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This classic book is built around the central theme of presenting psychology as a science and applying that science to our daily lives. Psychology and Life continues to provide a rigorous, research-based presentation that demonstrates that this research has immediate in daily life. For Intro Psychology students, or anyone with an interest in the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321035059
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: Study Guide
  • Edition number: 15

Table of Contents

1. The Science of Psychology in Your Life.
What Makes Psychology Unique?
Psychology in Your Life: Why Study Psychology.
What Psychologists Do.
Psychology in the 21st Century: The Future is Now.

2. Research Methods in Psychology.
The Context of Discovery.
The Context of Justification: Safeguards for Objectivity.
Psychological Measurements.
Ethical Issues in Human and Animal Research.
Becoming a Wiser Research Consumer.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Psychological Research and the Information Explosion.

3. The Biological Bases of Behavior.
Heredity and Behavior.
Biology and Behavior.
The Nervous System in Action.
Psychology in Your Life: How Do Life Experiences Affect Your Brain?

4. Sensation Sensory Knowledge of the World.
The Visual System.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Can Technology Restore Sight?
Your Other Senses.
Psychology in Your Life: Why is "Hot" Food Painful?

5. Perception.
Sensing, Organizing, Identifying, Recognizing.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Virtual Reality.
Attentional Processes.
Organizational Processes in Perception.
Psychology in Your Life: How Do You Catch a Fly Ball?
Identification and Recognition Processes.

6. Mind, Consciousness, and Alternate States.
The Contents of Consciousness.
The Functions of Consciousness.
Psychology in Your Life: When Do Children Acquire Consciousness?
Sleep and Dreams.
Psychology in the 21st Century: The 24/7 Lifestyle and Sleep.
Altered States of Consciousness.

7. Learning and Behavior Analysis
The Study of Learning.
Classical Conditioning: Learning Predictable Signals.
Operant Conditioning: Learning AboutConsequences.
Psychology in Your Life: Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?
Biology and Learning.
Cognitive Influences on Learning.

8. Memory
What is Memory?
Sensory Memory.
Short-term Memory and Working Memory.
Long-Term Memory: Encoding and Retrieval.
Psychology in Your Life: How Can Memory Research Help You Prepare for Exams?
Structures in Long-Term Memory.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Human Memory Searches and Web Searches.
Biological Aspects of Memory.

9. Cognitive Processes.
Studying Cognition.
Language Use.
Psychology in Your Life: Can Nonhuman Animals Learn Language?
Visual Cognition.
Problem Solving and Reasoning.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Expert Systems and Medicine.
Judging and Deciding.

10. Intelligence and Intelligence Testing.
What Is Assessment?
Intelligence Assessment.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Assessment on the World Wide Web.
Theories of Intelligence.
The Politics of Intelligence.
Assessment and Society.

11. Human Development Across the Life Span.
Studying and Explaining Development.
Physical Development Across the Life Span.
Cognitive Development Across the Life Span.
Acquiring Language.
Social Development Across the Life Span.
Psychology in Your Life: How Does Day Care Affect Children's Development.
Gender Development.
Moral Development.
Learning to Age Successfully.

12. Motivation.
Understanding Motivation.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Genes and Obesity.
Sexual Behaviors.
Motivation for Personal Achievement.
Psychology in Your Life: Can Psychology Help Find Me a Career?

13. Emotion, Stress, and Health Emotions.
Stress of Living.
Health Psychology.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Healthy People 2010
Psychology in Your Life: Does Your Personality Affect Your Health.

14. Understanding Human Personality.
Type and Train Personality Theories.
Psychology in Your Life: Why Are Some People Shy?
Psychodynamic Theories
Humanistic Theories
Social-Learning and Cognitive Theories.
Self Theories.
Psychology in the 21st Century: The Self on the Internet.
Comparing Personality Theories.
Assessing Personality.

15. Psychological Disorders.
The Nature of Psychological Disorders.
Classifying Psychological Disorders.
Psychology in Your Life: Is "Insanity" Really a Defense?
Major Types of Psychological Disorders.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Does "Internet Addiction" Exist?
Schizophrenic Disorders.
The Stigma of Mental Illness.

16. Therapies for Personal Change.
The Therapeutic Context.
Psychodynamic Therapies.
Psychology in Your Life: Are Lives Haunted by Repressed Memories?
Behavior Therapies.
Cognitive Therapies.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Therapy in the Age of Computers.
Existential-Humanistic Therapies.
Group Therapies.
Biomedical Therapies.
Does Therapy Work?

17. Social Processes and Relationships.
The Power of the Situation.
Psychology in Your Life: How Do Groups Affect Decision Making?
Constructing Social Reality.
Attitudes, Attitude Change, and Action.
Social Relationships.
Psychology in the 21st Century: Relationships and the Internet.

18. Social Psychology, Society, and Culture.
Altruism and Prosocial Behavior.
Psychology in the 21st Century: The World Grows Smaller.
The Psychology of Conflict and Peace.
Psychology in Your Life: Why Do People Join Cults?
A Personal Endnote.

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