The text of this book is very 'chatty.' Concepts are worded in a manner that is overly wordy and makes it difficult to understand. Presented in a more straight forward manner, it would be easy to understand and the book would be half as long. There's a lot of " ______ doesn't occur unless ____, _____, ______, _____, and ______, do not occur." When they could just as easily say "______ happens when ______, and _______ conditions are present." Additionally, the material is so detailed and way too much for one course. They cover the entire nervous system in one chapter, and even cover how a stomach stapling procedure is done. This is a book for psychology students, not neuroscience majors or med students. Quiz questions for this textbook through Pearson are worded in a way to try and make it hard, and some questions refer to direct quotes from the book, which would require you to memorize the book word for word to recall that missing fill in the blank that isn't a term, but an accessory word or phrase.
All in all, they're trying to fluff the material rather than simply teach what you need to know. If a professor is going to succeed with this text, they need to know all the material themselves, and rework it into outlines prepared for the students, which are used by the professor to support lecture. As a stand alone teach yourself book as this class was presented in my case for an online class where the professor did no teaching at all, this book was bad.
- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: A&S SOFTSIDE 2 SSA; 10 edition (30 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1292158476
- ISBN-13: 978-1292158471
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.9 x 27.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)