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Overview

Do you want your students to just take psychology or to experience psychology?

Experience Psychology is a first.

Its groundbreaking adaptive questioning diagnostic and personalized study plan help students “know what they know” while guiding them to experience and learn what they don’t know through engaging interactivities, exercises, and readings.

After all, to truly understand psychology and all its wonders, one must experience it firsthand. And, luckily, there are so many natural opportunities to do so.

Psychology is all around us—in our relationships, our homes, our communities, our schools, and our work. But linking everyday experiences to the academic discipline of Psychology is not always so easy. Laura King’s Experience Psychology was built to do just that.

Experience Psychology introduces function before dysfunction, building student awareness and understanding by looking first at typical, everyday behavior before delving into the less common—and likely less personally experienced—rare and abnormal.

Experience Psychology places the science of psychology and the research that helps students see the academic underpinnings at the forefront of the course and at the same time offers an abundance of applications that helps students connect the science of psychology to the world around them. At the same time, “Intersections” ensure students experience psychology as the interconnected discipline it is.

Experience Psychology helps students to perform to their maximum potential in and out of the classroom, fully engaging them in the content and experiences that comprise the world’s most popular undergraduate major.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073405476
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 551,565
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura King did her undergraduate work at Kenyon College, where, an English

major, she declared a second major, in psychology, during the second semester of her junior year. She

completed her A.B. in English with high honors and distinction and in psychology with distinction

in 1986. Laura then did graduate work at Michigan State University and the University of California,

Davis, receiving her Ph.D. in personality psychology in 1991.





Laura began her career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, moving to the University of

Missouri, Columbia, in 2001, where she is now a professor. In addition to seminars in the development

of character, social psychology, and personality psychology, she has taught undergraduate lecture

courses in introductory psychology, introduction to personality psychology, and social psychology. At

SMU, she received six different teaching awards, including the “M” award for “sustained excellence”

in 1999. At the University of Missouri, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research

and Creative Activity in 2004.





Her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes for Mental Health, has focused

on a variety of topics relevant to the question of what it is that makes for a good life. She has studied

goals, life stories, happiness, well-being, and meaning in life. In general, her work reflects an enduring

interest in studying what is good and healthy in people. In 2001, her research accomplishments were

recognized by a Templeton Prize in positive psychology. Laura’s research (often in collaboration

with undergraduate and graduate students) has been published in the Journal of Personality and

Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Cognition and Emotion, the Journal

of Personality, and other publications . A new paper on the place of regrets in maturity is forthcoming

in the American Psychologist.





Currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Personality, Laura has also served as

associate editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Personality and

Social Psychology, as well as on numerous grant panels. She has edited or co-edited special sections

of the Journal of Personality and the American Psychologist. In “real life,” Laura is an accomplished

cook and enjoys listening to music (mostly jazz vocalists and singer-songwriters), gardening, and

chasing Sam, her 3-year-old son.



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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 - The Science of Psychology



Defining Psychology and Exploring its Roots



Contemporary Approaches to Psychology

Psychology's Scientific Method



Types of Psychological Research



Research Samples and Settings



Conducting Ethical Research



Learning About Psychology Means Learning About You



CHAPTER 2 - The Brain and Behavior



The Nervous System



Neurons



Structures of the Brain and Their Functions



The Endocrine System



Brain Damage, Plasticity, and Repair



Genetics and Behavior



CHAPTER 3 - Sensation and Perception



How We Sense and Perceive the World



The Visual System



The Auditory System



Other Senses



CHAPTER 4 - States of Consciousness



The Nature of Consciousness



Sleep and Dreams



Psychoactive Drugs



Hypnosis



Meditation



CHAPTER 5 - Learning



Types of Learning



Classical Conditioning



Operant Conditioning



Observational Learning



Cognitive Factors in Learning



Biological, Cultural, and Psychological Factors in Learning



CHAPTER 6 - Memory



The Nature of Memory



Memory Encoding



Memory Storage



Memory Retrieval



Forgetting



Tips from the Science of Memory, for Studying and for Life



CHAPTER 7 - Thinking, Intelligence, and Language



The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology



Thinking



Intelligence



Language



CHAPTER 8 - Human Development



Exploring Human Development



Child Development



Adolescence



Emerging Adulthood, Adult Development, and Aging



CHAPTER 9 - Motivation



Theories of Motivation



Hunger and Sex



Beyond Hunger and Sex: Approaches to Motivation in Everyday Life



Emotion



Motivation and Emotion: The Pursuit of Happiness



CHAPTER 10 - Personality



Psychodynamic Perspectives



Humanistic Perspectives



Trait Perspectives



Personological and Life Story Perspectives



Social Cognitive Perspectives



Biological Perspectives



Personality Assessment



CHAPTER 11 - Social Psychology



Social Cognition



Social Behavior



Social Influence



Intergroup Relations



Close Relationships



CHAPTER 12 - Psychological Disorders



Defining and Explaining Abnormal Behavior



Anxiety Disorders



Mood Disorders



Eating Disorders



Dissociative Disorders



Schizophrenia



Personality Disorders



Combating Stigma



CHAPTER 13 - Therapies



Biological Therapies



Psychotherapy



Sociocultural Approaches and Issues in Treatment



The Effectiveness of Psycho therapy



CHAPTER 14 - Health Psychology



Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine



Making Positive Life Changes



Resources for Effective Life Change



Toward a Healthier Mind (and Body): Controlling Stress



Toward a Healthier Body (and Mind): Behaving as If Your Life Depends upon It



Psychology and Your Good Life

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