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A Masterful Work , Mar 6, 2023
Pinel's Biopsychology is a masterful work. I can only imagine the immense amount of time and effort that has gone into it. I don't think you can find another book in this field that appeals to such a wide range of readers. I have used this book and previous editions of it as the primary text in the graduate Biopsychology courses I have taught over the past 8 years. This book has consistently earned accolades from my students for presenting what is an otherwise complicated and highly technical subject, in a graspable and witty manner.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent book for discerning readers, Feb 17, 2023
I have degrees in neurophysiology, molecular biology, and bioorganic chemistry. I really dislike psych texts; in fact, I really dislike psych. What a bunch of fluff BS. This book accomplishes something rare. It effectively frames discussions of psych topics in terms of their hard science antecedents. Pinel makes it seem as though the field of psych actually lives in reality, or at least has a summer home here. Pinel also tells the story, in segments throughout the book, of a traumatic and relevant experience, making the book read more like an engrossing biography than a text. He always relates his personal experinces, but not so much as to distract from the material itself. Extremely well done. One of the only books I had to buy that I actually wanted to keep.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
This book brings many counter-intuitive points., Sep 2, 2023
I found chapters on sleeping and drugs use especially fascinating as they do effectively challenge popular and even professional traditional opinion. To make my point I want to present you a pop quiz based on the book's contents (please keep in mind that the book is counter-intuitive):
1) A person who sleeps four hours a day or less will usually suffer health consequences. True or False?
2) Smoking and Alcohol use are detrimental to one's health, but they are not as dangerous and addictive as illegal drugs. True or False ?
3) A very low caloric short-term diet could permanently help one lose weight. True or False ?
The answer to above questions is False, to find why you need to read this avant-garde textbook.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A great psychology textbook, Dec 31, 2022
Being an undergraduate psychology student in university, I took a course which used Biopsychology as the course textbook. As with most academic texts, I was skeptical at first, but I quickly changed my mind about this one.
Biopsychology is a great psychology textbook that is an asset to any psych student. The chapters are very readable and easy to understand and I especially liked the full-colour, large, and easy to view pictures that appeared throughout the book. Pinel writes with a certain style that to me was aesthetically pleasing and not dull and drab like other psych textbook authors I've read -- believe me, there's been a lot of them!
In terms of content, Pinel gives a good overview of the biology of the brain and how it relates to psychological phenomena. I found his chapters on sleeping and eating/drinking to be particularly interesting.
There are also some helpful items included in the text for students. All important words are bolded and a definition appears on the same page in the corner. The layout of each chapter has natural divisions that make it easy for note-taking. There are also self-tests that are useful for a quick review of the material.
Overall, I enjoyed reading and studying from this book. Without a doubt, one of its best features is the collection of great graphics accompanying all the topics. I have yet to see another psych textbook with a supply of good graphics that rivals this one. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Yes, finally a textbook that is fun and interesting to read!, Jan 9, 2023
I loved John P.J. Pinel's Biopsychology textbook. I'm a college student and I find most textbooks boring and difficult to read. I just loved this textbook! The scientific explanations were clearly, understandable. This book really drew me in on how the human brain works. The illustations were awesome! The narratives on behavior were great and lots of fun to read. This book was not wordy either, a problem that I have had with many of the textbooks I've read in the past. I looked forward to reading this book. I wish more textbooks were like these!