Biological Psychology

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Biological Psychology edited by Suzanne Higgs, Alison Cooper, Jonathan Lee and Mike Harris. 

SAGE edge offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalised approach to help you accomplish your coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment and features elements such as:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards which strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow you to assess your understanding of course material
  • Links to online videos, animations and podcasts that offer a new perspective and an alternative learning style
  • An online action plan including tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials which allows you to individualise your learning experience
  • learning objectives for each chapter that reinforce the most important material


SAGE edge for Instructors supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. instructor sites include tools and elements such as:

  • Test banks that provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportun­ity to edit any question and/or insert personalised questions to effectively assess stu­dents’ progress and understanding
  • A chapter-specific set of PowerPoint® slides including the artwork from the textbook


About the Book

'The style is very clear and readable: it made me want to continue reading. I would recommend this for students who find the subject particularly difficult, and who struggle to get a firm grasp of the basics.' 
Dr Laura Brown, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Manchester

'I really like the writing style – easy to read but contains the necessary information for first- and second-year students. The spotlights are really good and make it possible for interested students to dig deeper.'
Dr Håkan Fischer, Professor of Human Biological Psychology, Stockholm University

Written to guide undergraduate students new to brain and behaviour through the key biological concepts that determine how we act, Biological Psychology provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject. It includes detailed coverage of sensation, movement, sleep, eating and emotions, with further chapters on the biological basis of psychological disorders and the effects of drug-taking. Uniquely, the authors emphasise the importance of learning and memory as a key thread throughout and include advanced chapters on key research areas that push discussion further and encourage critical thinking, making this book appropriate for undergraduates studying biological psychology at any level.

Key Features include:

  • ‘Spotlights’ offering insights into key areas of research that expose the most important developing issues in the field today  
  • A clear structure including roadmaps and key points for each chapter to ease navigation through the book and understanding of the links between concepts
  • Full colour presentation to bring the topics to life through clear and comprehensive illustrations and diagrams

Suzanne Higgs, Alison Cooper, Jonathan Lee and Mike Harris are all based at the University of Birmingham.