The Laboratory Exploration feature at the end of each chapter introduces important laboratory techniques that have been used to conduct research related to neuroscience topics discussed in each specific chapter. Through this feature and the main chapter narrative, students will encounter both classic and novel laboratory techniques in the context of relevant chapters.

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

Laboratory Exploration: The Brain in Technicolor

3. Cells and Circuits

Laboratory Exploration: Altering the Brain’s Neural Functions with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

4. Neurochemistry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Drug Addiction

Laboratory Exploration: A Nicotine Vaccine?

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

Laboratory Exploration: Behavioral Profiling and Genetic Engineering: In Search of Animal Models for Autism Spectrum Disorder

SECTION III: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

6. Sensation, Perception, and Adaptation

Laboratory Exploration: Somatosensory Cortical Maps in the Rat

7. Movement

Laboratory Exploration: Utilizing specific reaching tasks to asses rat models of brain injury and recovery.

8. Maintenance and Motivation

Laboratory Exploration: Microdialysis and Motivation Research

9. Sleep, Wakefulness, and Conscious Awareness

Laboratory Exploration: Optogenetics: Shining a Light on the Brain’s Sleep-Wake Circuits

SECTION IV: NEUROBIOLOGY IN ACTION

10. Emotional Expression and Regulation

Laboratory Exploration: “Laughing” Rats and Positive Emotion Research

11. Affiliative and Reproductive Strategies

Laboratory Exploration: Detecting Naturally Varying Reproductive Hormones

12. Learning, Memory, and Decision Making

Laboratory Exploration: Using Fos-Immunoreactivity to Determine Brain Activation During Learning Tasks

13. Mental Illness

Laboratory Exploration: Schizophrenia and Prepulse Inhibition

“The laboratory explorations are very interesting and may help spur students’ interest in Biopsych research.”
Joan Brugman, Belmont Abbey College
“The laboratory exploration feature will help in getting students that are interested in getting involved in a lab some familiarity that will allow them to understand how research is conducted.”
Michael Hylin, Southern Illinois University
“This feature provides a good example of interdisciplinary brain/behavioral research. It is interesting and well done.”
Norman Kinney, Southeast Missouri State University