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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 7/14/2013
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Mastering the World of Psychology, 5/e, provides students with more support than ever before, thanks to the Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review Learning Method, or SQ3R, which is integrated throughout the text. SQ3R shows students the relationship between psychological theory and learning. It is the strongest and most comprehensive program for measuring progress and attaining successful outcomes in Introductory Psychology.


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Author Biography

Samuel E. Wood received his doctorate from the University of Florida. He taught at West Virginia University and the University of Missouri–St. Louis and was a member of the doctoral faculty at both universities. From 1984 to 1996, he served as president of the Higher Education Center, a consortium of 14 colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. He was a cofounder of the Higher Education Cable TV channel (HEC-TV) in St. Louis and served as its president and CEO from its founding in 1987 until 1996. Dr. Wood passed away in 2008.


Ellen Green Wood  received her doctorate in educational psychology from St. Louis University and was an adjunct professor of psychology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec. She has also taught in the clinical experiences program in education at Washington University and at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Wood has developed and taught seminars on critical thinking. She received the Telecourse Pioneer Award from 1982 through 1988 for her contributions to the field of distance learning.


Denise Boyd  received her Ed.D. in educational psychology from the University of Houston and has been a psychology instructor in the Houston Community College system since 1988. From 1995 until 1998, she chaired the psychology, sociology, and anthropology department at Houston Community College–Central. She has coauthored three other Allyn and Bacon texts: with Helen Bee, Lifespan Development (Fourth Edition) and The Developing Child (Eleventh Edition); and with Genevieve Stevens, Current Readings in Lifespan Development. A licensed psychologist, she has presented a number of papers at professional meetings, reporting research in child, adolescent, and adult development. She has also presented workshops for teachers whose students range from preschool to college.


Together, Sam, Ellen and Denise have more than 45 years of experience teaching introductory psychology to thousands of students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Mastering the World of Psychology, Fourth Edition is the direct result of their teaching experience.

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


Brief Table of Contents:


Chapter 1:              Introduction to Psychology

Chapter 2:              Biology and Behavior

Chapter 3:              Sensation and Perception

Chapter 4:              Consciousness

Chapter 5:              Learning

Chapter 6:              Memory

Chapter 7:              Cognition, Language, and Intelligence

Chapter 8:              Human Development

Chapter 9:              Motivation and Emotion

Chapter 10:            Health and Stress

Chapter 11:            Personality Theory and Ass

Chapter 12:            Psychological Disorders

Chapter 13:         Therapies

Chapter 14:         Social Psychology

Full Table of Contents:


Chapter 1:                 Introduction to Psychology

An Introduction to Mastering the World of Psychology

Psychology Then and Now

Thinking about Theories and Research

Descriptive Research Methods

The Experimental Method

Research Participants


Chapter 2:                 Biology and Behavior

Discovering the Mysteries of the Nervous System

The Neurons and the Neurotransmitters

The Human Nervous System

A Closer Look at the Thinking Part of the Brain

Age, Gender, and the Brain

Beyond the Nervous System


Chapter 3:                 Sensation and Perception

The Process of Sensation


Hearing and Balance

Smell, Taste, and Touch

Influences on Perception

Principles of Perception

Unusual Perceptual Experiences


Chapter 4:                 Consciousness

What Is Consciousness?

Circadian Rhythms



Meditation and Hypnosis


Psychoactive Drugs


Chapter 5:                 Learning

Classical Conditioning

Operant Conditioning

Cognitive Learning


Chapter 6:                 Memory

The Structure of Human Memory

A Closer Look at Retrieval

Remembering as Reconstruction


Biology and Memory

Memory in Legal and Therapeutic Settings


Chapter 7:                 Cognition, Language, and Intelligence




Explaining Differences in Intelligence

Beyond Intelligence


Chapter 8:                 Human Development

Theories of Development

Prenatal Development and Infancy

Early and Middle Childhood


Early and Middle Adulthood

Later Adulthood


Chapter 9:                 Motivation and Emotion

Explaining Motivation


Sexual Motivation



Chapter 10:               Health and Stress

Sources of Stress

The Health-Stress Connection

Health and Illness

Lifestyle and Health


Chapter 11:               Personality Theory and Assessment

Psychoanalytic Theories

Humanistic Theories

Trait Theories

Social-Cognitive Theories

Personality Assessment


Chapter 12:               Psychological Disorders

Defining Psychological Disorders

Anxiety Disorders


Somatic, Dissociative, Sexual, and Personality Disorders

Childhood Disorders


Chapter 13:               Therapies

Insight Therapies

Relationship Therapies

Behavior Therapies

Cognitive Behavior Therapies

Biomedical Therapies

Practical Issues in Psychotherapy


Chapter 14:               Social Psychology

Social Cognition

Conformity, Obedience, and Compliance

Group Influence

Attitudes and Attitude Change.

Prosocial Behavior


Prejudice and Discrimination

Rewards Program

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