Psychology Concepts and Applications

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
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PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 3rd Edition, uses a unique, proven learning system that makes it easier and more enjoyable for you to learn what you need to learn—and succeed in your psychology course. Author Jeff Nevid provides a broad view of psychology that includes history, major theories, research methods, and research findings as well as applications of contemporary research to the challenges you face in everyday life. The text's modular format organizes each chapter into manageable units that help you focus on one topic at a time within the context of a larger chapter structure. Concept signaling—a technique that highlights key concepts in the text margins—helps you extract the main points from the narrative. As you read, key concepts are reinforced through additional features, such as Concept Charts, Module Reviews, and Visual Overviews, which have proven to significantly improve students' retention of material and performance in class.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Psychology and Methods of Research
Foundations of Modern Psychology
Psychologists: Who They Are and What They Do
Research Methods in Psychology
Application: Becoming a Critical Thinker
Biological Foundations of Behavior
Neurons: The Body's Wiring
The Nervous System: Your Body's Information Superhighway
The Brain: Your Crowning Glory
Methods of Studying the Brain
The Divided Brain: Specialization of Function
The Endocrine System: The Body's Other Communication System
Genes and Behavior: A Case of Nature and Nurture
Application: Looking Under the Hood: Scanning the Human Brain
Sensation and Perception
Sensing Our World: Basic Concepts of Sensation
Vision: Seeing the Light
Hearing: The Music of Sound
Our Other Senses: Chemical, Skin, and Body Senses
Perceiving Our World: Principles of Perception
Application: The Psychology of Pain Management
States of Consciousness
Sleeping and Dreaming
Altering Consciousness Through Meditation and Hypnosis
Altering Consciousness Through Drugs
Application: Getting Your Z's
Classical Conditioning: Learning Through Association
Operant Conditioning: Learning Through Consequences
Cognitive Learning
Application: Putting Reinforcement into Practice
The Biology of Memory
Application: Powering Up Your Memory
Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
Application: Becoming a Creative Problem Solver
Motivation and Emotion
Motivation: The "Whys" of Behavior
Hunger and Eating
Application: Managing Anger: What Can You Do to Control Your Anger?
Child Development
Key Questions and Methods of Study
Prenatal Development: A Case of Nature and Nurture
Infant Development
Emotional and Social Development
Cognitive Development
Application: TV and Kids
Adolescence and Adulthood
Early and Middle Adulthood
Late Adulthood
Application: Living Longer, Healthier Lives
Gender and Sexuality
Gender Identity and Gender Roles
Sexual Response and Behavior
Sexual Dysfunctions
Application: Combating Rape and Sexual Harassment
Psychology and Health
Stress: What It Is and What It Does to the Body
Psychological Factors in Physical Illness, Application: Taking the Distress Out of Stress
The Psychodynamic Perspective
The Trait Perspective
The Social-Cognitive Perspective
The Humanistic Perspective
Personality Tests
Application: Building Self-Esteem
Psychological Disorders
What Is Abnormal Behavior?
Anxiety Disorders
Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders
Mood Disorders
Personality Disorders
Application: Suicide Prevention
Methods of Therapy
Pathways to the Present: A Brief History of Therapy
Types of Psychotherapy
Biomedical Therapies
Application: Getting Help
Social Psychology
Perceiving Others
Relating to Others
Group Influences on Individual Behavior
Application: Psychology Goes to Work
Sample Answers to Thinking Critically Questions
Statistics in Psychology
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