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ISBN-13: 9780618260614
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date: 07/12/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 718
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.48(h) x 1.33(d)

About 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.

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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