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Psychology The Adaptive Mind

ISBN-10: 0495031623

ISBN-13: 9780495031628

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: James S. Nairne

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To help students understand the value and usefulness of psychology in their daily lives, Nairne presents PSYCHOLOGY FOR A REASON. Rather than focusing exclusively on the content of psychology -- the "what" -- Nairne infuses each chapter with the "why," -- explaining how our thoughts and actions help us solve the problems we encounter every day. This unique approach allows students to understand the function and purpose of psychology and its topics first -- psychology is no longer presented as a bunch of abstract topics that need to be memorized. This approach promotes critical thinking; as students progress through each chapter, they become engaged as they see the connection between problems and their psychological solutions; they also begin to relate the material to what they already know from their own lives. This theme extends across chapters, offering students a consistent and effective learning framework.
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Binding: Looseleaf - sheets only 
Pages: 736
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.334
Language: English

An Introduction to Psychologyp. 2
Previewing the Conceptual Problemsp. 5
Defining and Describing Psychologyp. 6
Tracking Psychological Thought: A Brief Historyp. 11
Setting Directions in Modern Psychologyp. 20
Solving the Conceptual Problemsp. 26
The Tactics of Psychological Researchp. 30
Previewing the Conceptual Problemsp. 33
Observing Behavior: Descriptive Researchp. 34
Predicting Behavior: Correlational Researchp. 44
Explaining Behavior: Experimental Researchp. 48
The Ethics of Research: Human and Animal Guidelinesp. 55
Solving the Conceptual Problemsp. 59
Biological Processesp. 62
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 65
Communicating Internally: Connecting World and Brainp. 65
Initiating Behavior: A Division of Laborp. 75
Regulating Growth and Internal Functions: Extended Communicationp. 91
Adapting and Transmitting the Genetic Codep. 94
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 98
Human Developmentp. 102
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 104
Developing Physicallyp. 105
Developing Intellectuallyp. 114
Developing Socially and Personallyp. 130
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 145
Sensation and Perceptionp. 148
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 151
Vision: Building a World of Color and formp. 152
Hearing: Identifying and Localizing Soundsp. 175
The Skin and Body Senses: from Movement to Touchp. 180
The Chemical Senses: Smell and Tastep. 184
From the Physical to the Psychologicalp. 187
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 190
Consciousnessp. 194
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 197
Setting Priorities for Mental Functioning: Attentionp. 198
Sleeping and Dreamingp. 205
Altering Awareness: Psychoactive Drugsp. 217
Altering Awareness: Induced Statesp. 222
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 227
Learning From Experiencep. 230
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 232
Learning about Events: Noticing and Ignoringp. 233
Learning What Events Signal: Classical Conditioningp. 236
Learning About the Consequences of Behavior: Operant Conditioningp. 247
Learning From Others: Observational Learningp. 260
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 263
Memoryp. 266
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 269
Remembering Over The Short Termp. 269
Storing Information for the Long Termp. 278
Recovering Information from Cuesp. 286
Updating Memoryp. 292
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 299
Language and Thoughtp. 302
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 304
Communicating with Othersp. 306
Classifying and Categorizingp. 315
Solving Problemsp. 320
Making Decisionsp. 327
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 333
Intelligencep. 336
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 339
Conceptualizing Intelligencep. 339
Measuring Individual Differencesp. 347
Discovering the Sources of Intelligence: The Nature-Nurture Issuep. 358
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 367
Motivation and Emotionp. 370
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 372
Activating Behaviorp. 373
Meeting Biological Needs: Hunger and Eatingp. 380
Meeting Biological Needs: Sexual Behaviorp. 387
Expressing and Experiencing Emotionp. 393
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 405
Personalityp. 408
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 411
Conceptualizing and Measuring Personalityp. 411
Determining How Personality Developsp. 419
Resolving the Person--Situation Debatep. 433
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 438
Social Psychologyp. 442
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 445
Interpreting the Behavior of Others: Social Cognitionp. 446
Behaving in the Presence of Others: Social Influencep. 461
Establishing Relations with Othersp. 474
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 482
Psychological Disordersp. 486
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 489
Conceptualizing Abnormality: What Is Abnormal Behavior?p. 489
Classifying Psychological Disorders: The Dsm-IVp. 496
Understanding Psychological Disorders: Biological, Cognitive, or Environmental?p. 511
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 518
Therapyp. 522
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 524
Treating the Body: Biomedical Therapiesp. 525
Treating the Mind: Insight Therapiesp. 532
Treating the Environment: Behavioral Therapiesp. 542
Evaluating and Choosing Psychotherapyp. 547
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problemsp. 552
Stress and Healthp. 556
Previewing the Adaptive Problemsp. 558
Experiencing Stressp. 559
Reacting to Prolonged Stressp. 569
Reducing and Coping with Stressp. 575
Living a Healthy Lifestylep. 581
Solving the Adaptive Problemsp. 586
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