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How would you like to see your students' performance jump by a letter grade or more?

The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View 2e provides a flexible solution for the intro psych course. King's appreciative perspective - treating psych as an integrated science that places function before dysfunction - with its groundbreaking adaptive diagnostic tool helps students know what they know while guiding them to master what they don't know.

Building upon the much-lauded and widely-adopted 1st edition, the 2nd edition of The Science of Psychology effectively provides a flexible solution for any Introductory Psychology course. Recognising that today&#39s students are different from the last generation as is the discipline of psychology, The Science of Psychology draws on thousands of hours of research into faculty and student behavior to provide course material students will actively engage with while allowing instructors to maximize the time they spend preparing and teaching the course. How has your course changed in the past 5-10 years?

From its adaptive questioning diagnostic tool and personalized study plan that gets students reading and studying more frequently, effectively and efficiently to the readable and lively prose that ensures students leave the course with an accurate and timely understanding of psychology as a science, The Science of Psychology is the right choice for today&#39s classes, whether they be traditional face-to-face, hybrid, or entirely online.

Regardless of their study habits, preparation, and approach to your course, each of your students will find that The Science of Psychology adapts to them individually and provides a road map for success. For your students that complete the assigned reading and study in measured doses, The Science of Psychology offers a narrative that presents psychology as a science that addresses function as well as dysfunction and where the various subfields are interconnected. Those students who tend to &#8220cram&#8221 before exams and/or seek the path of least resistance to their desired grade will be given an accurate assessment of how much or little they actually know prior to high stakes testing, and as a result, will spend more time reading and learning the assigned material than otherwise. How would fewer drops, failures, and withdrawals impact your course?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073532066
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 1,295,011
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura King did her undergraduate work at Kenyon College, where, an English

major, she declared a second major, in psychology, during the second semester of her junior year. She

completed her A.B. in English with high honors and distinction and in psychology with distinction

in 1986. Laura then did graduate work at Michigan State University and the University of California,

Davis, receiving her Ph.D. in personality psychology in 1991.

Laura began her career at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, moving to the University of

Missouri, Columbia, in 2001, where she is now a professor. In addition to seminars in the development

of character, social psychology, and personality psychology, she has taught undergraduate lecture

courses in introductory psychology, introduction to personality psychology, and social psychology. At

SMU, she received six different teaching awards, including the “M” award for “sustained excellence”

in 1999. At the University of Missouri, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research

and Creative Activity in 2004.

Her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes for Mental Health, has focused

on a variety of topics relevant to the question of what it is that makes for a good life. She has studied

goals, life stories, happiness, well-being, and meaning in life. In general, her work reflects an enduring

interest in studying what is good and healthy in people. In 2001, her research accomplishments were

recognized by a Templeton Prize in positive psychology. Laura’s research (often in collaboration

with undergraduate and graduate students) has been published in the Journal of Personality and

Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Cognition and Emotion, the Journal

of Personality, and other publications . A new paper on the place of regrets in maturity is forthcoming

in the American Psychologist.

Currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Personality, Laura has also served as

associate editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Personality and

Social Psychology, as well as on numerous grant panels. She has edited or co-edited special sections

of the Journal of Personality and the American Psychologist. In “real life,” Laura is an accomplished

cook and enjoys listening to music (mostly jazz vocalists and singer-songwriters), gardening, and

chasing Sam, her 3-year-old son.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 What Is Psychology? Defining Psychology

The Roots and Early Scientific Approaches of Psychology

Contemporary Approaches to Psychology

Areas of Specialization and Careers in Psychology

How to Get the Most out of Psychology

Psychology, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 2 Psychology’s Scientific Methods

Psychology’s Methods

Research Settings and Types of Research

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

The Challenges of Conducting and Evaluating Psychological Research

The Scientific Method, Health, and Wellness: Can the Science of Happiness Work for You?
CHAPTER 3 Biological Foundations of Behavior

The Nervous System


Structures of the Brain and Their Functions

The Endocrine System

Brain Damage, Plasticity, and Repair

Genetic and Evolutionary Blueprints of Behavior

Psychology’s Biological Foundations and Health and Wellness
CHAPTER 4 Human Development

Exploring Human Development

Child Development


Adult Development and Aging

Developmental Psychology, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 5 Sensation and Perception

How We Sense and Perceive the World

The Visual System

The Auditory System

Other Senses

Sensation, Perception, and Health and Wellness
CHAPTER 6 States of Consciousness

The Nature of Consciousness

Sleep and Dreams

Hypnosis Psychoactive Drugs

Consciousness, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 7 Learning

Types of Learning

Classical Conditioning

From Pavlov to Your Health: Classical Conditioning, Health, and Wellness

Operant Conditioning

Observational Learning

Cognitive Factors in Learning

Biological, Cultural, and Psychological Factors in Learning
CHAPTER 8 Memory

The Nature of Memory


Retention: Storing Memory

Retrieval: Taking Memory Out of Storage


Study Tips from the Science of Memory

Memory, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 9 Thinking, Language, and Intelligence

The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology


The Role of Concepts in Thinking

Problem Solving

Reasoning and Decision Making

Thinking Critically and Creatively



Measuring Intelligence

Types of Intelligence

Genetic and Environmental Influences on Intelligence

Extremes of Intelligence


The Structure of Language

Links Between Language and Cognition

Biological and Environmental Influences on Language

Early Development of Language

Language and Education

Thinking, Problem Solving, and Health and Wellness
CHAPTER 10 Motivation and Emotion

Approaches to Motivation



Beyond Hunger and Sex: A Positive Approach to Motivation


Motivation, Emotion, and Health and Wellness
CHAPTER 11 Personality

Psychodynamic Perspectives

Humanistic Perspectives

Trait Perspectives

The Life Story Approach

Social Cognitive Perspectives

Personality, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 12 Social Psychology

Social Cognition

Social Influence

Intergroup Relations


Social Psychology, Heath, and Wellness
CHAPTER 13 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Origins of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Industrial Psychology

Organizational Psychology

I/O Psychology, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 14 Psychological Disorders

Defining Abnormal Behavior

Anxiety Disorders

Mood Disorders

Dissociative Disorders


Personality Disorders

Psychological Disorders, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 15 Therapies

Biological Therapies


Sociocultural Approaches and Issues in Treatment

The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy

Therapies, Health, and Wellness
CHAPTER 16 Health Psychology

What You Already Know About Health Psychology

Making Positive Life Changes

Tools for Effective Change

Cultivating Good Habits

Controlling Stress

Becoming Physically Active

Eating Right

Quitting Smoking

Practicing Safe Sex

Integrating Psychology, Health, and Wellness
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