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An introduction to psychology doesn’t have to be science-challenged to be student-friendly. After all, what more powerful tool is there for captivating students than the real science behind what we know? Dan Schacter, Dan Gilbert and Dan Wegner’s skillful presentation centers on a smart selection of pioneering and cutting-edge experiments and examples. They effectively convey the remarkable achievements of psychology (with the right amount of critical judgment) to introduce the field’s fundamental ideas to students.
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1. Psychology: The Evolution of a Science
Psychology’s Roots: The Path to a Science of Mind
Psychology’s Ancestors: The Great Philosophers From the Brain to the Mind: The French Connection From Physiology to Psychology: A New Science Born in Germany Titchener Brings Structuralism to the United States James and the Functional Approach
The Real World: Improving Study Skills
Errors and Illusions Reveal Psychology
Illusions of Movement and the Birth of Gestalt Psychology Mental Disorders and Multiple Selves Freud and Psychoanalytic Theory Influence of Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Response Psychology in the 20th Century: Behaviorism Takes Centerstage
Watson and the Emergence of Behaviorism B. F. Skinner and the Development of Behaviorism
Beyond Behaviorism: Psychology Expands
The Emergence of Cognitive Psychology The Brain Meets the Mind: The Rise of Cognitive Neuroscience The Adaptive Mind: The Emergence of Evolutionary Psychology
Hot Science: New Connections
Beyond the Individual: Social and Cultural Perspectives
The Development of Social Psychology The Emergence of Cultural Psychology The Profession of Psychology: Past and Present Psychologists Band Together: The American Psychological Association What Psychologists Do: Research Careers
Where Do You Stand: The Perils of Procrastination
2. The Methods of Psychology Empiricism: How to Know Things
The Science of Observation: Saying What
The Real World: Taking a Chance
The Science of Explanation: Saying Why
Hot Science: Establishing Causality in the Brain
Drawing Conclusions The Ethics of Science: Saying Please and Thank You
Where Do You Stand? The Morality of Immoral Experiments
3. Neuroscience and Behavior Neurons: The Origin of Behavior
Components of the Neuron Major Types of Neurons
Hot Science: Mirror, Mirror, in My Brain
Electrical Signaling: Communicating Information within a Neuron
The Resting Potential: The Origin of the Neuron’s Electrical Properties The Action Potential: Sending Signals Over Long Distances
Chemical Signaling: Synaptic Transmission Between Neurons
Types of Neurotransmitters How Drugs Mimic Neurotransmitters
The Organization of the Nervous System
Divisions of the Nervous System Components of the Central Nervous System
Hot Science: Thought Control
Exploring the Brain
The Real World: Brain Plasticity and Sensations in Phantom Limbs
The Development and Evolution of Nervous Systems
Prenatal Development of the Central Nervous System Evolutionary Development of the Central Nervous System Genes and the Environment
Investigating the Brain
Learning About Brain Organization By Studying the Damaged Brain Listening to the Brain: Single Neurons and the EEG Brain Imaging: Watching the Brain in Action
Where Do You Stand? Brain Death
4. Sensation and Perception The Doorway to Psychology
Psychophysics Measuring Thresholds Signal Detection Sensory Adaptation The Real World: Multitasking
Vision: More than Meets the Eye
Sensing Light Perceiving Color The Visual Brain Recognizing Objects by Sight Perceiving Depth and Size Perceiving Motion
Audition: More than Meets the Ear
Sensing Sound The Human Ear Perceiving Pitch
Hot Science: Cochlear Implants
Localizing Sound Sources
The Body Senses: More than Skin Deep
Touch Pain Body Position, Movement, and Balance
The Chemical Senses: Adding Flavor
The Real World: Supertasters Where Do You Stand? Perception and Persuasion
5. Memory Encoding: Transforming Perceptions into Memories
Elaborative Encoding Visual Imagery Encoding Organizational Encoding
Storage: Maintaining Memories over Time
Sensory Storage Short-term Storage and Working Memory Long-term Storage Memories in the Brain
Hot Science: A Memory Drug?
Retrieval: Bringing Memories to Mind
Retrieval Cues: Reinstating the Past Separating the Components of Retrieval
Multiple Forms of Memory: How the Past Returns
Implicit Memory and Explicit Memory Semantic and Episodic Memory
Memory Failures: The Seven Sins of Memory
Transience Absentmindedness Blocking Memory Misattribution The Real World: Deadly Misattributions Suggestibility Bias Persistence Are the Seven Sins Vices or Virtues?
