Atkinson and Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology (with Lecture Notes and InfoTrac ) / Edition 14

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This smart and thorough text offers a fresh and up-to-date-view of the dynamic nature of contemporary psychology. The authors build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of psychology while featuring the most innovative and groundbreaking research of our day. The authors are active researchers whose work has charted new territory in the psychology landscape. Organized around a discussion of the significant achievements of psychological research, this compelling text excites students as they discover psychology from the perspective of pioneering researcher. Also featured are debates by leading authorities over hotly contested issues in contemporary psychology. With plenty of supportive pedagogy, experiments are explained in engaging detail, and the charts and figures add to an understanding of the results. This text offers an integrated biological orientation, a trend that is changing the way psychological topics are viewed, exemplified by the coverage of bio-evolutionary research. While maintaining this orientation, the pedagogical structure of the new edition has been improved in response to reviewer feedback. Additions include a more robust collection of Core Concepts (Key Terms) throughout all chapters, in-text definitions of Core Concepts, interim review summaries at the end of every major section, critical thinking questions which test students' understanding of the content, and Concept Review Tables which consolidate important subjects into one table. Other additions include engaging chapter opening paragraphs and thorough coverage of gender and cross-cultural differences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155050693
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/24/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward E. Smith earned his Ph.D. from University of Michigan where he now is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology. He has authored ten books and 150 research articles. His research focuses on semantic memory, working memory, and reasoning. For the past ten years he has been studying these topics using neuroimaging as well as behavioral techniques. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been awarded the highest research awards from both APA and APS. Earlier in his career, he taught the introductory psychology course at Stanford University, where he won an outstanding teaching award.

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Yale University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Pennsylvania. Nolen-Hoeksema's research focuses on women's greater rates of depression compared to men and on the effects of rumination in depression. In addition to her peer-reviewed journal articles, she has published 12 books, including scholarly books, textbooks and books for lay audiences. Nolen-Hoeksema has won three major teaching awards and several awards for her research, including the David Shakow Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), the Leadership Award from the Committee on Women of the APA, and a Research Career Award from the National Institute for Mental Health.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. is Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with appointments in Psychology and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business. She received her B.A. in psychology from Carleton College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Fredrickson's research centers on emotions, especially positive emotions and their links to health and well-being. She has shared her research findings with scientists and students of psychology through scores of peer-reviewed journal articles and also with a general audience through her book, Positivity (2009, Crown). Her research and teaching have been recognized with several honors and awards, including the American Psychological Association's Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology's Career Trajectory Award.

Geoff Loftus received his BA from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has been professor at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1973, as well as visiting professor at MIT. He served as editor of Memory & Cognition, associate editor of Cognitive Psychology, and editorial-board member of various other journals. He has authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles. His research concerns human perception and memory, as well as mathematics, statistics, scientific methodology, urban design, and video games. He has testified as an expert witness in approximately 250 civil and criminal legal cases.

