A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book (2e) : 9780205548743

A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book (2e)

Pinel, John & Edwards, Maggie
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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This hands-on workbook provides and easy and enjoyable means of learning and reviewing the fundamentals of human neuroanatomy through the acclaimed directed-coloring method. Because the text deals with only key concepts and progresses in small, logical, easy-to-learn increments, it is ideal for the nonexpert-students, professionals and lay people alike.


There are other introductions to human brain anatomy, but this is a book with a difference. A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book was written by John Pinel and illustrated by Maggie Edwards, a team renowned for their ability to engage and fascinate the reader with their simple, cutting edge portrayals of the body's most complex organ and its psychological functions.

Table of contents
  • Preface.
  • To The Reader.
  • How to Use This Book.
  • Chapter 1:      Organization of the Human Nervous System.
  • Chapter 2:      Planes and Directions in the Human Nervous System.
  • Chapter 3:      Cells of the Nervous System.
  • Chapter 4:      Early Development of the Human Nervous System.
  • Chapter 5:      Gross Anatomy of the Human Brain.
  • Chapter 6:      Major Structures of the Brain Stem.
  • Chapter 7:      Major Structures of the Cerebral Hemispheres.
  • Chapter 8:      Sensory Systems of the Central Nervous System.
  • Chapter 9:      Sensorimotor Pathways of the Central Nervous System.
  • Chapter 10:    Brain Structures and Memory.
  • Chapter 11:    Motivational Systems of the Brain.
  • Chapter 12:    Cortical Localization of Language and Thinking.
  • Answers to Review Exercises
  • Index
New to this edition
  • New unit on Glial Cells (3.8)
  • New unit on Adult Neurogensis (4.6)
  • New unit on Cortical Areas Involved in Reading: Mapped by PET (12.2)
  • New unit on Cortical Areas Involved in Thinking: Mapped by Blood Flow Measurement (12.4)
  • New unit on Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Effects of Prefrontal Cortex Lesions (12.5)
  • Substantially revised units include 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.2, 4.5, 8.6, 9.1, 11.3, 11.6, 12.3
Features & benefits

Besides its clarity and personality, A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Braining and Psychology Coloring Book is distinguished by the following features:

  • Looking from Two Perspectives: To increase comprehension and facilitate retention, many of the brain structures that are introduced in this book are examined from two perspectives: structural and functional. Part 1 introduces, defines and illustrates the location of the major brain structures, while Part 2 describes their psychological functions and positions in functioning circuits.
  • Learning Through Coloring: The effectiveness of coloring in the teaching of anatomy is well established. It actively involves readers in the learning process and encourages them to pay close attention to structural details.
  • Less is More: The illustrations and text are designed to introduce key concepts and major structures clearly and simply without unnecessary detail, focusing only on key neuroanatomical concepts and structures.
  • The Cover Flap: A fold-over cover flap attached to the back cover can be used to cover illustration labels on the pages in the book for review and self-testing.
  • Review Exercises: Each chapter ends with a series of review exercises whose purpose is to improve retention while providing students with a means to assess her or his own progress.
  • Consistent format: Each learning unit on a two-page spread, with consistent format and elements to facilitate acquisition.
Author biography

John Pinel, the author of Biopsychology, obtained his PhD from McGill University in Montreal. He worked briefly at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before taking up his current position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Professor Pinel is an award-winning teacher and the author of over 200 scientific papers; however, he feels that Biopsychology is his major career-related accomplishment. “It ties together everything that I love about my job: students, teaching, writing, and research.”


When asked about his personal interests, Professor Pinel speaks glowingly of his partner, Maggie, and son, Greg. The high quality of the illustrations in Biopsychology is largely attributable to the effort and talents of Maggie, who is an artist and technical writer. Greg is currently completing his PhD at the London School of Economics, specializing in social and educational programs for indigenous peoples.


“I get most of my exercise by rehearsing and performing West African drum rhythms,” Professor Pinel says. “For a peak mental and physical experience, a bit of Kpanlogo with my friend, Nigerian drum master Kwasi Iruoje is hard to beat.” Most of Professor Pinel’s relaxation comes from cuddling his cats, Sambala, Rastaman, and Squeak.