Where Do You Stand? The Mystery of Childhood Amnesia
6. Learning Defining Learning: Experience that Causes a Permanent Change
The Case of Habituation Learning and Behaviorism
Classical Conditioning: One Thing Leads to Another
Pavlov’s Experiments on Classical Conditioning The Basic Principles of Classical Conditioning
The Real World: Understanding Drug Overdoses
Conditioned Emotional Responses: The Case of Little Albert A Deeper Understanding of Classical Conditioning
Hot Science: ¡Que Rico!
Operant Conditioning: Reinforcements
From the Environment The Early Days: The Law of Effect Reinforcement, Punishment, and the Development of Operant Conditioning The Basic Principles of Operant Conditioning A Deeper Understanding of Operant Conditioning
Observational Learning: Look at Me
Learning Without Direct Experience Observational Learning in Humans Observational Learning in Animals
Implicit Learning: Going Underground
Ways to Study Implicit Learning
The Real World: Can You Sleep on It?
Implicit and Explicit Learning Use Distinct Neural Pathways
Where Do You Stand? Will Chuck E. Cheese Pay My College Tuition, Too?
7. Language and Thought Language and Communication: Nothing’s More Personal
The Complex Structure of Human Language Language Development Theories of Language Development The Neurological Specialization that Allows Language to Develop Can Other Species Learn Human Language?
Language and Thought: How Are They Related?
The Real World: Does Bilingualism Interfere with Cognitive Development?
Concepts and Categories: How We Think
The Organization of Concepts and Category Specific Deficits Psychological Theories of Concepts and Categories
Judging, Valuing, and Deciding: Sometimes We’re Logical, Sometimes Not
Decision Making: Rational, Optimal, and Otherwise Other Approaches to Human Decision Making
Hot Science: The Neuroscience of Risky Decision Making
Problem Solving: Working It Out
Means-Ends Analysis Analogical Problem Solving Creativity and Insight Transforming Information: How We Reach Conclusions
Where Do You Stand? The Need for Cognition
8. Consciousness Conscious and Unconscious: The Mind’s Eye, Open and Closed
The Mysteries of Consciousness The Nature of Consciousness The Unconscious Mind
Hot Science: How Smart Is the Unconscious Mind?
Sleep and Dreaming: Good Night, Mind
Sleep Dreams Hot Science: Dreaming and the Brain
Drugs and Consciousness: Artificial Inspiration
Drug Use and Abuse Types of Psychoactive Drugs The Real World: Drugs and the Regulation of Consciousness
Hypnosis: Open to Suggestion
Induction and Susceptibility Hypnotic Effects
Meditation and Religious Experiences:
Higher Consciousness Meditation Ecstatic Religious Experiences
Where Do You Stand? Between NORML and MADD: What Is Acceptable Drug Use?
9. Intelligence The Measurement of Intelligence: Highly Classified
The Intelligence Quotient The Logic of Intelligence Testing Consequential Behaviors
The Real World: Look Smart
The Nature of Intelligence: Pluribus or Unum?
General and Specific Abilities Middle-Level Abilities
The Origins of Intelligence: From SES to DNA
Intelligence and Genes Intelligence and Groups The Future of Intelligence: Wising Up Changing Intelligence
Hot Science: The Plot Thickens
Where Do You Stand? Making Kids Smart or Making Smart Kids?
10. Emotion and Motivation Emotional Experience: The Feeling Machine
What Is Emotion?
The Emotional Body The Emotional Brain The Regulation of Emotion Hot Science: The Pleasures of Uncertainty
Emotional Communication: Msgs w/o Wrds
Communicative Expression The Real World: That’s Gross!
Motivation: Getting Moved
The Function of Emotion The Conceptualization of Motivation Eating and Mating Kinds of Motivation
Where Do You Stand? Here Comes the Bride
11. Development Prenatality: A Womb with a View
Prenatal Development Prenatal Environment
Infancy and Childhood: Becoming a Person
Perceptual and Motor Development Cognitive Development
Hot Science: An Accountant in the Crib?
