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Invitation to Psychology, Media and Research Update,9780131778795
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For undergraduate introductory courses in psychology. In this brief, thirteen-chapter text, authors Carole Wade and Carol Tavris draw upon their years of writing experienceboth for academic and lay audiencesand on their years of teaching at two- and four-year schools, in order to invite students into a lively and relevant exploration of psychology. With Invitation to Psychology, students gain the skills they need to become successful critical and scientific thinkers, and actively bring these skills to bear on important matters in their own lives!

Table of Contents

To the Instructor
To the Student
About the Authors
What Is Psychology?
The Science of Psychology
What Psychologists Do
Critical and Scientific Thinking in Psychology
Descriptive Studies: Establishing the Facts
Correlational Studies: Looking for Relationships
The Experiment: Hunting for Causes
Evaluating the Findings
Your Self
Theories of Personality
The Elements of Personality
The Biological Contribution
The Learning Contribution
The Cultural Contribution
The Psychodynamic Contribution
The Humanist Contribution
Development over the Life Span
From Conception to the First Year
Cognitive Development
Gender Development
How Much Do Parents Matter?
Are Adults Prisoners of Childhood?
Your Body
Neurons, Hormones, and the Brain
The Nervous System: A Basic Blueprint
Communication in the Nervous System
Mapping the Brain
A Tour Through the Brain
The Two Hemispheres of the Brain
Two Stubborn Issues in Brain Research
Sensation and Perception
Our Sensational Senses
Other Senses
Perceptual Powers: Origins and Influences
Puzzles of Perception
Your Mind
Thinking and Intelligence
Thought: Using What We Know
Reasoning Rationally
Barriers to Reasoning Rationally
The Origins of Intelligence
Animal Minds
Reconstructing the Past
Memory and the Power of Suggestion
In Pursuit of Memory
The Three-Box Model of Memory
How We Remember
Why We Forget
Autobiographical Memories
Your Environment
Classical Conditioning
Classical Conditioning in Real Life
Operant Conditioning
Operant Conditioning in Real Life
Social-Cognitive Learning Theories
Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
Roles and Rules
Social Influences on Beliefs
Individuals in Groups
Us Versus Them: Group Identity
Group Conflict and Prejudice
Your Mental Health
Psychological Disorders
Defining and Diagnosing Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders
Personality Disorders
Dissociative Identity Disorder ("Multiple Personality")
Drug Abuse and Addiction
Approaches to Treatment and Therapy
Biological Treatments
Kinds of Psychotherapy
Evaluating Psychotherapy
Your Life
Emotion, Stress, and Health
The Nature of Emotion
Emotion and Culture
The Nature of Stress
Stress and Emotion
Emotions, Stress, and Health: How to Cope
The Major Motives of Life: Love, Sex, Food, and Work
The Social Animal: Motives for Love
The Erotic Animal: Motives for Sex
The Hungry Animal: Motives to Eat
The Competent Animal: Motives to Achieve
When Motives Conflict
Appendix: Statistical Methods
Author Index
Subject Index
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