Neil V. Watson; S. Marc Breedlove
Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press
The Mind’s Machine, which was first published in 2012, was written with the intention of teaching students from a wide variety of academic fields the fundamental ideas of behavioral neuroscience. These fields include not only psychology and the other life sciences, but also art, philosophy, media studies, linguistics, and other similar subjects. The book was successful in engaging students who were new to neuroscience without compromising its accuracy by streamlining the text, including artwork in full color, incorporating innovative pedagogical features, and providing real-life examples and analogies.
The Mind’s Machine was put to the test by both teachers and students, and it was shown to be approachable and reader-friendly, in addition to having an affordable price, and the second edition is not any different in this regard.
Consider utilizing this book in your classroom if you are going to be instructing students in the areas of brain and behavior, biopsychology, or physiological psychology.
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Thrilling anecdotes The author begins each chapter with a riveting anecdote that connects the information that will be presented in the chapter to a real-life scenario.
The information can be more easily organized with the help of a graphic layout, which also directs students to the figures that illustrate each point. There are important terms that are written in boldface, callouts to relevant figures, and references to the Companion Website provided.
Larger, self-contained “Parts” of chapters are written separately so as to allow for the greatest amount of flexibility when assigning readings.
Marginal Glossary In order to assist students in recognizing and acquiring essential vocabulary as they read, terms that are presented in boldface format are defined in the margins of the text.
Work Being Done by Researchers
The process of experimentation and the testing of hypotheses is brought to light by providing explanations of significant discoveries along with accompanying illustrations.
Students can instantly access support material from the Companion Website using their smartphones. This support material includes videos, activities, and animations that further explain a variety of subject areas.
Art in Color
To better assist students in gaining an understanding of biological processes, the figures have been beautifully drawn. The figures are one of the most effective pedagogical features in the text because they are clearly labeled and explained in a concise manner.
Boxes Each box contains a description of an interesting application, an important method, a sidelight, a historical perspective, or a conceptual review that is meant to refresh the reader’s memory.
Going One Step Further
This feature provides additional, more advanced material that can be utilized by teachers who wish to make certain topics more challenging for their students, as well as by students who wish to learn more.
How are things going for you? Review questions are located at the end of each chapter and are designed to help students consolidate and practice the information that they have gained from reading the assigned material.
Photographs Students can see “real-life” examples of concepts and topics through the use of photographs.