The Handy Psychology Answer Book

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  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
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Featuring more than 800 answers to questions of how the human mind and the science of psychology really work, this fascinating discussion gives readers the real facts of modern psychology in a fun, approachable way. Avoiding the entertainment fluff of pop psychology and the mind-numbing dullness of overly academic works, this exploration gives insight into the current science of the mind by answering questions questions such asWhat makes a marriage last?Why do toddlers have temper tantrums?andCan we exercise ourselves into happiness?In addition to the question-and-answer section, an overview looks at the psychology of money, sex, and morality.

Author Biography

Lisa J. Cohen is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Research for Psychiatry and Psychology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Cohen divides her time between clinical work, teaching and scientific research. .

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Glossaryp. 453
Bibliographyp. 469
Indexp. 483
Introducing the Basicsp. 1
The Basics
Psychology before Psychology
Psychology in Other Cultures
History and Pioneers
Sigmund Freud
John B. Watson and B.F. Skinner
Jean Piaget
Major Movements in Psychologyp. 31
Gestalt Psychology
Psychoanalytic Theory
Jungian Analytical Psychology
Humanistic Theories
Attachment Theory
Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
Neurobiological Theories
Cognitive Science
Psychology as a Science
Psychological Tests
Intelligence Testing
Brain and Behaviorp. 95
Basic Concepts in Neuroscience
The Major Structures of the Brain
Brain Development
From Brain to Mind
The Brain as Mapmaker
Sensation and Perception
Motor Behavior and Intentional Action
Cognition and Behavioral Control
Emotion and the Limbic System
Emotions in Mammals
Frontal Control of the Limbic System
Neurotransmitters and Other Brain Chemicals
Impact of the Environment on the Brain
Psychological Development Across the Lifespanp. 147
Freud's Psychosexual Stages
Erik Erikson's Psychosocial Stages
Margaret Mahler
Jean Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development
The Role of Culture
Toddler Years
Preschool Years (3-5)
School Age Children (6-11)
Adolescence (12-18)
Early Adulthood (19-40)
Middle Adulthood (40-60)
Later Adulthood (60 and Older)
The End of Life: Death and Dying
The Psychology of Everyday Life: Love, Marriage, and Baby Carriagep. 223
Sexual Orientation
The Psychology of Everyday Life: Motivation and the Search for Happinessp. 271
The Psychology of Happiness
Positive Psychology
Happiness across Cultures
The Psychology of Money
The Biology of Money
Group Dynamics and the Public Spherep. 301
Group Dynamics
Prejudice and Racism
Psychology in the Workplace
Psychology in the Public Sphere
Voting Behavior
Abnormal Psychology: Mental Health and Mental Illnessp. 343
Definitions and Classifications
Major Mental Illnesses
Disorders of Personality
Substance Abuse
Popular Psychology
The Psychology of Traumap. 405
The Psychological Impact of Trauma
Child Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Domestic Violence
Forensic Psychologyp. 429
The Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Causes of Antisocial Traits
Specific Forms of Crimes
Mental Illness and the Law
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