Science of Psychology An Appreciative View

ISBN-10: 007353188X
ISBN-13: 9780073531885
Edition: 2008
Authors: Laura A. King
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Description: Why Things Go Right.The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative Viewby Laura King (University of Missouri at Columbia) is the first text to bring a truly appreciative view of psychology—as a science and for exploring behavior—to introductory  More...

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List price: $200.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 11/12/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.994

Why Things Go Right.The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative Viewby Laura King (University of Missouri at Columbia) is the first text to bring a truly appreciative view of psychology—as a science and for exploring behavior—to introductory students. It is built around the idea that students must study the discipline of psychology as a whole, that the sub-disciplines are intricately connected, and that human behavior is best understood by exploring its functioning state in addition to its potential dysfunctions.For example, imagine that you have been asked to create a science of “watchology.” You have two watches that both have had the unfortunate “trauma” of being left in the pocket of someone’s jeans through the washer and dryer. One watch has suffered the worst possible fate—it no longer tells time. The other has emerged from the traumatic event still ticking. Which watch would you use to develop your new science of watchology? Clearly, the working watch will help you understand watches better than the broken one. What does watchology have to do with psychology? Quite simply, in psychology as in watchology, it makes sense to start with what works: to gain a general understanding of human behavior and then apply that knowledge to those who have emerged from life’s experiences in dysfunction.

Laura King did her undergraduate work at Kenyon College, where, an Englishmajor, she declared a second major, in psychology, during the second semester of her junior year. Shecompleted her A.B. in English with high honors and distinction and in psychology with distinctionin 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 ofMissouri, Columbia, in 2001, where she is now a professor. In addition to seminars in the developmentof character, social psychology, and personality psychology, she has taught undergraduate lecturecourses in introductory psychology, introduction to personality psychology, and social psychology. AtSMU, 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 Researchand Creative Activity in 2004. Her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes for Mental Health, has focusedon a variety of topics relevant to the question of what it is that makes for a good life. She has studiedgoals, life stories, happiness, well-being, and meaning in life. In general, her work reflects an enduringinterest in studying what is good and healthy in people. In 2001, her research accomplishments wererecognized by a Templeton Prize in positive psychology. Laura's research (often in collaborationwith undergraduate and graduate students) has been published in the Journal of Personality andSocial Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Cognition and Emotion, the Journalof Personality, and other publications . A new paper on the place of regrets in maturity is forthcomingin the American Psychologist. Currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research in Personality, Laura has also served asassociate editor of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Personality andSocial Psychology, as well as on numerous grant panels. She has edited or co-edited special sectionsof the Journal of Personality and the American Psychologist. In "real life," Laura is an accomplishedcook and enjoys listening to music (mostly jazz vocalists and singer-songwriters), gardening, andchasing Sam, her 3-year-old son.

King Table Of Contents
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
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?
Biological Foundations of Behavior The Nervous System Neurons 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
Human Development Exploring Human Development Child Development Adolescence Adult Development and Aging Developmental Psychology, Health, and Wellness
Sensation and Perception How We Sense and Perceive the World The Visual System The Auditory System Other Senses Sensation, Perception, and Health and Wellness
States of Consciousness The Nature of Consciousness Sleep and Dreams HypnosisPsychoactive Drugs Consciousness, Health, and Wellness
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
Memory The Nature of Memory Encoding Retention: Storing Memory Retrieval
Taking Memory Out of Storage Forgetting Study Tips from the Science of Memory Memory, Health, and Wellness
Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology Thinking The Role of Concepts in Thinking Problem Solving Reasoning and Decision Making Thinking Critically and Creatively Expertise Intelligence Measuring Intelligence Types of Intelligence Genetic and Environmental Influences on Intelligence Extremes of Intelligence Language 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
Motivation and Emotion Approaches to Motivation Hunger Sexuality Beyond Hunger and Sex
A Positive Approach to Motivation Emotion Motivation, Emotion, and Health and Wellness
Personality Psychodynamic Perspectives Humanistic Perspectives Trait Perspectives The Life Story Approach Social Cognitive Perspectives Personality, Health, and Wellness
Social Psychology Social Cognition Social Influence Intergroup Relations Relationships Social Psychology, Heath, and Wellness
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Origins of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Industrial Psychology Organizational Psychology I/O Psychology, Health, and Wellness
Psychological Disorders Defining Abnormal Behavior Anxiety Disorders Mood Disorders Dissociative Disorders Schizophrenia Personality Disorders Psychological Disorders, Health, and Wellness
Therapies Biological Therapies Psychotherapy Sociocultural Approaches and Issues in Treatment The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy Therapies, Health, and Wellness CH

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