Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience, Global Edition

Neil R. Carlson  
Total pages
June 2020
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For courses in Physiological Psychology or Biopsychology

A streamlined overview of behavioral neuroscience

Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience offers a concise introduction to behavioral neuroscience with a good balance of human and animal studies. Authors Neil Carlson and Melissa Birkett help students grasp the key concepts of the discipline, apply theory and research findings to daily life, and better understand their own behaviour. Along with the fresh perspectives brought by new co-author Melissa Birkett, the 10th Edition incorporates the latest studies in this rapidly changing field as well as a new dedicated chapter on movement, added in response to faculty feedback.


Hallmark Features of this title

Pedagogical features throughout the text foster and reinforce learning.

  • A consistent structure guides students through each module and chapter, reinforcing learning and giving students opportunities to review key content.
    • At the beginning of each chapter:
      • Chapter-opening vignettes profile a person's real-life experience, making the concepts that will be discussed in the chapter more relatable.
      • Learning objectives help students focus on the key ideas presented in each chapter.
    • At the end of each module:
      • Thought questions let students to apply what they've learned or expand their knowledge.
    • At the end of each chapter:
      • Multiple-Choice and Discussion questions help students grasp and retain the material.

New to this Edition

New and updated features of this edition

New and updated content ensures an up-to-date learning experience.

  • Thoroughly revised content ensures that students have access to the latest information in the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and physiological psychology. Highlights of new and updated topics include the following:
    • Debate about adult neurogenesis in humans
    • Treatments for phantom limb pain
    • Research on mirror neurons
    • Neural control of sexual behaviour
    • Research on obesity and eating disorders, including new treatments for anorexia nervosa
    • Brain regions involved in typing and texting
    • Neuronal transplantation in Parkinson's Disease
    • Updated diagnostic criteria for disorders and mental illnesses
    • Autism and theory of mind research
  • A new chapter on movement has been added to the 10th Edition in response to faculty feedback. The new Chapter 8, 'Control of Movement' places more emphasis on topics of movement.
  • Additional scaffolding of information throughout the text, with material chunked into more manageable subheads, supports comprehension and knowledge retention.

Table of Contents

  1. Origins of Behavioral Neuroscience
  2. Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous System
  3. Structure of the Nervous System
  4. Psychopharmacology
  5. Methods and Strategies of Research
  6. Vision
  7. Audition, the Body Senses, and Chemical Senses
  8. Control of Movement
  9. Sleep and Biological Rhythms
  10. Sexual and Reproductive Behaviors
  11. Emotion
  12. Ingestive Behavior
  13. Learning and Memory
  14. Human Communication
  15. Neurological Disorders
  16. Schizophrenia, Affective Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and OCD
  17. Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders


Neil R. Carlson received his PhD at the University of Illinois. Then, after a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, Carlson came to the University of Massachusetts, where he taught throughout his entire career. He retired from UMass in autumn, 2004, but continues to keep up with developments in the field of behavioural neuroscience and to revise his book.

Melissa A. Birkett completed her PhD in the Neuroscience and Behaviour program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (where Neil Carlson was a faculty member at the time). In 2007, she accepted a faculty position at Northern Arizona University in the Department of Psychological Sciences, and in the autumn of 2018 became an Assistant Professor at Southern Oregon University. Melissa currently conducts research related to the stress response and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in neuroscience, psychopharmacology and the teaching of psychology.