Essentials of Understanding Psychology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Copyright: 2004-08-11
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill College
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Students First. Essentials of Understanding Psychology is 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, Essentials of Understanding Psychology, Seventh Edition, draws students into the field and stimulates 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 Module
Psychologists at Work Module
A Science that Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future Module
Research in Psychology Module
Research Challenges: Exploring the Process
Neuroscience and Behavior Module
Neurons: The Basic Elements of Behavior Module
The Nervous System and the Endocrine System: Communicating Within the Body Module
The Brain
Sensation and Perception Module
Sensing the World Around Us Module
Vision: Shedding Light on the Eye Module
Hearing and Other Senses Module
Perceptual Organization: Constructing our View of the World
States of Consciousness Module
Sleep and Dreams Module
Hypnosis and Meditation Module
Drug Use: The Highs and Lows of Consciousness
Learning Module
Classical Conditioning Module
Operant Conditioning Module
Cognitive-Social Approaches to Learning
Memory Module
The Foundations of Memory Module
Recalling Long-Term Memories Module
Forgetting: When Memory Fails
Thinking, Language, and Intelligence Module
Thinking Module
Language Module
Motivation and Emotion Module
Explaining Motivation Module
Human Needs and Motivation: Eat, Drink, and Be Daring Module
Understanding Emotional Experiences
Development Module
Nature, Nurture, and Prenatal Development Module
Infancy and Childhood Module
Adolescence: Becoming an Adult Module
Personality Module
Psychodynamic Approaches to Personality Module
Trait, Learning, Biological, Evolutionary, and Humanistic Approaches to Personality Module
Assessing Personality: Determining What Makes Us Distinctive
Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being Module
Stress and Coping Module
Psychological Aspects of Illness and Well-Being Module
Promoting Health and Wellness
Psychological Disorders Module
Normal versus Abnormal: Making the Distinction Module
The Major Psychological Disorders Module
Psychological Disorders in Perspective
Treatment of Psychological Disorders Module
Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Approaches to Treatment Module
Psychotherapy: Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Group Approaches to Treatment Module
Biomedical Therapy: Biological Approaches to Treatment
Social Psychology Module
Attitudes and Social Cognition Module
Social Influence Module
Prejudice and Discrimination Module
Positive and Negative Social Behavior
References Credits
Name Index
Subject Index
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