Psychology: A Concise Introduction / Edition 2

Psychology: A Concise Introduction / Edition 2

by Richard A. Griggs
     
 

Psychology: A Concise Introduction explores the territory of the introductory psychology course while answering the growing need for a shorter, less expensive book. Award-winning teacher, Richard A. Griggs, draws on his own classroom experience and his extensive research on the introductory course in his careful choice of the core concepts in psychology.See more details below

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Psychology: A Concise Introduction explores the territory of the introductory psychology course while answering the growing need for a shorter, less expensive book. Award-winning teacher, Richard A. Griggs, draws on his own classroom experience and his extensive research on the introductory course in his careful choice of the core concepts in psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429200820
Publisher:
Worth Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
361
Product dimensions:
7.56(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.55(d)

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Table of Contents

1. The Science of Psychology
The Four Major Research Perspectives
Perspectives Emphasizing Internal Factors
Perspectives Emphasizing External Factors
Research Methods Used by Psychologists
Descriptive Methods
Correlational Studies
Experimental Research
How to Understand Research Results
Descriptive Statistics
Frequency Distributions

2. Neuroscience
The Neuron
The Structure of a Neuron
How Neurons Communicate
Neurotransmitters, Drugs, and Poisons
The Nervous System and The Endocrine System
The Central Nervous System
The Peripheral Nervous System
The Endocrine Glandular System
The Brain
Going up the Brain Stem
Processing in the Cerebral Cortex
Specializations of the Left and Right Hemispheres
Neuroscience of Motivation, Sleep, and Emotion
Biologically Based Motivation
Consciousness and Sleep
The Emotional Brain

3. Sensation and Perception
How the Physical World Relates to the Psychological World
The Detection Question
The Difference Question
The Scaling Question
How We See and How We Hear
How the Eye Works
How We See Color
How the Ear Works
How We Distinguish Pitch
How We Make Sense of What We See
Bottom-up Processing and Top-down Processing
Perceptual Organization and Perceptual Constancy
Depth Perception

4. Learning
Learning through Classical Conditioning
The Elements and Procedures of Classical Conditioning
General Learning Processes in Classical Conditioning
Learning through Operant Conditioning
Learning through Reinforcement and Punishment
General Learning Processes in Operant Conditioning
Partial Reinforcement Schedules in Operant Conditioning
Motivation, Behavior and Reinforcement
Biological and Cognitive Aspects of Learning
Biological Preparedness in Learning
Latent Learning and Observational Learning

5. Memory
Three-Stage Model of Memory
Sensory Memory
Short-Term Memory
Long-Term Memory
Encoding Information into Memory
How We Encode Information
How to Improve Encoding
Retrieving Information from Memory
How to Measure Retrieval
Why We Forget
The Re-constructive Nature of Retrieval

6. Thinking and Intelligence
Problem Solving
Blocks to Problem Solving
Solution Strategies
Thinking Under Uncertainty
Judging Probability
Hypothesis Testing
Intelligent Thinking
Intelligence Testing
Controversies about Intelligence

7. Developmental Psychology
Prenatal Development and Development through Infancy
Prenatal Development
How We Develop During Infancy
How We Think Throughout Our Lives
How We Learn Language
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
Vygotsky's Sociocultural Approach to Development
How Intelligence Changes in Adulthood
Moral Development and Social Development
Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Reasoning
Attachment and Parenting Styles
Erikson's Psychosocial Theory of Development

8. Personality Theories and Assessment
The Psychoanalytic Approach to Personality
Freudian Classical Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality
Neo-Freudian Theories of Personality
The Humanistic Approach and the Social-Cognitive Approach
to Personality
The Humanistic Approach to Personality
The Social-Cognitive Approach to Personality
Trait Theories of Personality and Personality Assessment
Trait Theories of Personality
Personality Assessment

9. Social Psychology
How Others Influence Our Behavior
Why We Conform
Why We Comply
Why We Obey
How Groups Influence Us
How We Think about Our Own and Others' Behavior
How We Make Attributions
How Our Behavior Affects Our Attitudes

10. Abnormal Psychology
The Diagnosis and Classification of Mental Disorders
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
The Perceptual Bias of Labeling
Three Major Categories of Mental Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders
Schizophrenic Disorders
The Treatment of Mental Disorders
Biomedical Therapies
Psychotherapies

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