Essentials Of Psychology

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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In a concise and accessible format that incorporates the latest research, ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGY, 5TH EDITION encourages you to learn by doing—to actively participate using materials from the text and to think about what you're learning as opposed to passively receiving written information. Effective learning features that help you master the material include Linkages that show how topics in psychology are interrelated, Thinking Critically sections that walk you through a five-question approach to one topic in each chapter, and Focus on Research sections that help you learn to think objectively about research questions and results.

Table of Contents

Introduction To The Science of Psychology
The World of Psychology: An Overview
Approaches to the Science of Psychology
Human Diversity and Psychology
Thinking Critically About Psychology (or Anything Else)
Research Methods in Psychology
Focus on Research: Studying EMDR
Linkages: Psychological Research and Behavioral Genetics
Statistical Analysis of Research Results
Ethical Guidelines for Psychologists
Biology and Behavior
Cells of the Nervous System
The Peripheral Nervous System: Keeping in Touch with the World
The Central Nervous System: Making Sense of the World
Thinking Critically: What Can fMRI Tell Us About Behavior and Mental Processes
Focus on Research: The Case of the Disembodied Woman
Linkages: Human Development and the Changing Brain
The Chemistry of Behavior: Neurotransmitters
The Endocrine System: Coordinating the Internal World
Sensation and Perception
Sensing and Perceiving the World
Sensory Systems
The Chemical Senses: Taste and Smell
Sensing Your Body
Thinking Critically: Does Acupuncture Relieve Pain
Organizing the Perceptual World
Recognizing the Perceptual World
Linkages: Perception and Human Development
Focus on Research: Attention and the Brain
The Scope of Consciousness
Thinking Critically: Can Subliminal Messages Change Your Behavior
Focus on Research: Subliminal Messages in Rock Music
Sleeping and Dreaming
Linkages: Meditation, Health, and Stress
Psychoactive Drugs
Classical Conditioning: Learning Signals and Associations
Instrumental and Operant Conditioning: Learning the Consequences of Behavior
Linkages: Networks of Learning
Cognitive Processes in Learning
Focus on Research: The "I Can't Do It" Attitude
Thinking Critically: Does Watching Violence on Television Make People More Violent
Using Research on Learning to Help People Learn
The Nature of Memory
Storing New Memories
Retrieving Memories
Constructing Memories
Focus on Research: I Could Swear I Heard It! Linkages: Memory and Perception in the Courtroom
Thinking Critically: Can Traumatic Memories Be Repressed, Then Recovered
Biological Bases of Memory
Improving Your Memory
Thought, Language, and Intelligence
Basic Functions of Thought
Mental Representations: The Ingredients of Thought
Thinking Strategies
Problem Solving
Focus on Research: Problem-Solving Strategies in the Real World
Decision Making
Linkages: Group Processes in Problem Solving and Decision Making
Testing Intelligence
Evaluating Intelligence Tests
Thinking Critically: Are Intelligence Tests Unfairly Biased Against Certain Groups
Diversity in Intelligence
Motivation and Emotion
Concepts and Theories of Motivation
Sexual Behavior
Focus on Research: Tell Me About Your Sex Life
Thinking Critically: What Shapes Sexual Orientation
Achievement Motivation
Relations and Conflicts Among Motives
Linkages: Conflicting Motives and Stress
The Nature of Emotions
Theories of Emotions
Communicating Emotions
Human Development
Exploring Human Development
Infancy and Childhood: Cognitive Development
Focus on Research: What Do Infants Know About Physics
Linkages: Development and Memory
Infancy and Childhood: Social and Emotional Development
Focus on Research: Exploring Developing Minds Thinking Critically: Does Day Care arm the Emotional Development of Infants
Health, Stress, and Coping
Health Psychology
Understanding Stress and Stressors
Stress Responses
Linkages: Stress and Psychological Disorders
Stress Mediators
Focus on Research: Personality and Health
The Physiology and Psychology of Health and Illness
Thinking Critically: Does Hostility Increase the Risk of Heart Disease
Promoting Healthy Behavior
The Psychodynamic Approach
The Trait Approach
Thinking Critically: Are Personality Traits Inherited
The Social-Cognitive Approach
The Humanistic Approach
Linkages: Personality, Culture, and Human Development
Focus on Research: Personality Development over Time
Assessing Personality
Psychological Disorders
Defining Psychological Disorders
Explaining Psychological Disorders
Classifying Psychological Disorders
Thinking Critically: Is Psychological Diagnosis Biased
Anxiety Disorders
Linkages: Anxiety Disorders and Learning
Somatoform Disorders
Dissociative Disorders
Affective Disorders
Personality Disorders
Focus on Research: Exploring Links Between Child Abuse and Antisocial Personality
A Sampling of Other Psychological Disorders
Mental Illness and the Law
Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Basic Features of Treatment
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Humanistic Psychotherapy
Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Group, Family, and Couples Therapy
Evaluating Psychotherapy
Thinking Critically: Are All Forms of Therapy Equally Effective
Focus on Research: Which Therapies Work Best for Which Problems
Biological Treatments
Linkages: Biology, Behavior, and the Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Community Psychology
Social Psychology
Social Influences on the Self
Focus on Research: Self-Esteem and the Ultimate Terror
Social Perception
Prejudice and Stereotypes
Interpersonal Attraction
Social Influence
Thinking Critically: Does Pornography Cause Aggression
Altruism and Assistance
Group Processes
Linkages: Biological and Social Psychology
Industrial And Organizational Psychology (Available upon request as custom pre-set)
An Overview of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Assessing People, Jobs, and Job Performance
Recruiting and Selecting Employees
Training Employees
Employee Motivation
Job Satisfaction
Thinking Critically: Is Job Satisfaction Genetic
Linkages: Aggression in the Workplace
Occupational Health Psychology
Work Groups and Work Teams
Focus on Research: Can People Learn to Be Charismatic Leaders
Neuropsychology (Available upon request as custom pre-set Foundations of Neuropsychology
Mechanisms of Brain Dysfunction Neuropsychological Disorders
Thinking Critically: Can Someone Be Partially Paralyzed and Not Know It
Focus on Research: Studying Hemineglect
Linkages: Language Disorders and the Brain
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