study or behavioral mystery intended to “hook” students before providing potential biopsychological explanations in the accompanying “Behind the Scenes” section to this feature.

Brain scene investigations, illustrations, and other features of Biological Psychology

SECTION I: THE BRAIN IN CONTEXT

1. Introduction to Biological Psychology

SECTION II: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS

2. The Nervous System: Structure and Function

Brain Scene Investigation: David Blaine’s Breath Defying Act

3. Cells and Circuits

Brain Scene Investigation: Intuition, Hunches, and Self-Awareness: Potential Role of von Economo Neurons?

4. Neurochemistry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Drug Addiction

Brain Scene Investigation: Methamphetamine “Tweaks” the Brain

5. Evolving Brains: Neural Development, Neuroplasticity, and Recovery of Function

Brain Scene Investigation: Traumatic Brain Injuries and an Unlikely Neurochemical Intervention

SECTION III: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

6. Sensation, Perception, and Adaptation

Brain Scene Investigation: Seeing without Vision

7. Movement

Brain Scene Investigation: The Frozen Addicts

8. Maintenance and Motivation

Brain Scene Investigation: Runaway Motivation

9. Sleep, Wakefulness, and Conscious Awareness

Brain Scene Investigation: The Sleep-Murder Legal Defense

SECTION IV: NEUROBIOLOGY IN ACTION

10. Emotional Expression and Regulation

Brain Scene Investigation: The Neurobiology of Voodoo Death

11. Affiliative and Reproductive Strategies

Brain Scene Investigation: The Experimental Wedding

12. Learning, Memory, and Decision Making

Brain Scene Investigation: Clive Wearing’s Fleeting Memory

13. Mental Illness

Brain Scene Investigation: Cautionary Tales in Psychiatry: The Questionable Creation of Sheri Storm’s Multiple Personalities

The questions posed at the end of this are engaging and do an excellent job of intriguing the reader.
Christopher Hayashi, Southwestern College
This is a well done and interesting segment which should hold student interest and provides a good introduction to some key concepts.
Norman Kinney, Southeast Missouri State University
I was a non-believer until I read the full text about this amazing feat. It was a good opener!
Beth Wee, Tulane University