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This classic text emphasizes the science of psychology, with a special focus on applying psychology to students' daily lives. Now available in a special edition tied to the award-winning Discovering Psychology video series, produced by WGBH Boston with the American Psychological Association. Author Phil Zimbardo narrates the video series, as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body and bring psychology to life for introductory students. Psychology and Life: The Discovering Psychology Edition offers the same content as the Eighteenth Edition, and adds a built in Discovering Psychology viewing guide at the end of each chapter. Each new copy of the text comes packaged at no additional cost with access to MyPsychLab, an online tool that includes links to the Discovering Psychology videos, as well as interactive viewing activities tied to the videos. Students can go to MyPsychLab to launch the videos and then either complete the viewing activities in their textbook or do the assignments online. Theres also an Index of Multimedia that makes it easy for instructors to find and launch specific video segments for classroom presentation. Psychology and Life continues to provide a rigorous, research-centered survey of the discipline while offering students special features and learning aids that will spark their interest and excite their imaginations.
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Table of Contents: 1. PSYCHOLOGY AND LIFE WHAT MAKES PSYCHOLOGY UNIQUE? Definitions The Goals of Psychology PSYCHOLOGY IN YOUR LIFE: CAN PSYCHOLOGY HELP FIND ME A CAREER? THE EVOLUTION OF MODERN PSYCHOLOGY Psychologys Historical Foundations Current Psychological Perspectives CRITICAL THINKING IN YOUR LIFE: WHY DO FRIENDSHIPS END? WHAT PSYCHOLOGISTS DO HOW TO USE THIS BOOK Study Strategies Study Techniques Special Features RECAPPING MAIN POINTS KEY TERMS 2. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY THE PROCESS OF RESEARCH Observer Biases and Operational Definitions Experimental Methods: Alternative Explanations and the Need for Controls Correlational Methods Subliminal Influence? PSYCHOLOGY IN YOUR LIFE: CAN SURVEY RESEARCH AFFECT YOUR ATTITUDES? PSYCHOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT Achieving Reliability and Validity Self-Report Measures Behavioral Measures and Observations ETHICAL ISSUES IN HUMAN AND ANIMAL RESEARCH Informed Consent Risk/Gain Assessment Intentional Deception Debriefing Issues in Animal Research BECOMING A WISER RESEARCH CONSUMER CRITICAL THINKING IN YOUR LIFE: HOW CAN YOU EVALUATE PSYCHOLOGICAL INFORMATION ON THE WEB? RECAPPING MAIN POINTS KEY TERMS STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UNDERSTANDING STATISTICS: ANALYZING DATA AND FORMING CONCLUSIONS ANALYZING THE DATA DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS INFERENTIAL STATISTICS BECOMING A WISE CONSUMER OF STATISTICS KEY TERMS 3. THE BIOLOGICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY BASES OF BEHAVIOR HEREDITY AND BEHAVIOR Evolution and Natural Selection Variation in the Human Genotype THE NERVOUS SYSTEM IN ACTION The Neuron Action Potentials Synaptic Transmission Neurotransmitters and Their Functions BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR Eavesdropping on the Brain The Nervous System Brain Structures and Their Functions Hemispheric Lateralization The Endocrine System Plasticity and Neurogenesis: Our Changing Brains CRITICAL THINKING IN YOUR LIFE: WHAT DOES ITS GENETIC MEAN? PSYCHOLOGY IN YOUR LIFE: WHY DOES MUSIC HAVE AN IMPACT ON HOW YOU FEEL? RECAPPING MAIN POINTS KEY TERMS 4. SENSATION AND PERCEPTION SENSING, ORGANIZING, IDENTIFYING, AND RECOGNIZING The Proximal and Distal Stimuli Reality, Ambiguity, and Illusions SENSORY KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD Psychophysics From Physical Events to Mental Events THE VISUAL SYSTEM The Human Eye The Pupil and the Lens The Retina Processes in the Brain Seeing Color CRITICAL THINKING IN YOUR LIFE: CAN TECHNOLOGY RESTORE SIGHT? HEARING The Physics of Sound Psychological Dimensions of Sound The Physiology of Hearing YOUR OTHER SENSES Smell Taste Touch and Skin Senses The Vestibular and Kinesthetic Senses Pain ORGANIZATIONAL PROCESSES IN PERCEPTION Attentional Processes Principles of Perceptual Grouping Spatial and Temporal Integration Motion Perception Depth Perception Perceptual Constancies PSYCHOLOGY IN YOUR LIFE: WHY IS EATING HOT FOOD PAINFUL? IDENTIFICATION AND RECOGNITION PROCESS Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processes The Influence of Contexts and Expectations Final Lessons RECAPPING MAIN POINTS KEY TERMS 5. MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND ALTERNATESTATES THE CONTENTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS Awareness and Consciousness Studying the Contents of Consciousness THE FUNCTIONS OF CONSCIOUSNESS The Uses o