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A psychology text that you'll actually want to read! PSYCHOLOGY: A JOURNEY is guaranteed to spark your curiosity, insight, imagination, and interest. Using the proven SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Relate, and Review) active learning system to help you study smarter, Coon leads you to an understanding of major concepts as well as how psychology relates to the challenges of everyday life. Each chapter of this book takes you into a different realm of psychology, such as personality, abnormal behavior, memory, consciousness, and human development. Each realm is complex and fascinating, with many pathways, landmarks, and detours to discover. Take the journey and find yourself becoming actively involved with the material as you develop a basic understanding of psychology that will help you succeed in this course and enrich your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495095538
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Coon is a publishing phenomenon and one of the best-selling authors in the field of psychology. His innovative instructional methods and student-focused style make his works perennial favorites among instructors and students alike. To date, more than two million students have learned psychology with a Coon text as their guide. Coon graduated with a BA in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and earned his PhD in social psychology from the University of Arizona. He is also co-author, with John O. Mitterer, of PSYCHOLOGY: MODULES FOR ACTIVE LEARNING, ELEVENTH EDITION (Wadsworth, 2009) and PSYCHOLOGY: A JOURNEY, THIRD EDITION (Wadsworth, 2008).

John O. Mitterer holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from McMaster University. He has taught psychology at Brock University to more than 20,000 psychology students. Mitterer was the recipient of the 2003 Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award, a 2003 Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award, a 2004 3M Teaching Fellowship, and the 2005 Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Psychology: The Search for Understanding 1
Psychology--Spotlight on Behavior 2
A Brief History of Psychology--Psychology's Family Album 6
Psychology Today--Five Views of Behavior 11
Human Diversity--Appreciating Social and Cultural Differences 12
Psychologists--Guaranteed Not to Shrink 13
Scientific Research--How to Think Like a Psychologist 16
Naturalistic Observation--Psychology Steps Out! 19
Correlational Studies--In Search of the Perfect Relationship 20
The Psychology Experiment--Where Cause Meets Effect 22
Placebo Effects--Sugar Pills and Saltwater 24
The Clinical Method--Data by the Case 26
Survey Method--Here, Have a Sample 27
Summary--Science and Critical Thinking 28
Pseudo-psychologists--Palms, Planets, and Personality 29
Psychology in Action: Psychology in the News--Separating Fact from Fiction 33
Chapter in Review 36
Chapter 2 Brain and Behavior 40
Neurons--Building a "Biocomputer" 41
The Nervous System--Wired for Action 45
Research Methods--Charting the Brain's Inner Realms 48
The Cerebral Cortex--My, What a Big Brain You Have! 51
The Subcortex--At the Core of the (Brain) Matter 59
The Endocrine System--Hormones and Behavior 62
Chapter in Review 70
Chapler 3 Human Development 74
Heredity and Environment--The Nurture of Nature 75
The Newborn Baby--The Basic Model Comes with Options 81
Social Development--Baby, I'm Stuck on You 86
Maternal and Paternal Influences--Life with Mom and Dad 89
Language Development--Fast-Talking Babies 93
Cognitive Development--How Do Children Learn to Think? 96
The Story of a Lifetime--Rocky Road or Garden Path? 102
Chapter in Review 110
Chapler 4 Sensation and Perception 114
Sensory Systems--What You See Is What You Get 115
Vision--Catching Some Rays 116
Hearing--Good Vibrations 124
Smell and Taste--The Nose Knows When the Tongue Can't Tell 126
The Somesthetic Senses--Flying by the Seat of Your Pants 129
Adaptation, Attention, and Gating--Tuning In and Tuning Out 132
Perceptual Constancies--Taming an Unruly World 134
Perceptual Grouping--Getting It All Together 136
Depth Perception--What If the World Were Flat? 139
Perception and Objectivity--Believing Is Seeing 144
Extrasensory Perception--Do You Believe in Magic? 150
Chapter in Review 158
Chapler 5 States of Consciousness 162
States of Consciousness--The Many Faces of Awareness 163
Sleep--A Nice Place to Visit 163
Stages of Sleep--The Nightly Roller-Coaster Ride 166
Sleep Disturbances--Showing Nightly: Sleep Wars! 169
Dreams--A Separate Reality? 172
Hypnosis--Look into My Eyes 175
Meditation--The 20-Minute Vacation 178
Drug-Altered Consciousness--The High and Low of It 180
Uppers--Amphetamines, Cocaine, Caffeine, Nicotine 181
Downers--Sedatives, Tranquilizers, and Alcohol 187
Marijuana--What's in the Pot? 191
Chapter in Review 198
Chapler 6 Conditioning and Learning 202
What Is Learning--Does Practice Make Perfect? 203
Classical Conditioning--Does the Name Pavlov Ring a Bell? 204
Principles of Classical Conditioning--Teach Your Little Brother to Salivate 206
