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Psychology The Adaptive Mind

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ISBN-10: 0534605389

ISBN-13: 9780534605384

Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: James S. Nairne

List price: $157.95
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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: $157.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 736
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 5.082
Language: English

An Introduction to Psychology
Previewing the Conceptual Problems
Defining and Describing Psychology
Tracking Psychological Thought: A Brief History
Setting Directions in Modern Psychology
Solving the Conceptual Problems
The Tactics of Psychological Research
Previewing the Conceptual Problems
Observing Behavior: Descriptive Research
Predicting Behavior: Correlational Research
Explaining Behavior: Experimental Research
The Ethics of Research: Human and Animal Guidelines
Solving the Conceptual Problems
Biological Processes
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Communicating Internally: Connecting World and Brain
Initiating Behavior: A Division of Labor
Regulating Growth and Internal Functions: Extended Communication
Adapting and Transmitting the Genetic Code
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Human Development
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Developing Physically
Developing Intellectually
Developing Socially and Personally
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Sensation and Perception
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Vision: Building a World of Color and form
Hearing: Identifying and Localizing Sounds
The Skin and Body Senses: from Movement to Touch
The Chemical Senses: Smell and Taste
From the Physical to the Psychological
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Consciousness
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Setting Priorities for Mental Functioning: Attention
Sleeping and Dreaming
Altering Awareness: Psychoactive Drugs
Altering Awareness: Induced States
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Learning From Experience
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Learning about Events: Noticing and Ignoring
Learning What Events Signal: Classical Conditioning
Learning About the Consequences of Behavior: Operant Conditioning
Learning From Others: Observational Learning
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Memory
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Remembering Over The Short Term
Storing Information for the Long Term
Recovering Information from Cues
Updating Memory
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Language and Thought
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Communicating with Others
Classifying and Categorizing
Solving Problems
Making Decisions
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Intelligence
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Conceptualizing Intelligence
Measuring Individual Differences
Discovering the Sources of Intelligence: The Nature-Nurture Issue
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Motivation and Emotion
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Activating Behavior
Meeting Biological Needs: Hunger and Eating
Meeting Biological Needs: Sexual Behavior
Expressing and Experiencing Emotion
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Personality
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Conceptualizing and Measuring Personality
Determining How Personality Develops
Resolving the Person--Situation Debate
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Social Psychology
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Interpreting the Behavior of Others: Social Cognition
Behaving in the Presence of Others: Social Influence
Establishing Relations with Others
Solving the Adaptive Problems
Psychological Disorders
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Conceptualizing Abnormality: What Is Abnormal Behavior?
Classifying Psychological Disorders: The Dsm-IV
Understanding Psychological Disorders: Biological, Cognitive, or Environmental?
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Therapy
Previewing the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Treating the Body: Biomedical Therapies
Treating the Mind: Insight Therapies
Treating the Environment: Behavioral Therapies
Evaluating and Choosing Psychotherapy
Solving the Conceptual and Practical Problems
Stress and Health
Previewing the Adaptive Problems
Experiencing Stress
Reacting to Prolonged Stress
Reducing and Coping with Stress
Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Solving the Adaptive Problems