For Whom Do the Writers Write?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 835–836. Reviews the book, Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology, Vol. 7 edited by James M. Sprague and Alan N. Epstein (1977). This book represents a valiant attempt to keep its readers updated biannually on the advances in a variety of subdisciplines within psychobiology. It contains four chapters on widely disparate topics. These topics include: the function of pheromones, visceral involvement in the regulation of feeding, the evolution of the visual system in primates, and the role of rhythmical brain activity in sensorimotor integration. For the reader's benefit, each chapter contains an outline, concise summary, and extensive bibliography. The notable feature of this volume is the lack of a general theme. This is, of course, in accordance with the aim of the series, which is to update psychobiologists in areas outside their particular discipline. However, the chapters are not consistently written with this principle in mind. Without exception, the chapters are directed more toward researchers in a particular area than to the general reader. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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