Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology

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This Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology provides a comprehensive source of information about our present understanding of the brain by taking advantage of the power of the Internet we are creating a “virtual” encyclopedia, a “Neuropedia,” comprising many thousands of articles about neuroscience. These are continually updated by trustworthy experts, and new ones are commissioned as needed. Unlike a conventional printed encyclopedia, an expensive new edition will not be needed every few years. Instead of traditional encyclopedias, the contents of the module is very up-to-date, and new ideas and discoveries are introduced within a few months of their nascence. Likewise no printed encyclopedia could have several thousand chapters, not least because it would take hours to find what you wanted. But with the marvels of computer indexing, any desired article is available with a few keystrokes, in milliseconds in the Reference Module.

Numbers at a glance

  • 4,300+ articles
  • 6,000+ contributors
  • 11 editorial board members
  • 21 Major Reference Works
  • 16,000+ images
  • Over 200 new or updated articles added since launch

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“The human brain is arguably one of the most complex biological structures in existence. Whereas in the past our lack of knowledge was characterised by naming parts ‘silent’ or ‘association’ areas, it is gradually beginning to yield up its secrets thanks to the application of numerous different investigative techniques. However, the plethora of new information requires both constant updating and also organising into a readily searchable database. That ambitious aim is exactly what the Reference Module in Neuroscience seeks to achieve.” John Morris - Subject Editor for Neuroanatomy - University of Oxford, UK

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“In the contemporary world, where we are deluged with journal papers, it is all but impossible to keep up with crucial developments in closely related areas of science -- something that I find increasingly essential to my research as science becomes ever more interdisciplinary. The value of the Reference Module is precisely that it provides short, authoritative summaries that are regularly updated” Robin Dunbar - Subject Editor for Evolution of the Human Brain - University of Oxford, UK

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With continuously updated articles selected from the following Elsevier Major Reference Works:

  • Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference
  • Comprehensive Clinical Psychology
  • Encyclopedia of Adolescence
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
  • Encyclopedia of Basic Epilepsy Research
  • Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Encyclopedia of Consciousness
  • Encyclopedia of Creativity (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Hormones
  • Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • Encyclopedia of Mental Health (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Movement Disorders
  • Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
  • Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy
  • Encyclopedia of Sleep
  • Encyclopedia of the Eye
  • Encyclopedia of the Human Brain
  • Evolution of Nervous Systems (Second Edition)
  • Hormones Brain and Behavior (Third Edition)
  • Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference  (Second Edition)

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Benefits for Researchers:

  • Quickly build authoritative foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge in preparation to reading primary literature
  • Keep current with new developments across the breadth of the field
  • Explore multiple subject areas related to your work in one easy to use resource

Benefits for Students, Academics and Lectures:

  • Faculty can easily build a portfolio of reliable course material, hosted online for easy distribution
  • Students can quickly gain an understanding of a new subject at an accessible level
  • Lecturers can be assured students are using authoritative and up to date content to gain foundational knowledge
  • Much wider knowledge resource than a textbook with access to thousands of articles

Benefits to Librarians and Information Specialists:

  • Ensure that researchers are accessing and using the most accurate and reliable resource
  • Hosted on ScienceDirect with links to related journals and books
  • Thousands of articles hosted in one interdisciplinary resource avoiding the need to purchase multiple Major Reference Works
  • Flexible purchasing options

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