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The authors of this comprehensive, research-oriented text have rededicated themselves to exploring "the full range of psychology from cell to society, as free as possible from theoretical bias." The Sixth Edition emphasizes updates and improvements in applied psychology—such as new findings in organizational and forensic psychology; culture and human diversity; and behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology.

Written in a lively, contemporary style, Psychology offers a skillful balance of classic and contemporary topics. The extensive supplement package has been improved to provide complete learning and teaching solutions for instructors, students, and teaching assistants.

  • An improved technology package includes a student CD free with all new books; psychology quizzes powered by Eduspace; all-new, extensive PowerPoint slides available on an instructor CD or on the web; plus more depth and variety of student and instructor materials on the web site.
  • Try This icons appear in the margins to encourage active learning through figure and photo captions.
  • A Margin Glossary defines key terms to reinforce key concepts without interrupting the flow of reading or the text.
  • Eduspace is Houghton Mifflin's online learning tool. Powered by Blackboard, Eduspace is a customizable, powerful and interactive platform that provides instructors with text-specific online courses and content. The Bernstein et al. Psychology course features homework exercises for each chapter, PowerPoint presentation/lecture slides, NetLabs and Web tutorials as well as links to personal learning activities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618260614
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 7/12/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 718
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Bernstein is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he served for many years as director of the introductory psychology program. He is currently Courtesy professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, and a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Southampton. He is the lead author of Psychology, 6/e (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). He also chairs the program committee of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), and is the Founder of the American Psychological Society's preconference Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. In 2002 he received the American Psychological Foundation's award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology.

Lou Penner received his B.A. and M.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He then moved to East Lansing, Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1969. That same year he joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at the University of South Florida, where he still teaches. From 1986 to 1993, Penner was Chair of his Department and is currently Chair of his university's Institutional Review Board for social and behavioral research. Penner is currently a consulting editor for the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and a fellow of both the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the America Psychological Society. He is the current President-elect of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of theAmerican Psychological Association).

Alison Clarke-Stewart received her Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University in 1972. Dr. Clarke-Stewart is a developmental psychologist whose work focuses on child development. She has taught graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of child and infant development at the University of Chicago and the University of California and has written or contributed to five basic textbooks in child development. She is a professor in the department of psychology and social behavior and Associate Dean of Research at the School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine. Her most recent publications are What We Know About Child Care (Harvard Press) and 'Til Divorce Do Us Part (Yale Press).

Edward Roy is a professor in the department of psychology and the department of pathology (College of Medicine) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. in biological psychology at the University of Massachusetts and did postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University. His research has been in several areas of biological psychology, including hormones and behavior, psychopharmacology, and neuroimmunology.

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Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary. Chapters 2–18 include Linkages.

  • 1. Introducing Psychology
    The World of Psychology: An Overview
    Unity and Diversity in Psychology
    • 2. Research in Psychology
      Thinking Critically About Psychology (or Anything Else)
      Research Methods in Psychology
      Statistical Analysis of Research Results
      Ethical Guidelines for Psychologists
      • 3. Biological Aspects of Psychology
        The Nervous System
        The Peripheral Nervous System: Keeping in Touch with the World
        Central Nervous System: Making Sense of the World
        The Chemistry of Psychology
        The Endocrine System: Coordinating the Internal World
        The Immune System: Defending the Body
        • 4. Sensation
          Sensory Systems
          The Problem of Coding
          The Chemical Senses: Smell and Taste
          Somatic Senses and the Vestibular System
          • 5. Perception
            The Perception Paradox
            Three Approaches to Perception
            Organizing the Perceptual World
            Recognizing the Perceptual World
            Applications of Research on Perception
            • 6. Learning
              Learning About Stimuli
              Classical Conditioning: Learning Signals and Associations
              Instrumental and Operant Conditioning: Learning the Consequences of Behavior
              Cognitive Processes in Learning
              Using Research on Learning to Help People Learn
              • 7. Memory
                The Nature of Memory
                Storing New Memories
                Retrieving Memories
                Biological Bases of Memory
                Applications of Memory Research
                • 8. Cognition and Language
                  Basic Functions of Thought
                  Mental Representations: The Ingredients ofThought
                  Thinking Strategies
                  Problem Solving
                  Decision Making
                  • 9. Consciousness
                    Analyzing Consciousness
                    Sleeping and Dreaming
                    Psychoactive Drugs
                    • 10. Cognitive Abilities
                      Testing for Intelligence
                      Measuring the Quality of Tests
                      Evaluating IQ Tests
                      Understanding Intelligence
                      Diversity in Cognitive Abilities
                      • 11. Motivation and Emotion
                        Concepts and Theories of Motivation
                        Hunger and Eating
                        Sexual Behavior
                        Achievement Motivation
                        Relations and Conflicts Among Motives
                        The Nature of Emotion
                        Theories of Emotion
                        Communicating Emotion
                        • 12. Human Development
                          Exploring Human Development
                          Infancy and Childhood: Cognitive Development
                          Infancy and Childhood: Social and Emotional Development
                          • 13. Health, Stress, and Coping
                            Health Psychology
                            Stress and Stressors
                            Stress Responses
                            Stress Mediators: Interactions Between People and Stressors
                            The Physiology and Psychology of Health and Illness
                            Promoting Healthy Behavior
                            • 14. Personality
                              The Psychodynamic Approach
                              The Trait Approach
                              The Social-Cognitive Approach
                              The Humanistic Approach
                              Assessing Personality
                              • 15. Psychological Disorders
                                Defining Psychological Disorders
                                Explaining Psychological Disorders
                                Classifying Psychological Disorders
                                Anxiety Disorders
                                Somatoform Disorders
                                Dissociative Disorders
                                Mood Disorders
                                Personality Disorders
                                A Sampling of Other Psychological Disorders
                                Mental Illness and the Law
                                • 16. Treatment of Psychological Disorders
                                  Basic Features of Treatment
                                  Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
                                  Humanistic Psychotherapy
                                  Behavior Therapy
                                  Group, Family, and Couples Therapy
                                  Evaluating Psychotherapy
                                  Biological Treatments
                                  Community Psychology: From Treatment to Prevention
                                  • 17. Social Cognition
                                    Social Influences on the Self
                                    Social Perception
                                    Prejudice and Stereotypes
                                    Interpersonal Attraction
                                    • 18. Social Influence
                                      Social Influence
                                      Conformity and Compliance
                                      Altruism and Helping Behavior
                                      Cooperation, Competition, and Conflict
                                      Group Processes
                                      • Appendix: Behavioral Genetics
                                      • Appendix: Statistics in Psychological Research
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