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  • Copyright: 2007-12-28
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The science makes it the book for you. An introduction to psychology doesn't have to be science-challenged to be student-friendly. After all, what more powerful tool is there for captivating students than the real science behind what we know? Dan Schacter, Dan Gilbert and Dan Wegner's skillful presentation centers on a smart selection of pioneering and cutting-edge experiments and examples. They effectively convey the remarkable achievements of psychology (with the right amount of critical judgment) to introduce the field's fundamental ideas to students. The writing makes it the book for your students. But it is not just the science that setsPsychologyapartits the way Schacter, Gilbert, and Wegner write about it. Each is a world-renowned researcher and accomplished classroom teacher. Each has written popular books that get to the heart of what fascinates people about psychology. Read any chapter ofPsychologyany pageand you'll see why. Bracing, easy to read, rich with captivating examples that make the ideas clear, concrete and relevant,Psychologycommunicates in a way that elevates and inspires students. It is anything but just another textbook.

Author Biography

Daniel Schacter is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Dan received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He subsequently developed a keen interest in amnesic disorders associated with various kinds of brain damage. He continued his research and education at the University of Toronto, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981. He taught on the faculty at Toronto for the next six years before joining the psychology department at the University of Arizona in 1987. In 1991, he joined the faculty at Harvard University. His research explores the relation between conscious and unconscious forms of memory and the nature of distortions and errors in remembering. Many of Schacter‘s studies are summarized in his 1996 book, Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, and The Past, and his 2001 book, The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers, both winners of the APA’s William James Book Award. Daniel Gilbert is Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. After attending the Community College of Denver and completing his B.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver, he went on to earn his Ph.D. from Princeton University. From 1985-1996, he taught on the faculty of the University of Texas, Austin during which time he received the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology. In 1996, he joined the faculty of Harvard University. Gilbert has won numerous awards including the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His research on "affective forecasting" is an attempt to understand how and how well people predict their emotional reactions to future events. He is the author of the national bestseller Stumbling on HappinessDaniel Wegner is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He received his B.S. in 1970 and Ph.D. in 1974, both from Michigan State University. He began his teaching career at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX before his appointments at the University of Virginia in 1990 and then Harvard University in 2000. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former Associate Editor of Psychological Review.  His research focuses on thought suppression and mental control, social memory in relationships and groups, and the experience of conscious will. His seminal work in thought suppression and consciousness served as the basis of two trade titles, White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts and The Illusion of Conscious Will, both of which were named Choice Outstanding Academic Books.

Table of Contents

Psychology: The Evolution of a Science
Psychology’s Roots: The Path to a Science of Mind
Psychology’s Ancestors: The Great Philosophers
From the Brain to the Mind: The French Connection
From Physiology to Psychology: A New Science Born in Germany Titchener Brings Structuralism to the United States James and the Functional Approach
The Real World: Improving Study Skills Errors and Illusions Reveal
Psychology Illusions of Movement and the Birth of Gestalt Psychology Mental Disorders and Multiple Selves Freud and Psychoanalytic
Theory Influence of Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Response
Psychology in the 20th Century: Behaviorism Takes Centerstage Watson and the Emergence of Behaviorism B. F. Skinner and the Development of Behaviorism
Beyond Behaviorism: Psychology Expands The Emergence of Cognitive Psychology
The Brain Meets the Mind: The Rise of Cognitive Neuroscience
The Adaptive Mind: The Emergence of Evolutionary
Psychology Hot Science: New Connections
Beyond the Individual: Social and Cultural Perspectives
The Development of Social Psychology
The Emergence of Cultural Psychology
The Profession of Psychology: Past and Present Psychologists
Band Together: The American Psychological Association
What Psychologists Do: Research Careers
Where Do You Stand: The Perils of Procrastination
The Methods of Psychology Empiricism: How to Know Things
The Science of Observation: Saying What Measurement Samples
The Real World: Taking a Chance Bias
The Science of Explanation: Saying Why Correlation Causation
Hot Science: Establishing Causality in the Brain Drawing Conclusions
The Ethics of Science: Saying Please and Thank You
Where Do You Stand? The Morality of Immoral Experiments
Neuroscience and Behavior Neurons: The Origin of Behavior
Components of the Neuron Major Types of Neurons Hot Science: Mirror, Mirror, in My Brain
Electrical Signaling: Communicating Information within a Neuron
The Resting Potential: The Origin of the Neuron’s Electrical Properties
The Action Potential: Sending Signals Over Long Distances
Chemical Signaling: Synaptic Transmission Between Neurons
Types of Neurotransmitters
How Drugs Mimic Neurotransmitters
The Organization of the Nervous System Divisions of the Nervous System
Components of the Central Nervous System
Hot Science: Thought Control Exploring the Brain
The Real World: Brain Plasticity and Sensations in Phantom Limbs
The Development and Evolution of Nervous Systems
Prenatal Development of the Central Nervous System
Evolutionary Development of the Central Nervous System
Genes and the Environment Investigating the Brain
Learning About Brain Organization
By Studying the Damaged Brain Listening to the Brain: Single Neurons and the EEG
Brain Imaging: Watching the Brain in Action
Where Do You Stand? Brain Death
Sensation and Perception
The Doorway to Psychology
Psychophysics Measuring Thresholds Signal Detection Sensory Adaptation
The Real World: Multitasking
Vision: More than Meets the Eye Sensing Light Perceiving Color
The Visual Brain Recognizing Objects by Sight Perceiving
Depth and Size Perceiving Motion Audition: More than Meets the Ear Sensing Sound
The Human Ear Perceiving Pitch Hot Science: Cochlear Implants Localizing Sound Sources
The Body Senses: More than Skin Deep Touch Pain
Body Position, Movement, and Balance
The Chemical Senses: Adding Flavor
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