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Over 2 million students have learned psychology from Dennis Coon. Serving as a guide and mentor to students, Coon uses humor and everyday analogies to make abstract concepts concrete, such as "the cerebral cortex looks like a giant, wrinkled walnut." Using a consistent pedagogical structure, the author helps students learn psychology by using the tested principles of Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review. In addition, he helps them to master psychology with a fourth "R," Relate, which requires them to relate their new knowledge to their own experience, helping abstract ideas to become concrete. The book uses a "chunking" principle, asking students to read major sections, then review them, before they go on. As the new title of the book indicates, PSYCHOLOGY: A MODULAR APPROACH TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR (formerly called ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGY) is now modular, and is the medium-sized text in a three-book set authored by Dennis Coon. By separating the chapters into modules, this edition goes even further in "chunking" content for student mastery. This text covers the basic set of topics but differs by having two chapters on development, a separate chapter on "Gender and Sexuality" (Chapter 15), and a concluding chapter on "Applied Psychology" (Chapter 17). The book is frequently described as "fun" because it presents topics that are of interest and relevance to students, relates it to their lives, and provides many engaging applications that students can use in their own lives. For teachers who want a book that students will read, enjoy, and savor - Coon's text is the perfect choice.
Introduction: The Psychology of Studying. 1.INTRODUCING PSYCHOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS. Module 1.1 The Science of Psychology. Module 1.2 History and Major Perspectives. Module 1.3 Psychologists and their Specialties. Module 1.4 Research Methods, Naturalistic Observation and Correlation. Module 1.5 The Psychology Experiment. Module 1.6 Clinical and Survey Methods, Critical Thinking. 2. BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR. Module 2.1 Neurons, the Nervous System, and Brain Research. Module 2.2 Cerebral Cortex and Lobes of the Brain. Module 2.3 Subcortex and Endocrine System. 3. CHILD DEVELOPMENT. Module 3.1 Heredity and Environment. Module 3.2 The Neonate and Early Maturation. Module 3.3 Social Development. Module 3.4 Parental Influences. Module 3.5 Language Development. Module 3.6 Cognitive Development. 4. FROM BIRTH TO DEATH: LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT. Module 4.1 The Life Cycle. Module 4.2 Problems of Childhood. Module 4.3 Adolescence and Moral Development. Module 4.4 Adulthood and Aging. Module 4.5 Death and Dying. 5. SENSATION AND PERCEPTION. Module 5.1 Sensory Systems and Vision. Module 5.2 Hearing, Smell, and Taste. Module 5.3 Somesthetic Senses, Adaptation, Attention, and Gating. Module 5.4 Perceptual Constancies and Perceptual Organization. Module 5.5 Depth Perception. Module 5.6 Perception and Objectivity. Module 5.7 Extrasensory Perception. 6. STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Module 6.1 Altered States and Sleep. Module 6.2 Sleep Disturbances and Dreaming. Module 6.3 Hypnosis, Meditation, and Sensory Deprivation. Module 6.4 Psychoactive Drugs. 7. CONDITIONING AND LEARNING. Module 7.1 Learning and Classical Conditioning. Module 7.2 Operant Conditioning. Module 7.3 Partial Reinforcement and Stimulus Control. Module 7.4 Punishment. Module 7.5 Cognitive Learning and Imitation. 8. MEMORY. Module 8.1 Memory Systems. Module 8.2 Short Term Memory and Long Term Memory. Module 8.3 Measuring Memory and Exceptional Memory. Module 8.4 Forgetting. Module 8.5 Improving Memory. 9. COGNITION, INTELLIGENCE, AND CREATIVITY. Module 9.1 Imagery, Concepts, and Language. Module 9.2 Problem Solving and Artificial Intelligence. Module 9.3 Intelligence. Module 9.4 Creative Thinking and Intuition. 10. MOTIVATION AND EMOTION. Module 10.1 Overview of Motivation. Module 10.2 Hunger, Thirst, Pain, and Sex. Module 10.3 Arousal, Achievement, and Growth. Module 10.4 Emotion and Physiological Arousal. Module 10.5 Emotional Expression and Theories of Emotion. 11. PERSONALITY. Module 11.1 Overview of Personality, Trait Theories. Module 11.2 Psychoanalytic Theory. Module 11.3 Behavioral and Social Learning Theories. Module 11.4 Humanistic Theories. Module 11.5 Personality Assessment. 12. HEALTH, STRESS, AND COPING. Module 12.1 Health Psychology. Module 12.2 Stress, Frustration, and Conflict. Module 12.3 Defenses, Helplessness, and Depression. Module 12.4 Stress and Health. 13. PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS. Module 13.1 Normality, Psychopathology, and Personality Disorders. Module 13.2 Anxiety-Based Disorders. Module 13.3 Psychosis, Delusional Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Module 13.4 Mood Disorders. 14. THERAPIES. Module 14.1 Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Module 14.2 Insight Therapies. Module 14.3 Behavior Therapy. Module 14.4 Operant Therapies and Cognitive Therapies. Module 14.5 Group Therapies, Helping Skills, and Medical Therapies. 15. GENDER AND SEXUALITY. Module 15.1 Sex, Gender, and Androgyny. Module 15.2 Sexual Behavior and Sexual Orientation. Module 15.3 Sexual Response, Attitudes, and Behavior. 16. SOCIAL BEHAVIOR. Module 16.1 Affiliation, Friendship, and Love. Module 16.2 Groups, Social Influence, and Social Conformity. Module 16.3 Obedience and Compliance. Module 16.4 Attitudes and Persuasion. Module 16.5 Prejudice and Intergroup Conflict. Module 16.6 Aggression and Prosocial Behavior. 17. APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY. Module 17.1 Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Module 17.2 Environmental Psychology. Module 17.3 The Psychology of Law and Sports. Appendix: Statistics. Module A.1 Descriptive Statistics. Module A.2 Inferential Statistics. Module A.3 Correlation.