Psychology An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0155081144

ISBN-13: 9780155081147

Edition: 9th 2004 (Revised)

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Description: This value-priced paperback combines brevity, clarity, rigor and relevance to adeptly cover the core topics in psychology. Continuing with the character and spirit of previous editions, Don Baucum and Carolyn Smith join Jerome Kagan and Julius Segal to create a streamlined text with a free integrated study guide. The text follows a developmental theme, with an emphasis on diversity coverage and critical thinking. In many chapters, the developmental theme is highlighted by a Life Span Perspective feature that shows students the relevance of chapter topics to the development of a human life, and that helps them make connections between themes discussed in different chapters. Personal applications and real-life examples are included throughout the text to engage students in every key topic area.

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List price: $209.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.608
Language: English

Don Baucum is an Associate Professor and a member of the primary faculty of the Department of Psychology at UAB. His Ph.D. is in General Experimental Psychology, with extensive training in clinical psychology as well. He currently divides his professional time between teaching and writing. Courses include personality, social psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, psychology of learning, and various others--along with numerous offerings of introductory psychology. Writing efforts include two other textbooks as co-author, plus two general psychology surveys and assorted study materials as author. In his words, "Psychology is what I do, and I'll always enjoy doing it. But I also have that half-finished novel in the computer...."

To the Instructor
To the Student
The Authors
The Science and Practice of Psychology
The Scope of Psychology
The Varieties of Psychology and Psychologists
The Methods Psychologists Use
Conducting Good Experiments
Psychology's Rich History and Promising Future
Key Issues in Psychology: Yesterday and Today
Psychology's Ethical Standards
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Brain, Body, and Behavior
How the Brain Governs Behavior
How Neuroscientists Study the Brain and Mind
The Brain's Functions, I: Experiencing the World
The Brain's Functions, II: Overseeing Emotions and Survival
The Brain's Functions, III: Managing Thought and Memory
The Brain-Behavior Link
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Sensing and Perceiving
How Our Senses Function: Some General Principles
The Power of Vision
The Power of Hearing
Taste, Smell, Touch, and the Two Unnoticed Senses
Perception and Survival
Selection and Attention
Organizing Our Perceptions
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Conditioning and Learning
Classical Conditioning
Classical Conditioning Phenomena and Applications
Operant Conditioning
Operant Conditioning Phenomena and Applications
Cognitive Learning: A Contemporary View Rooted in the Past
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Remembering and Forgetting
The Range and Content of Human Memory
Why We Forget
Factors in Encoding and Storage
Linkages in Learning and Memory
Learning How to Learn and Remember
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Language and Thought
The Function and Structure of Language
The Challenge of Generating and Comprehending Language
How We Learn Language
Words and Concepts
Thinking and Problem Solving
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Intelligence and Its Assessment
What Is Intelligence?
Intelligence Tests
What Intelligence Tests Do and Do Not Tell Us
Heredity, Environment, and Intelligence
Psychological Testing--The Scientific Way
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Emotion and Motivation
Biological Underpinnings of Emotion
Mechanisms of Emotion
Motives That Originate in Physiological Needs
The Special Case of Sex and Sexuality
Motives That Are Primarily Psychological
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Personality and Its Assessment
What Is Personality?
Psychodynamic Views: Freud and Those Who Followed
Positive Growth: Humanistic Theories of Personality
Further Perspectives on Personality
Personality Assessment--and Its Limits
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Human Development: Conception Through Childhood
Life's Beginnings: From Conception to Birth
Newborn Infants: Similarities and Differences
The Early Development of Body and Mind
Personality Development: Birth to 18 Months
Learning Society's Rules: 18 Months Through 3 Years
Venturing into the World: Ages 4 and 5
Expanding Social Influences: Ages 6 to 10
Developmental Disorders
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Human Development: Adolescence, Adulthood, and Death
Adolescence: A Time of Transition
Adulthood: The Prime Time
Growing Old: Maintaining an Active, Productive Life
Coming to Terms with Life's End
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Stress, Coping, and Well-Being
Sources of Stress
Stress and Physical Health
Stress and Mental Health
Coping with Stress
Defense Mechanisms
Well-Being and Positive Psychology
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Mental and Behavioral Disorders
Abnormal Characteristics: Their Nature and Scope
Causes and Classification of Abnormal Behaviors
Schizophrenia
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Personality Disorders
Substance Abuse and Dependence
Other Disorders
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Psychotherapy and Other Treatment Approaches
Psychodynamic Therapy: Probing the Mind
Humanistic Therapy: Improving Personal Strengths
Behavior Therapy
Therapy in Groups
How Effective Is Psychotherapy?
Biological Therapies
Mental Health in the Community and Society
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Social Psychology
Social Cognition: Schemas and Attitudes
Attribution: Why Did You (or I) Do That?
Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
Group Dynamics
Interpersonal Behavior: Aggression and Prosocial Behavior
Interpersonal Attraction: What Draws Us Together
Epilogue
Summary
Test Yourself Answers
Study Guide
Statistics: Description and Inference
Descriptive Statistics
Probability, Normal Distribution, and Some Applications
Inferential Statistics: The Science of the Long Shot
Answers to Practice Tests
References
Photo Credits
Name Index
Subject Index
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