Classical Conditioning in Humans--An Emotional Topic 208
Operant Conditioning--Can Pigeons Play Ping-Pong? 210
Operant Reinforcers--What's Your Pleasure? 215
Partial Reinforcement--Las Vegas, A Human Skinner Box? 220
Stimulus Control--Red Light, Green Light 222
Punishment--Putting the Brakes on Behavior 224
Cognitive Learning--Beyond Conditioning 228
Modeling--Do as I Do, Not as I Say 229
Chapter in Review 237
Chapter 7 Memory 241
Stages of Memory--Do You Have a Mind Like a Steel Trap? Or a Sieve? 242
Short-Term Memory--Do You Know the Magic Number? 244
Long-Term Memory--Where the Past Lives 246
Measuring Memory--The Answer Is on the Tip of My Tongue 250
Exceptional Memory--Wizards of Recall 253
Forgetting--Why We, Uh, Let's See; Why We, Uh...Forget! 256
Memory Formation--Some "Shocking" Findings 263
Improving Memory--Keys to the Memory Bank 265
Chapter in Review 272
Chapter 8 Cognition, Intelligence, and Creativity 276
What Is Thinking?--It's All in Your Head! 277
Mental Imagery--Does a Frog Have Lips? 278
Concepts--I'm Positive, It's a Whatchamacallit 280
Language--Don't Leave Home without It 281
Problem Solving--Getting an Answer in Sight 286
Artificial Intelligence--I Compute, Therefore I Am 289
Human Intelligence--The IQ and You 291
Creative Thinking--Down Roads Less Traveled 301
Intuitive Thought--Mental Shortcut? Or Dangerous Detour? 304
Chapter in Review 311
Chapter 9 Motivation and Emotion 315
Motivation--Forces that Push and Pull 316
Hunger--Pardon Me, That's Just My Hypothalamus Growling 318
Primary Motives Revisited--Thirst, Sex, and Pain 324
Sexual Behavior--Mapping the Erogenous Zone 326
Stimulus Drives--Skydiving, Horror Movies, and the Fun Zone 329
Learned Motives--In Pursuit of Excellence 333
Motives in Perspective--A View from the Pyramid 335
Inside an Emotion--How Do You Feel? 338
Physiology and Emotion--Arousal, Sudden Death, and Lying 340
Expressing Emotions--Making Faces and Talking Bodies 343
Theories of Emotion--Several Ways to Fear a Bear 345
Chapter in Review 354
Chapter 10 Personality 358
The Psychology of Personality--Do You Have Personality? 359
The Trait Approach--Describe Yourself in 18,000 Words or Less 362
Psychoanalytic Theory--Id Came to Me in a Dream 368
Learning Theories of Personality--Habit I Seen You Before? 372
Androgyny--Are You Masculine, Feminine, or Androgynous? 376
Humanistic Theory--Peak Experiences and Personal Growth 378
Personality Theories--Overview and Comparison 382
Personality Assessment--Psychological Yardsticks 382
Projective Tests of Personality--Inkblots and Hidden Plots 387
Sudden Murderers--A Research Example 389
Chapter in Review 394
Chapter 11 Health, Stress, and Coping 398
Health Psychology--Here's to Your Good Health 399
STDs and Safer Sex--Risk and Responsibility 402
Health and Wellness--Job Number One 404
Stress--Thrill or Threat? 405
Frustration--Blind Alleys and Lead Balloons 408
Conflict--Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, Well, Maybe 410
Psychological Defense--Mental Karate? 412
Learned Helplessness--Is There Hope? 415
Stress and Health--Unmasking a Hidden Killer 418
Chapter in Review 432
Chapter 12 Psychological Disorders 436
Normality--What Is Normal? 437
Classifying Mental Disorders--Problems by the Book 439
Personality Disorders--Blueprints for Maladjustment 444
Anxiety-Based Disorders--When Anxiety Rules 446
Anxiety and Disorder--Four Pathways to Trouble 451
Psychotic Disorders--Life in the Shadow of Madness 453
Delusional Disorders--An Enemy Behind Every Tree 456
Schizophrenia--Shattered Reality 456
Mood Disorders--Peaks and Valleys 463
Mental Hospitalization--Treating Major Mental Disorders 466
Chapter in Review 472
Chapter 13 Therapies 476
Psychotherapy--Getting Better by the Hour 477
Origins of Therapy--Bored Skulls and Hysteria on the Couch 478
Psychoanalysis--Expedition into the Unconscious 479
Humanistic Therapies--Restoring Human Potential 481
Psychotherapy at a Distance--Psych Jockeys and Cybertherapy 483
Behavior Therapy--Healing by Learning 485
Operant Therapies--All the World Is a Skinner Box? 490
Cognitive Therapy--Think Positive! 492
Group Therapy--People Who Need People 494
Psychotherapy--An Overview 496
Medical Therapies--Psychiatric Care 499
Chapter in Review 510
Chapter 14 Social Behavior 514
Affiliation and Attraction--Come Together 515
Loving and Liking--Dating, Rating, Mating 518
Life in Groups--People, People, Everywhere 520
Social Influence--Follow the Leader 522
Obedience--Would You Electrocute a Stranger? 525
Compliance--A Foot in the Door 528
Attitudes--Doomsday for the Seekers 531
Attitude Change--Why the "Seekers" Went Public 533
Forced Attitude Change--Brainwashing and Cults 535
Prejudice--Attitudes that Injure 538
Intergroup Conflict--The Roots of Prejudice 539
Aggression--The World's Most Dangerous Animal 543
Prosocial Behavior--Helping Others 547
Chapter in Review 553
Appendix Statistics 1
Psychologist's Journal: Statistics from "Heads" to "Tails" 1
Descriptive Statistics 2
The Normal Curve 5
Inferential Statistics 6
Correlation 7
References 1
Glossary 1
Index of Names 1
Subject Index 1
Credits 1
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