The Context Matters feature of each chapter follows from beginning to end a research study that has emphasized some aspect of environmental or experiential context. The detailed presentation of the experiment along with original artwork allows students to appreciate the intricate methodological details, statistical analyses, and conclusions that accompany each research investigation.

This provides a well thought out and executed coverage of the role of context involving social, physiological, and environmental stress variables.
Norman E. Kinney, Southeast Missouri State University
Context matters section is excellent idea and a strength of this book and chapter.
Khaleel Abdulrazak, UC Riverside

SECTION I: THE BRAIN IN CONTEXT

  1. Introduction to Biological Psychology

SECTION II: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS

  1. The Nervous System: Structure and Function

Context Matters: Friends, Marathons, and New Neurons

  1. Cells and Circuits

Context Matters: Social Distress and Neuronal Connections

  1. Neurochemistry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Drug Addiction

Context Matters: Treating Cocaine Addiction with Doses of Environmental Enrichment

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

Context Matters: Aging: Is It in Our Blood?

SECTION III: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Sensation, Perception, and Adaptation

Context Matters: The Healing Touch and Recovery from Brain Injury

  1. Movement

Context Matters: How the Brain Gets Tickled

  1. Maintenance and Motivation

Context Matters: Neurodevelopment and Weight Regulation: Influence of Mother’s Diet during Pregnancy

  1. Sleep, Wakefulness, and Conscious Awareness

Context Matters: Stuck on a Problem? Sleep on It!

SECTION IV: NEUROBIOLOGY IN ACTION

  1. Emotional Expression and Regulation

Context Matters: Emotional Temperament and Longevity in Rats

  1. Affiliative and Reproductive Strategies

Context Matters: An Old Bird Learns a New Trick

  1. Learning, Memory, and Decision Making

Context Matters: Can Perceived Safety Diminish the Symptoms of Postraumatic Stress Disorder?

  1. Mental Illness

Context Matters: Virtual Reality Therapy for Spider Phobias

Epilogue: Expanding the Contextual Boundaries of Biopsychology

Appendix A: Major Research Methods in This Text