Teach Yourself Psychology

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Overview

In this book, you will learn basic psychological concepts and processes from the perspective of your role in everyday life. Teach Yourself Psychology explores why humans are the way they are, how they came to be that way, and what they might do to change seemingly fundamental traits. You will learn to observe human behavior on many levels while exploring the psychology of teaching and learning; the various research methods psychologists use; psychology in the workplace; biological rhythms and their influence on psychology; and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071621014
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Dedication vi
1 What is psychology? 1
What do psychologists do? 3
Areas of psychology 6
About this book 8
2 Self and others 9
The first relationships 9
The self-concept 14
Cultural and social influences 19
3 Understanding other people 26
Co-operation and compliance 26
Understanding other people 28
Obedience 38
4 Emotions 44
Happiness and love 44
Fear and anger 51
Anxiety and stress 59
5 States of mind 64
Biological rhythms 64
Consciousness and the brain 67
Sleep and dreaming 81
6 Motivation 87
Physical and behavioural motives 87
Cognitive motives 90
Social motives 96
7 Cognition 107
Thinking 107
Perception 115
Memory 121
8 Genetics and evolution 130
Evolution 131
Human evolution 136
Animal learning 142
9 Learning and intelligence 151
Infant learning 151
Forms of learning 155
Intelligence 167
10 Childhood and adolescence 172
Childhood 172
Adolescence 181
11 Adulthood, retirement and ageing 187
Adulthood 187
Retirement 191
Ageing 195
12 Working life 202
Why do people work? 202
Human resource management 208
Organizational culture 214
13 Leisure 218
Watching television 219
Computer games 224
Sport psychology 231
14 Education and health 242
The psychology of teaching and learning 243
Counselling and therapy 255
Health psychology 258
15 Living in the world 262
Proxemics and privacy 263
Sources of environmental stress 269
Disasters and accidents 272
16 Developing psychological understanding 279
Conducting psychological research 281
Levels of explanation 287
Further reading 292
Index 293
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