Understanding Psychology

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/8/2006
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Students First.Understanding Psychologyis written around the philosophy that an effective textbook must be oriented to students-informing them, engaging them, exciting them about the field, and expanding their intellectual capabilities-because when students understand psychology, they learn psychology. No matter what brings students into the introductory course and regardless of their initial motivation,Understanding Psychology, Eighth Edition, draws students into the field and stimulate their thinking. This revision integrates a variety of elements that foster students' understanding of psychology and its impact on their everyday lives. It also provides instructors with a fully integrated supplements package to objectively gauge their students' mastery of psychology's key principles and concepts and to create dynamic lectures.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Psychology
Psychologists at Work
A Science Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future
Psychology’s Key Issues and Controversies
Psychological Research
The Scientific Method
Conducting Psychological Research
Critical Research Issues
Mastering the Experimental Method: The Difference between Dependent and Independent Variables
Neuroscience and Behavior
Neurons: The Basic Elements of Behavior
The Nervous System and the Endocrine System: Communicating Within the Body
The Brain Mastering the Action Potential
Sensation and Perception
Sensing the World Around Us
Vision: Shedding Light on the Eye
Hearing and the Other Senses
Perceptual Organization: Constructing Our View of the World Mastering the Difference between Sensation and Perception
States of Consciousness
Sleep and Dreams
Hypnosis and Meditation
Drug Use: The Highs and Lows of Consciousness
Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Cognitive Approaches to Learning Mastering the Distinction between Reinforcement and Punishment
The Foundations of Memory
Recalling Long-Term Memories
Forgetting: When Memory Fails
Cognition and Language
Thinking and Reasoning
Problem Solving
What is Intelligence?
Variations in Intellectual Ability
Group Differences in Intelligence: Genetic and Environmental Determinants
Motivation and Emotion
Explaining Motivation
Human Needs and Motivation: Eat, Drink, and Be Daring
Understanding Emotional Experiences
Nonverbal Behavior and the Expression of Emotions
Sexuality and Gender
Gender and Sex
Understanding Human Sexual Response: The Facts of Life
The Diversity of Sexual Behavior
Sexual Difficulties: When Sex Goes Wrong
Nature and Nurture: The Enduring Developmental Issue
Prenatal Development: Conception to Birth
Infancy and Childhood
Adolescence: Becoming an Adult
Psychodynamic Approaches to Personality
Trait, Learning, Biological, Evolutionary, and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
Assessing Personality: Determining What Makes Us Distinctive
Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being
Stress and Coping
Psychological Aspects of Illness and Well-Being
Promoting Health and Wellness
Psychological Disorders
Normal Versus Abnormal: Making the Distinction
The Major Psychological Disorders
Psychological Disorders in Perspective
Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Approaches to Treatment
Psychotherapy: Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Group Approaches to Treatment
Biomedical Therapy: Biological Approaches to Treatment
Social Psychology
Attitudes and Social Cognition
Social Influence
Prejudice and Discrimination
Positive and Negative Social Behavior Mastering Attitude Change
Going by the Numbers: Statistics in Psychology
Descriptive Statistics
Measures of Variability
Using Statistics to Answer Questions: Inferential Statistics and Correlation
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