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Author Biography

Saundra K. Ciccarelli, Professor of Psychology for over 28 years at Gulf Coast Community College; Ph.D in developmental psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.   


J. Noland White, Associate Professor in the Department of Pschological Science at Georgia College and State University; Ph.D. in Education from The University of Tennessee with a major in counseling psychology and specialty focus in neuropsychology.

Table of Contents

Ch Intro        Psychology in Action: Secrets for Surviving College and Improving Your Grades

Study Methods: Different Strokes for Different Folks

Reading Textbooks: Textbooks Are Not Meatloaf

How to Take Notes: Printing Out PowerPoint Slides Is Not Taking Notes

Studying for Exams: Cramming Is Not an Option

Writing Papers: Planning Makes Perfect


Ch01   The Science of Psychology

What is Psychology?

Psychology then: The History of Psychology

Psychology Now: Modern Perspectives

Psychological Professionals and Areas of Specialization

Psychology: The Scientific Methodology

Ethics of Psychological Research

The Criteria for Critical Thinking


Ch02   Biological Perspective

An Overview of the Nervous System

Neurons and Nerves: Building the Network

The Central Nervous System-The “Central Processing Unit”

The Peripheral Nervous System-Nerves on the Edge

Distant Connections: The Endocrine Glands

Lookink Inside the Living Brain

From the Bottom Up: the Structures of the Brain


Ch03   Sensation and Perception

The ABCs of Sensation

the Science of Seeing

The Hearing Sense: Can You Hear Me Now?

Chemical Senses: It Tastes Good and Smells even Better

Somesthetic Senses: What the Body Knows

The ABCs of Perception


Ch04   Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs

What is Consciousness?

Altered States: Sleep


Altered States: The Effects of Hypnosis

Altered States: The Influence of Psychoactive Drugs


Ch05   Learning

Definition of Learning

It Makes Your Mouth Water: Classical Conditioning

What’s in It for Me? Operant Conditioning

Cognitive Learning Theory

Observational Learning


Ch06   Memory

Three Processes of Memory

Models of Memory

The Information-Processing Model: Three Memory Systems

Getting It Out: Retrieval of Long-Term Memories

The Reconstructive Nature of Long-Term Memory Retrieval: How Reliable Are Memories?

What Were We Talking About? Forgetting

Neuroscience of Memory


Ch07   Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language

How People Think



Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Mental and Physical Exercise Combine for Better Cognitive Health


Ch08   Development Across the Life Span

Issues in Studying Human Development

The Basic Building Blocks of Development

Prenatal Development

Infancy and Childhood Development




Ch09   Motivation and Emotion

Approaches To Understanding Motivation

What, Hungry Again? Why People Eat



Ch10   Sexuality and Gender

The Physical Side of Human Sexuality

The Psychological Side of Human Sexuality: Gender

Human Sexual Behavior

Sexual Dysfunctions and Problems

Sexually Transmitted Infections


Ch11   Stress and Health

Stress and Stressors

Physiological Factors: Stress and Health

Coping With Stress


Ch12   Social Psychology

Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance, Obedience and group behavior

Social Cognition: Attitudes, Impression Formation, and Attribution

Social Interaction: Prejudice, Love, and Aggression

liking and loving: interpersonal attraction

Aggression and prosocial behavior


Ch13   Theories of Personality

Theories of Personality

The Man and the Couch: Sigmund Freud and the Psychodynamic Perspective

The Behaviorist and Social Cognitive View of Personality

The Third Force: Humanism and Personality

Trait Theories: Who are You?

The Biology of Personality: Behavioral Genetics

Assessment of Personality


Ch14   Psychological Disorders

What is Abnormality?

Models of Abnormality

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)

Anxiety Disorders: What, Me Worry?

Mood Disorders: The Effect of Affect

Eating Disorders

Dissociative Disorders: Altered Identities

Schizophrenia: Altered Reality

Personality Disorders: I’m OK, it’s Everyone Else Who’s Weird


Ch15   Psychological Therapies

Two Kinds of Therapy

The Early Days: Ice-Water Baths and Electric Shocks

Psychotherapy Begins

Humanistic Therapy: To Err is Human

Behavior Therapies: Learning One’s Way to Better Behavior

Cognitive Therapies: Thinking is Believing

Group Therapies: Not JUST for the Shy

Does Psychotherapy Really Work?

Biomedical Therapies


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