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Introduction to Psychology : Exploration and Application

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Pub. Date:
7/21/2000
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Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

In this revitalized, redesigned, and thoroughly updated Ninth Edition of his best-selling text, Dennis Coon presents psychology in a way readers will find fascinating, relevant, and above all, accessible. Built into every chapter are a number of features-originated by Coon-that help readers grasp major concepts, develop a broad understanding of psychology's diversity, and see for themselves how psychology relates to the challenges of everyday life. Dennis Coon's delight in the subject matter of psychology and in the readers' curiosity, insights, imagination, and interest is apparent on every page. In a course where professors are frequently confronted by students who haven't actually read their textbooks, Coon's text offers a solution. Coon effectively presents the latest research, the latest controversies, and the key scientific content in an involving way that gets students "hooked" on psychology and eager to read on. Because readers become actively involved with the material, they develop a basic understanding of psychology that they take with them into their future courses and careers. Coon was the first textbook author to make effective use of cognitive principles to teach psychology by building each chapter around the SQ3R study-reading formula: survey, question, read, recite, and review. In the Ninth Edition, Coon has added a fourth "R"-Relate-to create an SQ4R structure, designed to help students better retain the material by encouraging them to relate it directly to their own lives. A new subtitle-Gateways to Mind and Behavior-highlights the relevance of psychology to everyday life. There are certain takeaway concepts (or "Gateways") within each area of introductory psychology (and infused within each chapter) that, once mastered, will provide students with the ability to unlock a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, throughout the course and beyond.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Psychology of Studying xli
Psychology: The Search for Understanding
1(26)
Psychology in Action: Critical Thinking---Uncommon Sense
21(2)
A Step Beyond: Pseudo-psychologies---Palms, Planets, and Personality
23(4)
Research Methods and Critical Thinking
27(23)
Psychology in Action: Psychology in the News---Separating Fact from Fiction
43(3)
A Step Beyond: Research Ethics---Smile, You're on Candid Camera!
46(4)
The Brain, Biology, and Behavior
50(33)
Psychology in Action: Handedness---If Your Brain Is Right, What's Left?
74(4)
A Step Beyond: Neurogenesis and Plasticity---The Plastic, Fantastic Brain
78(5)
Child Development
83(42)
Psychology in Action: Effective Parenting---Raising Healthy Children
116(3)
A Step Beyond: The Brave New World of Genetics and Reproduction
119(6)
From Birth to Death: Life-Span Development
125(39)
Psychology in Action: Well-Being and Happiness---What Makes a Good Life?
156(1)
A Step Beyond: Approaching Death---New Pathways
157(7)
Sensation and Reality
164(35)
Psychology in Action: Controlling Pain---This Won't Hurt a Bit
198(1)
A Step Beyond: Sensation in Space---Adapting to an Alien Environment
198(1)
Perceiving the World
199(34)
Psychology in Action: Perception and Objectivity---Believing Is Seeing
232(1)
A Step Beyond: Extrasensory Perception---Do You Believe in Magic?
232(1)
States of Consciousness
233(41)
Psychology in Action: Exploring and Using Dreams
266(3)
A Step Beyond: Drug Abuse---Many Questions, Few Answers
269(5)
Conditioning and Learning
274(36)
Psychology in Action: Behavioral Self-Management
303(3)
A Step Beyond: Biological Constraints on Learning---Snakes, Spiders, and the Reluctant Raccoon
306(4)
Memory
310(33)
Psychology in Action: Mnemonics---Memory Magic
336(2)
A Step Beyond: The Recovered Memory-False Memory Debate
338(5)
Cognition, Language, and Creativity
343(34)
Psychology in Action: Enhancing Creativity---Brainstorms
368(4)
A Step Beyond: Animal Intelligence
372(5)
Intelligence
377(26)
Psychology in Action: How Intelligent Are Intelligence Tests?
396(3)
A Step Beyond: The Larry P. Case---``Six-Hour Retardates''
399(4)
Motivation and Emotion
403(42)
Psychology in Action: Behavioral Dieting---Fat Chance for a Slim Future
438(2)
A Step Beyond: Love---Stalking an Elusive Emotion
440(5)
Gender and Sexuality
445(34)
Psychology in Action: Sexual Problems---When Pleasure Fades
470(5)
A Step Beyond: Touching---Does It Always Have Sexual Implications?
475(4)
Personality
479(38)
Psychology in Action: Barriers and Bridges---Understanding Shyness
511(2)
A Step Beyond: Self-Monitoring---Which Me Do You See?
513(4)
Health, Stress, and Coping
517(36)
Psychology in Action: Stress Management
544(4)
A Step Beyond: Meditation---The 20-Minute Vacation
548(5)
Psychological Disorders
553(43)
Psychology in Action: Suicide---Lives on the Brink
588(3)
A Step Beyond: Who Is ``Crazy''? What Should Be Done about It?
591(5)
Therapies
596(37)
Psychology in Action: Self-Management and Seeking Professional Help
623(6)
A Step Beyond: Cultural Issues in Counseling and Therapy
629(4)
Social Behavior
633(31)
Psychology in Action: Assertiveness Training---Standing Up for Your Rights
657(2)
A Step Beyond: Social Traps---The Tragedy of the Commons
659(5)
Attitudes, Culture, and Human Relations
664(36)
Psychology in Action: Multiculturalism---Living with Diversity
688(3)
A Step Beyond: Sociobiology---Do Genes Guide Social Behavior?
691
APPENDIX A Applied Psychology A-1
Psychology in Action: Improving Communication at Work
A-23
A Step Beyond: Space Psychology---Life on the High Frontier
A-26
APPENDIX B Behavioral Statistics B-1
Glossary
References
Subject Index
Name Index
Credits


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