Dictionary of Biological Psychology
Edited by Philip Winn
Routledge – 2001 – 896 pages
Biological Psychology is the study of psychological processes in terms of biological functions. A major obstacle to understanding dialogue in the field has always been its terminology which is drawn from a variety of non-psychological sources such as clinical medicine, psychiatry and neuroscience, as well as specialist areas of psychology such as ethology, learning theory and psychophysics. For the first time, a distinguished international team of contributors has now drawn these terms together and defined them both in terms of their physical properties and their behavioural significance.
The Dictionary of Biological Psychology will prove an invaluable source of reference for undergraduates in psychology wrestling with the fundamentals of brain physiology, anatomy and chemistry, as well as researchers and practitioners in the neurosciences, psychiatry and the professions allied to medicine. It is an essential resource both for teaching and for independent study, reliable for fact-checking and a solid starting point for wider exploration.
'A valuable addition to any college or university library where courses in biological psychology are taught … Should be extremely useful for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in related areas. Highly recommended.' - Choice, July 2001
'This is a beautifully organized reference tool that will provide psychologists with the biological information they need. As both a researcher and professor of psychology, I am pleased to have a resource that I can turn to for enhancing not only my knowledge but also that of colleagues and students.' - www.doody.com
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