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Psychology An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0137354657
ISBN-13: 9780137354658
Edition: 8th
List price: $60.00
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Description: This best-selling, reader-friendly introduction to psychology as a science provides engaging coverage of traditional topics -- giving readers a firm grasp of the scope, vocabulary, and concepts of psychology. It treats psychology as a diverse  More...

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List price: $60.00
Edition: 8th
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 768
Size: 9.06" wide x 11.42" long
Weight: 4.136
Language: English

This best-selling, reader-friendly introduction to psychology as a science provides engaging coverage of traditional topics -- giving readers a firm grasp of the scope, vocabulary, and concepts of psychology. It treats psychology as a diverse discipline -- the way psychologists perceive it -- combining a concern for research, theory, gender, and cross-cultural issues with examples that are both familiar and applicable to readers. Provides full coverage of the core topics in psychology: biological basis of behavior; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning; memory; cognition and language; intelligence and mental abilities; life span development; motivation and emotion; personality; stress and health psychology; psychological disorders; therapies; social psychology. Contains a full chapter on Culture and Diversity and integrates the themes of diversity (e.g., gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation) throughout. Provides an Industrial/Organizational Psychology appendix that covers topics such as personnel selection, training, performance appraisal, leadership and motivation as well as human factors, cross-cultural issues, and human resource development. For anyone wanting a solid introduction to psychology and its contemporary applications.

The Science of Psychology
What is Psychology?
The Growth of Psychology
Human Diversity
Research Methods in Psychology
Careers in Psychology
The Biological Basis of Behavior
Neurons: The Messengers
The Peripheral Nervous System
Sensation and Perception
The Nature of Sensation
Vision
Hearing
The Other Senses
Perception
States of Consciousness
Conscious Experiences
Sleep
Dreams
Drug-altered Consciousness
Meditation and Hypnosis
Learning
Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Comparing Classical and Operant Conditioning
Cognitive Learning
Memory
The Sensory Registers
Short-Term Memory
Long-Term Memory
The Biology of Memory
Forgetting
Special Topics in Memory
Cognition and Language
The Building Blocks of Thought
Problem Solving
Decision Making
Language, Thought, and Culture
Nonhuman Thought and Language
Intelligence and Mental Abilities
Theories of Intelligence
Intelligence Tests
What Makes a Good Test? What Determines Intelligence
Mental Abilities and Human Diversity
Extremes of Intelligence
Creativity
Motivation and Emotion
Perceptions of Motivation
Hunger and Thirst
Sex
Other Motives
Emotions
Communication of Emotion
Gender, Culture, and Emotion
Life Span Development
Methods in Developmental Psychology
Prenatal Development
The Newborn Baby
Infancy and Childhood
Adolescence
Adulthood
Late Adulthood
Personality
Psychodynamic Theories
Humanistic Personality Theories
Trait Theories
Cognitive-Social Learning Theories
Personality Assessment
Stress and Health Psychology
Source of Stress
Coping with Stress
Stress and Health
Extreme Stress
The Well-Adjusted Person
Psychological Disorders
Perspectives on Psychological Disorders
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Psychosomatic and Somatoform Disorders
Dissociative Disorders
Sexual Disorders
Personality Disorders
Schizophrenic Disorders
Childhood Disorders
Gender and Cultural Differences in Psychological Disorders
Therapies
Insight Therapies
Behavior Therapies
Cognitive Therapies
Group Therapies
Effectiveness of Psychotherapy
Biological Treatments
Institutionalization and Its Alternatives
Gender and Cultural Differences in Treatments
Social Psychology
Social Cognition
Attitudes
Social Influence
Social Action
Measurement and Statistical Methods
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Glossary
Index

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