Psychology: The Science of Person, Mind, and Brain

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  • Copyright: 1/13/2015
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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In Psychology: The Science of Person, Mind, and Brain, experienced teacher, researcher, and author Daniel Cervone provides students with a new and exciting way of understanding psychology.  Cervone organizes material around three levels of analysis -- person, mind, and brain -- and employs a person-first format that consistently introduces topics at the person level: theory and research on the lives of people in sociocultural contexts. Students are able to make sense of the latest research through what they understand best: people.

With fellow teacher and researcher Tracy Caldwell, Cervone has conceived a text beyond the print experience from the ground up, integrating online immersive research experiences and assessment tools that capitalize on research findings on pedagogy and student learning (e.g., the testing effect). 

Pedagogical Author, Tracy L. Caldwell
Working closely with Daniel Cervone, fellow teacher and researcher Tracy Caldwell of Dominican University developed the book’s pedagogical program from the Preview Questions at the beginning of each section to the Self-Tests at the end of each chapter. The pedagogy is designed to engage students at multiple levels of Bloom’s taxonomy and at multiple points in each chapter.

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Author Biography

Daniel Cervone is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has spent his entire career. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College and his PhD from Stanford University, where he was a student of Albert Bandura. He has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Washington and the University of Rome "La Sapienza," and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

In addition to introductory psychology, Dan teaches personality psychology, social cognition, and research methods. He is graduate advisor to doctoral students in social/personality and clinical psychology, and serves as a Fellow in UIC’s undergraduate Honors College. 

Dan is the author of a graduate-level and undergraduate texts in personality, and co-editor of four volumes in personality science. He has published numerous scientific articles, primarily in the study of social-cognitive processes and personality. He has served as the Program Chairperson of the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science on three occasions, and is the U.S.-based Chairperson of the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science.
Tracy L. Caldwell is Associate Professor of Psychology at Dominican University, where she was recently appointed a Diversity Fellow. She earned her B.A. at The College of New Jersey and her Ph.D. in personality and social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Tracy caught the teaching bug during graduate school, when as a teaching assistant for a large section of introductory psychology, she led several smaller discussion sections. In her post as visiting faculty at North Central College, she had the opportunity to teach smaller sections of introductory psychology and to develop her pedagogical skills.

In addition to teaching introductory psychology, Tracy teaches personality psychology, social psychology, the psychology of gender, and research methods and statistics. She has also taught seminars in social cognition and the psychology of romantic relationships. She is the faculty advisor for Dominican University’s Psychology Club and its chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology.

Tracy has published articles on a variety of topics including how stereotypes are formed, how people with a repressive coping style process threat, and on how to best assess humor styles. She currently conducts research on the scholarship of teaching and learning, sex differences in the attractiveness of humor in romantic relationships, and on the accommodation of learning styles.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Psychology
2. Research Methods

Brain: Biological Foundations of Experience and Behavior
3. The Brain and the Nervous System
4. Nature, Nurture, and Their Interaction
5. Sensation and Perception

Mind: Psychological Systems of Thought, Emotion, and Motivation
6. Memory
7. Learning
8. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
9. Consciousness
10. Emotion, Stress, and Health
11. Motivation

Person:  The Individual in Social Context
12. Social Psychology
13. Personality
14. Development
15. Psychological Disorders I: Anxiety and Mood Disorders
16. Psychological Disorders II: Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders

Appendix A: Statistics
Appendix B: Chapter Summaries and Answers

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