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Table of Contents

1. THE NATURE OF PSYCHOLOGY. The Scope of Psychology. The Historical Origins of Psychology. Contemporary Psychological Perspectives. How Psychological Research Is Done. Cutting Edge Research: 21st Century Psychology. Seeing Both Sides: Are We Naturally Selfish? 2. BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY. Neurons, the Building Blocks of the Nervous System. The Organization of the Nervous System. The Endocrine System. Evolution, Genes and Behavior. Cutting Edge Research: Growing a New Brain. Seeing Both Sides: Is Aggressive Behavior Biologically or Environmentally Based? 3. PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT. Nature and Nurture. Stages of Development. Capacities of the Newborn. Cognitive Development in Childhood. Personality and Social Development. Adolescent Development. Cutting Edge Research: Massage Therapy for At-Risk Babies. Seeing Both Sides: How Instrumental Are Parents in the Development of Their Children? 4. SENSORY PROCESSES. Characteristics of Sensory Modalities. Vision. Hearing. Other Senses. Cutting Edge Research: Artificial Ears and Eyes. Seeing Both Sides: Should Opioids Be Used for Treating Chronic Pain? 5. PERCEPTION. What Is the Use of Perception? Attention. Localization. Recognition. Abstraction. Perceptual Constancies. The Neural Basis of Behavior: Division of Labor in the Brain. Perceptual Development. Cutting Edge Research: Distraction Via Virtual Reality Diminishes Severe Pain. Seeing Both Sides: Is Perceptual Development an Innate or Socially Acquired Process? 6. CONSCIOUSNESS. Aspects of Consciousness. Sleep and Dreams. Meditation. Hypnosis. Psychoactive Drugs. Psi Phenomena Cutting Edge Research: Finding the Gene for Smoking. Seeing Both Sides: Psi Phenomena. 7. LEARNING AND CONDITIONING. Perspectives on Learning. Classical Conditioning. Operant Conditioning. Complex Learning. The Neural Basis of Behavior: Learning and Conditioning. Cutting Edge Research: Building a Smarter Brain. Seeing Both Sides: Is a Predisposition to Phobias Primarily Innate, or Are Phobias a Conditioned Response? 8. MEMORY. Three Important Distinctions. Sensory Memory. Working Memory. Long-Term Memory. Implicit Memory. Constructive Memory. Improving Memory. Cutting Edge Research: An Herbal Remedy for Memory Loss? Seeing Both Sides: Are Repressed Memories Valid? 9. LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT. Language and Communication. The Development of Language. Concepts and Categorization: The Building Blocks of Thought. Reasoning. Imaginal Thought. Thought in Action: Problem Solving. Cutting Edge Research: Decision Making and the Brain. Seeing Both Sides: Does Language Direct Thought or Does Thought Direct Language? 10. MOTIVATION. Reward and Incentive Motivation. Homeostasis and Drives. Hunger. Gender and Sexuality. Cutting Edge Research: Imprinting. Seeing Both Sides: Is Sexual Orientation Innate of Socially Determined? 11. EMOTION. Components of Emotion. Cognitive Appraisal and Emotion. Subjective Experiences and Emotion. Bodily Changes and Emotion. Facial Expression and Emotion. Responses to Emotion: Emotion Regulation. Emotions, Gender, and Culture. Aggression. Cutting Edge Research: Benefits of Positive Emotions. Contemporary Voices in Psychology: How Has Nature Shaped Emotions? 12. INTELLIGENCE. Assessment of Intelligence. Contemporary Theories of Intelligence. Cutting Edge Research: Emotional Intelligence. Seeing Both Sides: Do Intelligence Tests Accurately Reflect Aptitude? 13. PERSONALITY. The Psychoanalytic Approach. The Behaviorist Approach. The Cognitive Approach. The Humanistic Approach. The Evolutionary Approach. Cutting Edge Research: Can You Change Your Personality with a Pill? Seeing Both Sides: Is Freud Still Alive? 14. STRESS, HEALTH AND COPING. Characteristics of Stressful Events. Psychological Reactions to Stress. Physiological Reactions to Stress. Psychological Factors and Stress Responses. Coping Skills. Managing Stress. Cutting Edge Research: Is Religion Good for Your Health? Seeing Both Sides: Are Optimistic Illusions Good for Your Health? 15. PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS. Defining Abnormality. Anxiety Disorders. Mood Disorders. Schizophrenia. Personality Disorders. Dissociative Identity Disorder. Insanity as a Legal Defense. Cutting Edge Research: The Biology of Suicide. Seeing Both Sides: Is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Overdiagnosed? 16. TREATMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS. Historical Background. Techniques of Psychotherapy. The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy. Biological Therapies. Effects of Culture and Gender on Therapy. Enhancing Mental Health. Cutting Edge Research: Herbal Treatments for Mental Disorders. Seeing Both Sides: Is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) an Effective Intervention for Alcohol Abuse? 17. SOCIAL INFLUENCE. The Presence of Others. Compliance and Obedience. Internalization. Group Interactions. Social Psychological Views of the Seemingly Inexplicable. Cutting Edge Research: Pluralistic Ignorance and College Drinking. Seeing Both Sides: Are the Effects of Affirmative Action Positive or Negative? 18. SOCIAL COGNITION. Impression Formation. Attitudes. Interpersonal Attraction. Recap: A Tale of Two Modes of Social Cognition. Cutting Edge Research: Culture and Cognition. Seeing Both Sides: Are the Origins of Gender Differences in Mate Selection Primarily Due to Evolution or Social Learning?

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