Biopsychology, Books a la Carte Edition (8th Edition)

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Pinel clearly presents the fundamentals Biopsychology and makes the topics personally and socially relevant to the reader.

The defining feature of Biopsychology is its unique combination of biopsychological science and personal, reader-oriented discourse. Rather than introducing biopsychology in the usual textbook fashion, it interweaves the fundamentals of the field with clinical case studies, social issues, personal implications, and humorous anecdotes. It tries to be a friendly mentor that speaks directly to the reader, enthusiastically relating recent advances in biopsychological science.


Through MyPsychLab for Biopsychology, 8th edition, students can interact with a virtual brain simulation and see various animations to help them better understand the content being covered in class and in their textbook.  You can access MyPsychLab at

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About the Author:

John Pinel, the author of Biopsychology , obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal and worked briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking a faculty position at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. Professor Pinel is an award-winning teacher and the author of over 200 scientific papers. However, he feels that Biopsychology is his major career-related accomplishment. “It ties together everything I love about my job; students, teaching, writing, and research.”


Pinel attributes much of his success to his wife Maggie who is an artist and professional designer. Over the years, they have collaborated on many projects, and the quality of Biopsychology’s illustrations is largely attributable to her skill and effort.


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Dr. Pinel,  OUTSTANDING!!!!!


I am a student at Walden University in the PhD Psychology program, I live in Michigan.  I must admit, when I first heard that I would have to take Biopsychology I was not happy as I gasped for breath.  I had already made up in my mind that it would prove to be a difficult course and I would probably have to drop the course.  However, surprisingly, I found that your ease of writing in talking with the student proved me wrong.  I actually LOVED the textbook.  It was as if you were talking right to me in a manner in which I could easily comprehend.  I never thought of learning about the human brain before taking the class, but must admit, it has to this point in my program been one of my favorites. 


I wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you.  You opened up a new world to me.  I just started teaching at a local college this year and I tell you, having taken Biopsychology has truly prepared me to teach general psychology and other classes within the counseling cohort.  I am still amazed at how much information I have retained due to the colorful illustrations and ease of reading.  Though I am in a doctorate program, and the program is truly rigourous, having read your text was a breath of fresh air.  Top quality education with all of the learning tools needed for todays adult learners.  Continued success to you on your endeavors.  By the way, thanks for all of the stories including yours that you shared.


Sincerely grateful,"


- Michelle Brown, Ph.D. candidate at Walden University



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"I am currently a 2nd year Psychology student at the University of Western Ontario and I am taking a Biopsychology class...I have to say what an amazing text this is...  


I recently switched majors from physiology/medical sciences to psychology and I was confused for a while about what I liked more: biological sciences or psychology. I didn't know I could combine them until I read your textbook. Your book was inspirational for me and I now have a clearer, more defined idea of what I would like to do with my degree and future endeavours. Thank you very much for writing such an interesting textbook that was so clearly aimed to help students understand and appreciate biopsychology. I honestly attribute my new-found interest in biopsychology to the amazing work you put in to this text. Too bad I am several provinces away from B.C, I would have loved to be in one of your classes! Thank you again and I hope to read more of your work in the future."


  -  Tannis, student at University of Western Ontario


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"I am doing a Graduate Diploma in Psychology in Brisbane, Australia and just wanted to say that your textbook is particularly interesting and stimulating.  I can see that there is passion and clarity in every chapter and your own experiences with the tumour as relayed in Chapter 10 was fascinating.  It’s good to know that some texts can have that “human” factor, and this really makes an impact on the reader. "


 - Simon, student at Brisbane, Australia


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"Dr. Pinel:


I just completed a Physiological Psychology class at Chapman University College.  Your Biopsychology text was required for the class.  It was the BEST textbook I have ever used.  I'm 51 years old and have taken many classes in my life so that's saying a heck of lot!!!  Believe me, I have certainly never written to the author to complement him on the text. You made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. 


Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a tough class enjoyable."


- Eileen, student at Chapman University

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"I have just finished reading your book and wanted to thank you for writing it. I like the way you presented the information as if you were "chatting" with me. It was very easy to understand and a fun read. I especially liked all the vignettes and diagrams. They helped me to visualize and understand the topic you were discussing. I also reviewed the CD after every chapter I read and found it to be a helpful tool in preparing for my exams. Before taking this class I was very nervous and unsure of whether or not I would be able to grasp the information. Now class is almost over and I have a 95% in my class. I am taking my final exam tomorrow and I am confident I will do well. I feel that my understanding of the information in your book was due to the way it was written. It was very relaxed and personal, a goal you strived for in writing this book. So again, thanks for sharing your knowledge with me."


 - Priscilla, student at Chapman University


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"Dr. Pinel,


I am a student who has just completed a Biopsychology course designed around your textbook (6th ed.) at Birmingham-Southern College.  To confess my initial thoughts, I largely began this course because it is one of the requirements of my Psychology major and I gazed rather unexcitedly upon the cover of your textbook, assuming it to be like some of the other repetitive, over-written books I had become accustomed to during my three years at this college.  However, as I delved a little deeper into the subject matter, exploring topics from sex and hormones to sleep cycles to neuroplasticity, I began to realize that your textbook is unlike any I had ever used.  Not only is the research you include very pertinent to the subject and thought-provoking, but you seem to take the time to include personal notes, stories, and anecdotes that truly set your work apart from other texts.  I can tell that Psychology is a field that really excites you, and in turn, I am more excited about my major.  I just wanted to send you this small token of my graditude and a thanks for changing my mind about Psychology.


- Jeff Tullis, Birmingham-Southern College"



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"Dr. Pinel:


What a fabulous textbook on neuropsychology. I never thought I would use the words "fabulous textbook" and "neuropsychology" in the same sentence, but there it is.


I can't tell you how surprised and delighted I was to read the book you wrote. The topic can be a bit obtuse, (there is an understatement!), but you have an incredible talent for making it not just tolerable, but interesting and even compelling.


Anyway, since I tell everyone else about what a wonderful book Biopsychology is I thought it only appropriate that I tell you as well. Thank you for writing such a profound and easily understood book about a topic that is so challenging to comprehend."


-Vic Napier

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