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Saundra K Ciccarelli is a Professor of Psychology at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Originally interested in a career as a researcher in the development of language and intelligence in developmentally delayed children and adolescents, Dr. Ciccarelli had publications in the American Journal of Mental Deficiency while still at Peabody. However, she discovered a love of teaching early on in her career. This led her to the position at Gulf Coast State College, where she has been teaching Introductory Psychology and Human Development for over 30 years. Her students love her enthusiasm for the field of psychology and the many anecdotes and examples she uses to bring psychology to life for them. Before writing this text, Dr. Ciccarelli authored numerous ancillary materials for several introductory psychology and human development texts.
J Noland White is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgia College, Georgia’s Public Liberal Arts University, located in Milledgeville. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Georgia College and joined the faculty in 2001 after receiving his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. White has worked as a consultant in a variety of settings, including adult mental health, developmental disabilities, and juvenile justice. Back on campus, he operates an active lab and with his students is currently investigating the psychophysiological characteristics and neuropsychological performance of adults with and without ADHD. Outside of the lab, Dr. White is engaged in collaborative research examining the effectiveness of incorporating technology in and out of the college classroom to facilitate student learning. He also serves as a mentor for other faculty wanting to expand their use of technology with their classes. In 2008, he was a recipient of the Georgia College Excellence in Teaching Award.
In this Section:
1. Brief Table of Contents
2. Full Table of Contents
1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 The Science of Psychology
Chapter 2 The Biological Perspective
Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception
Chapter 4 Learning
Chapter 5 Memory
Chapter 6 Consciousness and Cognition
Chapter 7 Development Across the Life Span
Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 9 Stress and Health
Chapter 10 Social Psychology
Chapter 11 Theories of Personality and Intelligence
Chapter 12 Psychological Disorders
Chapter 13 Psychological Therapies
2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: 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
Chapter 2: The 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
Looking Inside the Brain
From the Bottom Up: The Structures of the Brain
Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception
The ABCs of Sensation
The Science of Seeing
The Hearing Sense: Can You Hear Me Now?
Chemical Senses: It tastes Good, But It Smells Even Better
Somesthetic Senses: What the Body Knows
The ABCs of Perception
Chapter 4: Learning
Definition of Learning
It Makes Your Mouth Water: Classical Conditioning
What's in It for Me? Operant Conditioning
Cognitive Learning Theory
Chapter 5: Memory
Three Processes of Memory
Models of Memory
The Information-Processing Model: Three Stages of Memory
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
Chapter 6: Consciousness and Cognition
What is Consciousness?
Altered States: Sleep
How People Think
Chapter 7: Development Across the Life Span
Issues in Studying Human Development
The Basic Building Blocks of Development
The embryonic Period
The Fetal Period: Grow, Baby, Grow
Infancy and Childhood Development
Baby, Can You See Me? Baby, Can You Hear Me? Sensory Development
Chapter 8: Motivation and Emotion
Approaches to Understanding Motivation
Psychoactive Drugs and Addiction
Chapter 9: Stress and Health
Stress and Stressors
Physiological Factors: Stress and Health
Stress, Hunger, and Eating Disorders
Stress and Sexual Dysfunction
Coping with Stress
Chapter 10: Social Psychology
Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
Social Cognition: Attitudes, Impression Formation, and Attribution
Social Interaction: Prejudice, Love, and Aggression
Liking and Loving: Interpersonal Attraction
Aggression and Prosocial Behavior
Chapter 11: Theories of Personality and Intelligence
Theories of Personality and Intelligence
The Man and the Couch: Sigmund Freud and Psychodynamic Perspective
The Behaviorist and Social Cognitive Views of Personality
The Third Force: Humanism and Personality
Trait Theories: Who Are You?
Assessment of Personality
The Biology of Personality and Intelligence: Behavioral Genetics
Chapter 12: 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
Schizophrenia: Altered Reality
Chapter 13: Psychological Therapies
Two Kinds of Therapy
The Early Days: Ice-Water Baths and Electric Shocks
Humanistic Therapies: To Err is Human
Behavior Therapies: Learning One's Way to Better Behavior
Cognitive Therapies: Thinking is Believing
Group Therapies: Not for the Shy
Does Psychotherapy Really Work?