Fundamentals of Psychology : The Brain, the Person, the World

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This innovative, 13-chapter text examines psychological issues from the levels of the brain, person, and social world to help students actively apply psychology to their lives. Through their own research, clinical work, and experiences as teachers, Stephen Kosslyn and Robin Rosenberg have found that exploring psychology from multiple perspectives further enhances learning. Examining psychological concepts from the levels of the brain (biological factors), the person (beliefs, desires, and feelings), and the world (social, cultural, and environmental factors) and their interactions helps students organize and integrate topics within and across chapters and actively apply psychology to their lives This briefer version combines the introductory chapter with research methods, consciousness with stress/health coverage, and cognition with intelligence for three fewer chapters than the comprehensive Kosslyn/Rosenberg text. It also features end-of-chapter practice tests to aid students in mastering concepts.

Table of Contents

Using Psychology to Learn Psychology
Organization, Organization, Organization
Connections Across Topics
Learning Without Straining
Illustrations: Showing and Telling
In Sum...
The Science of Psychology: Yesterday and Today
Psychological Science: Getting to Know You
Psychology Then and Now
The Science of Psychology: Designed to Be Valid.
The Brain: The Psychological Organ
Brain Circuits: Making Connections
The Nervous System: An Orchestra with Many Members
Probing the Brain
Genes, Brain, and Environment: The Brain in the World.
Sensation and Perception: How the World Enters the Mind
Sensing and Selecting: Opening Up to the World
Sensing in Other Ways
Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Cognitive and Social Learning
Memory: Living with Yesterday
Memory: A Many-Splendored Thing
Encoding and Retrieving Information from Memory
Fact, Fiction, and Forgetting: When Memory Goes Wrong
Improving Memory: Tricks and Tools
Language, Thinking, and Intelligence
Language: More Than Meets the Ear
Foundations of Thought
Logic, Reasoning, and Decision Making
Is There More Than One Way to Be Smart? What Makes Us Smart: Nature and Nurture
Emotion and Motivation: Feeling and Striving
Emotion: I Feel, Therefore I Am
Motivation and Reward: Feeling Good
Hunger and Eating: Not Just About Fueling the Body
Sex: Not Just About Having Babies
Personality: Vive La Difference! What Is Personality? The Brain: The Personality Organ
The Person: Beliefs and Behaviors
The World: Social Influences on Personality
Psychology over the Lifespan: Growing Up, Growing Older, Growing Wiser
In the Beginning: From Conception to Birth
Infancy and Childhood: Taking Off
Adolescence: Between Two Worlds
Adulthood and Aging: The Continuously Changing Self
Stress, Health, and Coping
What Is Stress? Stress, Disease, and Health
Strategies for Coping
Psychological Disorders
Identifying Disorders: What's Abnormal? Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Other Axis I Disorders: Dissociative and Eating Disorders
A Cautionary Note About Diagnosis
Insight-Oriented Therapies
Behavior and Cognitive Therapy
Biomedical Therapies
Which Therapy Works Best?
Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds
Social Cognition: Thinking about People
Social Behavior: Interacting with People
A Final Word: Ethics and Social Psychology
How to Read, Critically Evaluate, and Write Research Papers
Name Index
Subject Index
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