This accessible introductory text addresses the core knowledge domain of biological psychology, with focused coverage of the central concepts, research and debates in this key area. Biological Psychology outlines the importance and purpose of the biological approach and contextualises it with other perspectives in psychology, emphasizing the interaction between biology and the environment. Learning features including case studies, review questions and assignments are provided to aid students' understanding and promote a critical approach. Extended critical thinking and skill-builder activities develop the reader's higher-level academic skills.



Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you should:

  • be aware of areas of the brain that govern the formation and retention of different memory processes;
  • understand the influence of evolution and genetics on human memory;
  • recognise the impact of hormones on memory functioning;
  • have a critical understanding of the research methodologies used to explore memory processes;
  • be aware of future directions in memory research;
  • have developed your critical thinking skills.


Luis Buñuel, the Spanish film-maker, once said Life without memory is no life at all … Our memory is a coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing. Psychologists also note that memory is critical to human functioning, with the study of memory placed at the heart of many psychology courses. Cognitive psychologists have ...

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