The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-12
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Why Things Go Right.The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View by Laura King (University of Missouri at Columbia) is the first text to bring a truly appreciative view of psychology-as a science and for exploring behavior-to introductory students. It is built around the idea that students must study the discipline of psychology as a whole, that the sub-disciplines are intricately connected, and that human behavior is best understood by exploring its functioning state in addition to its potential dysfunctions. For example, imagine that you have been asked to create a science of "watchology." You have two watches that both have had the unfortunate "trauma" of being left in the pocket of someone's jeans through the washer and dryer. One watch has suffered the worst possible fate-it no longer tells time. The other has emerged from the traumatic event still ticking. Which watch would you use to develop your new science of watchology? Clearly, the working watch will help you understand watches better than the broken one. What does watchology have to do with psychology? Quite simply, in psychology as in watchology, it makes sense to start with what works: to gain a general understanding of human behavior and then apply that knowledge to those who have emerged from life's experiences in dysfunction. What if... - you could recreate the 1-on-1 experience of working through difficult concepts in office hours with every one of your students without having to invest any office hour time to do so? - you could see at a glance how well each of your students (and sections) was performing in each segment of your course? - you had all of the assignments and resources for your course pre-organized by learning objective and with point-and-click flexibility? - every student had 24-7 access to a resource that would help them identify their weak areas and provide them with a personalized plan for improvement? At McGraw-Hill, we have been asking a lot of these questions and many more for some time now. We did not stop at simply asking questions either. We visited with faculty like you across the country and also observed you doing what you do to prepare and deliver your courses. We watched students as they worked through assignments and studied for exams. The result of these thousands of hours of research and development isConnect Psychology, the new learning management tool that bolsters student performance at the same time it makes instructors' lives easier and more efficient. This text is now available with Connect Psychology. To experienceConnect Psychologyfor yourself, please visit www.mcgrawhillconnect.com

Table of Contents

King Table Of Contents
What Is Psychology?
Defining Psychology The Roots and Early Scientific Approaches of Psychology Contemporary Approaches to Psychology Areas of Specialization and Careers in Psychology How to Get the Most out of Psychology Psychology, Health, and Wellness
Psychology’s Scientific Methods Psychology’s Methods Research Settings and Types of Research Analyzing and Interpreting Data The Challenges of Conducting and Evaluating Psychological Research The Scientific Method, Health, and Wellness
Can the Science of Happiness Work for You?
Biological Foundations of Behavior The Nervous System Neurons Structures of the Brain and Their Functions The Endocrine System Brain Damage, Plasticity, and Repair Genetic and Evolutionary Blueprints of Behavior Psychology’s Biological Foundations and Health and Wellness
Human Development Exploring Human Development Child Development Adolescence Adult Development and Aging Developmental Psychology, Health, and Wellness
Sensation and Perception How We Sense and Perceive the World The Visual System The Auditory System Other Senses Sensation, Perception, and Health and Wellness
States of Consciousness The Nature of Consciousness Sleep and Dreams HypnosisPsychoactive Drugs Consciousness, Health, and Wellness
Learning Types of Learning Classical Conditioning From Pavlov to Your Health
Classical Conditioning, Health, and Wellness Operant Conditioning Observational Learning Cognitive Factors in Learning Biological, Cultural, and Psychological Factors in Learning
Memory The Nature of Memory Encoding Retention: Storing Memory Retrieval
Taking Memory Out of Storage Forgetting Study Tips from the Science of Memory Memory, Health, and Wellness
Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology Thinking The Role of Concepts in Thinking Problem Solving Reasoning and Decision Making Thinking Critically and Creatively Expertise Intelligence Measuring Intelligence Types of Intelligence Genetic and Environmental Influences on Intelligence Extremes of Intelligence Language The Structure of Language Links Between Language and Cognition Biological and Environmental Influences on Language Early Development of Language Language and Education Thinking, Problem Solving, and Health and Wellness
Motivation and Emotion Approaches to Motivation Hunger Sexuality Beyond Hunger and Sex
A Positive Approach to Motivation Emotion Motivation, Emotion, and Health and Wellness
Personality Psychodynamic Perspectives Humanistic Perspectives Trait Perspectives The Life Story Approach Social Cognitive Perspectives Personality, Health, and Wellness
Social Psychology Social Cognition Social Influence Intergroup Relations Relationships Social Psychology, Heath, and Wellness
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Origins of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Industrial Psychology Organizational Psychology I/O Psychology, Health, and Wellness
Psychological Disorders Defining Abnormal Behavior Anxiety Disorders Mood Disorders Dissociative Disorders Schizophrenia Personality Disorders Psychological Disorders, Health, and Wellness
Therapies Biological Therapies Psychotherapy Sociocultural Approaches and Issues in Treatment The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy Therapies, Health, and Wellness CH
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