Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience, Books a la Carte Plus NEW MyLab Psychology with eText -- Access Card Package, 9th Edition

By Neil R. Carlson

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 18, 2013


Helps apply the research findings of behavioral neuroscience to daily life.


The ninth edition of Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience offers a concise introduction to behavioral neuroscience. The text incorporates the latest studies and research in the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and physiological psychology. The theme of strategies of learning helps readers apply these research findings to daily life. Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience is an ideal choice for the instructor who wants a concise text with a good balance of human and animal studies.


MyPsychLab is an integral part of the Carlson program. Key learning applications include the MyPsychLab Brain.


Teaching & Learning Experience


  • Personalize LearningMyPsychLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program. It helps students prepare for class and instructor gauge individual and class performance.
  • Improve Critical Thinking –Each chapter begins with a list of Learning Objectives that also serve as the framework for the Study Guide that accompanies this text.
  • Engage Students –An Interim Summary follows each major section of the book. The summaries provide useful reviews and also break each chapter into manageable chunks.
  • Explore Theory/ResearchAPS Reader, Current Directions in Biopsychology in MyPsychLab
  • Support Instructors – A full set of supplements, including MyPsychLab, provides instructors with all the resources and support they need.

This Book a la Carte Edition is an unbound, three-hole punched, loose-leaf version of the textbook and provides students the opportunity to personalized their book by incorporating their own notes and taking the portion of the book they need to class – all at a fraction of the bound book price. 


Table of Contents

In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


1. Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1:                 Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience

Chapter 2:                 Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous System

Chapter 3:                 Structure of the Nervous System

Chapter 4:                 Psychopharmacology

Chapter 5:                 Methods and Strategies of Research

Chapter 6:                 Vision

Chapter 7:                 Audition, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Senses

Chapter 8:                 Sleep and Biological Rhythms

Chapter 9:                 Reproductive Behavior

Chapter 10:               Emotion

Chapter 11:               Ingestive Behavior

Chapter 12:               Learning and Memory

Chapter 13:               Human Communication

Chapter 14:               Neurological Disorders

Chapter 15:               Schizophrenia, Affective Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 16:               Autistic, Attention-Deficit, Stress,nd Substance Abuse Disorders

2. Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1:     Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience

Understanding Human Consciousness: A Physiological Approach

The Nature of Behavioral Neuroscience

Natural Selection and Evolution

Ethical Issues in Research with Animals

Careers in Neuroscience

Strategies for Learning


Chapter 2:     Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous System

Cells of the Nervous System

Communication Within a Neuron

Communication Between Neurons


Chapter 3:     Structure of the Nervous System

Basic Features of the Nervous System

The Central Nervous System

The Peripheral Nervous System


Chapter 4:     Psychopharmacology

Principles of Psychopharmacology

Sites of Drug Action

Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators


Chapter 5:     Methods and Strategies of Research

Experimental Ablation

Recording and Stimulating Neural Activity

Neurochemical Methods

Genetic Methods


Chapter 6:     Vision

The Stimulus

Anatomy of the Visual System

Coding of Visual Information in the Retina

Analysis of Visual Information: Role of the Striate Cortex

Analysis of Visual Information: Role of the Visual Association Cortex


Chapter 7:     Audition, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Senses


Vestibular System





Chapter 8:     Sleep and Biological Rhythms

A Physiological and Behavioral Description of Sleep

Disorders of Sleep

Why Do We Sleep?

Physiological Mechanisms of Sleep and Waking

Biological Clocks


Chapter 9:     Reproductive Behavior

Sexual Development

Hormonal Control of Sexual Behavior

Neural Control of Sexual Behavior

Parental Behavior


Chapter 10:   Emotion

Emotions as Response Patterns

Communication of Emotions

Feelings of Emotions


Chapter 11:   Ingestive Behavior

Physiological Regulatory Mechanisms


Eating: Some Facts About Metabolism

What Starts a Meal?

What Stops a Meal?

Brain Mechanisms


Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia Nervosa


Chapter 12:   Learning and Memory

The Nature of Learning

Synaptic Plasticity: Long-Term Potentiation and Long-Term Depression

Perceptual Learning

Classical Conditioning

Instrumental Conditioning

Relational Learning


Chapter 13:   Human Communication

Speech Production and Comprehension: Brain Mechanisms

Disorders of Reading and Writing


Chapter 14:   Neurological Disorders


Seizure Disorders

Cerebrovascular Accidents

Traumatic Brain Injury

Disorders of Development

Degenerative Disorders

Disorders Caused by Infectious Diseases


Chapter 15:   Schizophrenia, Affective Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders


Major Affective Disorders

Anxiety Disorders


Chapter 16:   Autistic, Attention-Deficit, Stress,nd Substance Abuse Disorders

Autistic Disorder

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Stress Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders