- Front Matter
- 1: Biopsychology as a Course of Study
- 2: Research Methods and Ethical Considerations of Biological Psychology and Neuroscience
- 3: Nature and Nurture- Evolutionary Theories, Basic Genetics, Epigenetics, and Environmental Interactions
- 4: Nervous System Anatomy
- 5: Communication within the Nervous System
- 6: The Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
- 7: Sensation, Perception, and the Senses
- 8: Movement
- 9: Learning and Memory
- 10: Wakefulness and Sleep
- 11: Motivation - General Theories and Ingestive Behavior Models
- 12: Sexuality and Sexual Development
- 13: Intelligence and Cognition
- 14: Emotion and Stress
- 15: Biological Bases of Psychological Disorders
- Back Matter
Overview of Text Development
The majority of this text is the product of a collaborative effort sponsored by the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI). This project began in Spring, 2021 and ended with a working draft in Fall, 2022. In the spring and summer of 2023, Dr. Alan Keys of Sacramento City College completed significant revisions, additions, and reorganization of the ASCCC OERI work. The result is this current version which conforms to the curriculum and standards of a typical, lower division introductory course in Biological Psychology at the college level.
This new version will be used in Dr. Keys's sections of Psychology 310 - Biological Psychology at Sacramento City College and possibly other sections at the college and/or Los Rios Community College District. See below for the current, official course description of Psychology 310 - Biological Psychology at Sacramento City College.
Course Description - Psychology 310: Biological Psychology
The primary focus of this course is on the nervous system and the connection between its structure, function, and human behavior. This course provides an in-depth examination of the anatomy of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system, neural development, neuronal communication, and genetic influences on neural structure and function. Structural and functional interactions of the nervous system with the endocrine, digestive, and immune systems are also examined. Other topics include the nervous system’s role in sensation, perception, motor activity, circadian rhythms, sleep, motivation, emotion, sex, gender, learning, memory, language, cognition, and consciousness. The neural bases of psychological disorders including addiction, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia are also addressed.