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Chapters conclude with Apply It! and a Chapter Summary and Review.
1. Introduction to Psychology.
Psychology: An Introduction.
Descriptive Research Methods.
The Experimental Method: Searching for Causes.
Other Research Methods.
Participants in Psychological Research.
Exploring Psychology's Roots.
2. Biology and Behavior.
The Neurons and the Neurotransmitters.
The Central Nervous System.
The Cerebral Hemispheres.
Discovering the Brain's Mysteries.
Brain Damage: Causes and Consequences.
The Peripheral Nervous System.
The Endocrine System.
3. Sensation and Perception.
Sensation: The Sensory World.
Smell and Taste.
The Other Senses.
Perception: Ways of Perceiving.
Additional Influences on Perception.
Subliminal Persuasion and Extrasensory Perception.
4. States of Consciousness.
What Is Consciousness?
Circadian Rhythms: Our 24-Hour Highs and Lows.
Sleep: The Mysterious One-Third of Our Lives.
Altering Consciousness through Concentration and Suggestion.
Altered States of Consciousness and Pyschoactive Drugs.
Classical Conditioning: The Original View.
Classical Conditioning: The Contemporary View.
The Nature of Remembering and Forgetting.
Factors Influencing Retrieval.
Biology and Memory.
Improving Memory:Some Helpful Study Habits.
7. Cognition, Language, and Creativity.
Imagery and Concepts: Tools of Thinking.
Decision Making: Making Choices in Life.
Problem Solving: Beyond Decision Making.
The Nature of Intelligence.
The IQ Controversy: Brainy Dispute.
Creativity: Unique and Useful Productions.
8. Human Development.
Developmental Psychology: Basic Issues and Methodology.
Heredity and Prenatal Development.
Physical Development and Learning in Infancy.
Emotional Development in Infancy.
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.
Vygotsky's Sociocultural View of Cognitive Development.
Socialization of the Child.
Adolescence: Physical and Cognitive Development.
Adolescence: Moral and Social Development.
Erikson's Psychological Theory: Adolescence through Adulthood.
Early and Middle Adulthood.
9. Motivation and Emotion.
Introduction to Motivation.
Theories of Motivation.
Hunger: A Primary Drive.
The What and Why of Emotions.
The Expression of Emotion.
10. Personality Theory and Assessment.
Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis.
Learning Theories and Personality.
Humanistic Personality Theories.
Personality: Is It in the Genes?
11. Health and Stress.
Two Approaches to Health and Illness.
Theories of Stress.
Sources of Stress: The Common and the Extreme.
Coping with Stress.
Evaluating Life Stress: Major Life Changes, Hassles, and Uplifts.
Health and Disease.
Lifestyle and Health.
12. Psychological Disorders.
What Is Abnormal?
Anxiety Disorders: When Anxiety Is Extreme.
Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders.
Other Psychological Disorders.
Behavior Therapies: Unlearning the Old, Learning the New.
Cognitive Therapies: It's the Thought That Counts.
The Biological Therapies.
Therapies and Therapists: Many Choices.
14. Social Psychology.
Introduction to Social Psychology.
Conformity, Obedience, and Compliance.
Attitudes and Attitude Change.
Prejudice and Discrimination.
Prosocial Behavior: Behavior That Benefits Others.
Aggression: Intentionally Harming Others.
Appendix: Statistical Methods.
Answers to Study Guide Questions.
Posted February 16, 2012
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