Introducing Psychology Brain, Person, Group

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2010-11-17
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
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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. Offered in digital format or on-demand custom format. 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.

Author Biography

Stephen M. Kosslyn is formerly Chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University, as well as Associate Psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is now professor of psychology and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He received his B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in psychology. His research has focused primarily on the nature of visual mental imagery and visual communication, and he has published 9 books and over 300 papers on these topics. For ten years he was “head tutor” at Harvard, supervising graduate students who were teaching year-long introductory psychology courses using the levels-of-analysis approach. While actively engaged with writing and academic pursuits, Dr. Kosslyn is currently on the editorial boards of many professional journals. In his ample spare time, he takes French lessons and plays bass guitar.


Robin S. Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has taught psychology courses at Lesley University and Harvard University. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been certified in hypnosis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. She received her B.A. in psychology from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Rosenberg did her clinical internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, had a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Community Health Plan, and was on the staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Outpatient Services. Dr. Rosenberg specializes in treating people with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Rosenberg also writes and speaks about how superhero stories reveal psychological phenomena (she is series editor of the Oxford Superhero Series) and she can sometimes be found at comic book conventions. And when the opportunity arises, she also sings and plays guitar.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction to the Science of Psychology: History and Research Methods

Chapter 2: The Biology of Mind and Behavior: The Brain in Action

Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception: How the World Enters the Mind

Chapter 4: Learning: How Experience Changes Us

Chapter 5: Memory: Living With Yesterday

Chapter 6: Language, Thinking, and Intelligence: What Humans Do Best

Chapter 7: Emotion and Motivation: Feeling and Striving

Chapter 8: Personality: Vive La Difference!

Chapter 9: Psychology Over the Life Span: Growing Up, Growing Older, Growing Wiser

Chapter 10: Stress, Health, and Coping: Dealing With Life

Chapter 11: Psychological Disorders: More Than Everyday Problems

Chapter 12: Treatment: Healing Actions, Healing Words

Chapter 13: Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds

Appendices: Statistics/How to Think about Research Studies

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