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New and Expanded Student Interest Features

     In addtion to the continued effort to insert student-engaging tid bits of information throughout the text narrative, I have added and/or expanded the following features:

              Why Does This Matter?  A new feature in the Second Edition, two WDTM features in each chapter—that look at such topics as gender and cognitive abilities, daytime sleepiness, does  dieting work, and are there “steroids” for improving our minds—show students why biological  psychology research is germaine in their everyday lives.

              ■ New Directions  As in the First Edition, in each chapter we take a brief detour to explore an  especially interesting and timely research study. New ones include: cerebral asymmetry and schizophrenia, light pollution, genetically modified mice and addiction, and neuroscientists’  search for self-awareness in the brain.

                             How things work

Most textbooks will demonstrate only one small part of what is going on in the body.
Our quality illustrations and diagrams help the student to visualize how it all fits together.
By seeing 'the big picture' students can better understand many of the complexities,
 interactions and the interrelations of the parts with the whole.


                         Why does this matter?

How often have we heard students say," do I have to know this?" We explain why it is important and how it is relevant to not only the subject at hand, but in many cases to their lives as well.

                                New directions

Our 'New Direction' feature speaks to how current technological breakthroughs influence
our current understanding of not only how things work but also many ethical and other
 sociological considerations.

                    Seeing the whole picture

Most textbooks dwell on minutia which is only part of helping students understand what is
going on in the human body and in the mind. I believe we have succeeded in showing our
 students the big picture.

Often texts will demonstrate only one part of the system, in this case audition. In the
picture to the left we have two face-to-face pages laying out clearly the complete path
 in the stages of the perception of sound.



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