The Real World: The Truth about Daycare
Adolescence: Minding the Gap
The Protraction of Adolescence Sexuality Parents and Peers
Adulthood: The Short Happy Future
Changing Abilities Changing Orientations Changing Roles
Where Do You Stand? Licensing Parents
12. Personality Personality: What It Is and How It Is Measured
Describing and Explaining Personality Measuring Personality
The Trait Approach: Identifying Patterns of Behavior
Traits as Behavioral Dispositions and Motives The Search for Core Traits Traits as Biological Building Blocks
The Real World: Do Different Genders Lead to Different Personalities?
The Psychodynamic Approach: Forces that Lie Beneath Awareness
Unconscious Motives The Structure of the Mind: Id, Ego, and Superego Dealing with Inner Conflict Psychosexual Stages and the Development of Personality
The Humanistic-Existential Approach: Personality as Choice
Human Needs and Self-Actualization Conditions for Growth Personality as Existence
The Social Cognitive Approach: Personalities in Situations
Consistency of Personality Across Situations Personal Constructs Personal Goals and Expectancies
The Self: Personality in the Mirror
Hot Science: Implicit Egotism: Liking Ourselves
Without Knowing It
Where Do You Stand? Personality Testing for Fun and Profit
13. Psychological Disorders Identifying Psychological Disorders: What Is Abnormal?
Defining the Boundaries of Normality Classification of Psychological Disorders Classification and Causation Consequences of Labeling
The Real World: Cultural Variants of Abnormal Behavior
Anxiety Disorders: When Fears Take Over
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Phobic Disorders Panic Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Dissociative Disorders: Going to Pieces
Dissociative Identity Disorder Dissociative Amnesia and Dissociative Fugue
Mood Disorders: At the Mercy of Emotions
Depressive Disorders Bipolar Disorder
The Real World: Suicide Risk and Prevention
Schizophrenia: Losing the Grasp on Reality
Symptoms and Types of Schizophrenia Biological Factors Psychological Factors
Personality Disorders: Going to Extremes
Types of Personality Disorders Antisocial Personality Disorder
Hot Science: Positive Psychology: Exterminating the Mindbugs Where Do You Stand? Normal or Abnormal
14. Treatment of Psychological Disorders Treatment: Getting Help to Those Who Need It
Why People Need Treatment Why People Cannot or Will Not Seek Treatment Approaches to Treatment
The Real World: Types of Psychotherapists
The Psychological Therapies: Healing the Mind through Interaction
Psychodynamic Therapy Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Humanistic and Existential Therapies Groups in Therapy
The Real World: Tales from the Madhouse
Worst Case Scenarios in the History of Treatment
Medical and Biological Treatments: Healing the Mind through the Brain
Antipsychotic Medications Antianxiety Medications Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers Herbal and Natural Products Medications in Perspective Biological Treatments beyond Medication
Treatment Effectiveness: For Better or for Worse
Evaluating Treatments Which Treatments Work?
The Real World: Controversial Treatments—Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Where Do You Stand? Should Drugs Be Used to Prevent Traumatic Memories?
15. Stress and Health Sources of Stress: What Gets to You?
Stressful Events Chronic Stressors Perceived Control over Stressful Events
Stress Reactions: All Shook Up
Physical Reactions Hot Science: Why Sickness Feels Bad:
Psychological Effects of Immune Response Psychological Reactions
Stress Management: Dealing With It
Mind Management Body Management
The Real World: Rubbing the Right and Wrong Way: Massage and Therapeutic Touch
The Psychology of Illness: When It’s in Your Head
Sensitivity to Illness On Being a Patient
Hot Science: This Is Your Brain on Placebos
The Psychology of Health: Feeling Good
Personality and Health Health-Promoting Behaviors and Self-Regulation
Where Do You Stand? Consider Yourself Warned
16. Social Psychology Social Behavior: Interacting With People
Survival: The Struggle for Resources Reproduction: The Quest for Immortality
The Real World: An Affair to Remember Hot Science: Beautifully Average
Social Influence: Controlling People
The Hedonic Motive: The Power of Pleasure The Approval Motive: The Power of Social Acceptance The Accuracy Motive: The Power of Being Right
The Real World: This Just In
Social Cognition: Understanding People
Stereotyping: Drawing Inferences From Categories Attribution: Drawing Inferences From Actions
Where Do You Stand? Are You Prejudiced?