In this Section:1. Brief Table of Contents2. Full Table of Contents 1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Structure and Functions of Cells of the Nervous System Chapter 3 Structure of the Nervous System Chapter 4 Psychopharmacology Chapter 5 Methods and Strategies of Research Chapter 6 Vision Chapter 7 Audition, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Sense Chapter 8 Control of Movement Chapter 9 Sleep and Biological Rhythms Chapter 10 Reproductive Behavior Chapter 11 Emotion Chapter 12 Ingestive Behavior Chapter 13 Learning and Memory Chapter 14 Human Communication Chapter 15 Neurological Disorders Chapter 16 Schizophrenia and the Affective Disorders Chapter 17 Anxiety Disorders, Autistic Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Stress Disorders Chapter 18 Drug Abuse 2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 Introduction Understanding Human Consciousness: A Physiological ApproachThe Nature of Physiological Psychology Natural Selection and Evolution Ethical Issues In Research With Animals Careers in Neuroscience Strategies for Learning Chapter 2 Structure and Functions of Cells of The Nervous System Cells of the Nervous System Communication within a Neuron Communication between Neurons Chapter 3 Structure of the Nervous System Basic Features of the Nervous System The Central Nervous System The Peripheral Nervous System Chapter 4 Psychopharmacology Principles Of Psychopharmacology Sites Of Drug Action Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators Chapter 5 Methods and Strategies of Research Experimental Ablation Recording And Stimulating Neural Activity Neurochemical Methods Genetic Methods Chapter 6 Vision The Stimulus Anatomy of the Visual System Coding Of Visual Information in the Retina Analysis of Visual Information: Role of The Striate Cortex Analysis of Visual Information: Role of The Visual Association Cortex Chapter 7 Audition, the Body Senses, and the Chemical Sense Audition Vestibular System Somatosenses Gustation Olfaction Chapter 8 Control of Movement Muscles Reflexive Control of Movement Control of Movement by the Brain Chapter 9 Sleep and Biological Rhythms A Physiological and Behavioral Description Of Sleep Disorders of Sleep Why Do We Sleep? Physiological Mechanisms of Sleep And Waking Biological Clocks Chapter 10 Reproductive Behavior Sexual Development Hormonal Control of Sexual Behavior Neural Control of Sexual Behavior Parental Behavior Chapter 11 Emotion Emotions as Response Patterns Communication of Emotions Feelings of Emotions Chapter 12 Ingestive Behavior Physiological Regulatory Mechanisms Drinking Eating: Some Facts about Metabolism What Starts A Meal? What Stops A Meal? Brain Mechanisms Obesity Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia Nervosa Chapter 13 Learning and Memory The Nature of Learning Synaptic Plasticity: Long-Term Potentiation and Long-Term Depression Perceptual Learning Classical Conditioning Instrumental Conditioning Relational Learning Chapter 14 Human Communication Speech Production and Comprehension: Brain Mechanisms Disorders of Reading and Writing Chapter 15 Neurological Disorders Tumors Seizure Disorders Cerebrovascular Accidents Disorders of Development Degenerative Disorders Disorders Caused By Infectious Diseases Chapter 16 Schizophrenia and the Affective Disorders Schizophrenia Major Affective Disorders Chapter 17 Anxiety Disorders, Autistic Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Stress Disorders Anxiety Disorders Autistic Disorder Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Stress Disorders Chapter 18 Drug Abuse Common Features of AddictionCommonly Abused DrugsHeredity and Drug AbuseTherapy for Drug Abuse
I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of
Illinois. I had planned to study nuclear physics, but when I
discovered in an introductory psychology course that psychology was
really a science, I decided that was what I wanted to do. Before
changing my major, I talked with several professors and visited
their laboratories, and when I saw what physiological psychologists
do, I knew that I had found my niche. I stayed on at Illinois and
received my Ph.D. Then, after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at
the University of Iowa, I came to the University of Massachusetts,
where I've been ever since.
When I arrived at UMass I established a laboratory where I investigated the role of the limbic system in species-typical and learned behaviors, continuing work I had done at the University of Illinois. I received several Biomedical Research Support Grants and a research grant from NICHD. As I became more involved in textbook writing, I began to focus my attention more and more on this activity and on my teaching.
I took the opportunity afforded by my first sabbatical leave to write the first edition of Physiology of Behavior. I very much enjoyed the experience, and this endeavor taught me much more about behavioral neuroscience. I was gratified with the positive response of my students and of the colleagues who adopted the book. The pleasure provided by this response and by the enjoyment of keeping up with the literature and writing about it has kept me going for 11 editions. (I have no plans to stop writing.) I retired from UMass in the fall of 2004 but continue to keep up with developments in the field of behavioral neuroscience and revise my book. The Psychology Department has kindly let me keep an office at the university, which makes it easier for me to continue interacting with my former colleagues.
My interests outside of writing include spending time with our family, traveling, fly fishing, skiing, and flying our small airplane." --Neil Carlson