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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: ALLYN & BACON
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Foundations of Physiological Psychologyoffers a briefer, sixteen chapter introduction to the foundations of physiology, incorporating the latest studies and research in the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and physiological psychology.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Renersquo;s Inspirationp. 2
Understanding Human Consciousness: A Physiological Approachp. 3
Blindsightp. 4
Split Brainsp. 5
Interim Summaryp. 7
The Nature of Physiological Psychologyp. 8
The Goals of Researchp. 8
Biological Roots of Physiological Psychologyp. 9
Interim Summaryp. 12
Natural Selection and Evolutionp. 13
Functionalism and the Inheritance of Traitsp. 13
Evolution of the Human Speciesp. 16
Evolution of Large Brainsp. 18
Interim Summaryp. 19
Ethical Issues in Research with Animalsp. 20
Careers in Neurosciencep. 23
Interim Summaryp. 24
Strategies for Learningp. 24
Models of Brain Functionsp. 27
Key Conceptsp. 27
Suggested Readingsp. 28
Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous Systemp. 29
Unresponsive Musclesp. 30
Cells of the Nervous Systemp. 31
Neuronsp. 31
Supporting Cellsp. 34
The Blood-Brain Barrierp. 38
Interim Summaryp. 39
Communication Within a Neuronp. 40
Neural Communication: An Overviewp. 40
Measuring Electrical Potentials of Axonsp. 42
The Membrane Potential: Balance of Two Forcesp. 44
The Action Potentialp. 47
Conduction of the Action Potentialp. 49
Interim Summaryp. 50
Communication Between Neuronsp. 51
Structure of Synapsesp. 52
Release of Neurotransmitterp. 53
Activation of Receptorsp. 53
Postsynaptic Potentialsp. 55
Termination of Postsynaptic Potentialsp. 56
Effects of Postsynaptic Potentials: Neural Integrationp. 57
Autoreceptorsp. 58
Axoaxonic Synaps
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