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Essentials of Psychology : Concepts and Applications

Essentials of Psychology : Concepts and Applications - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618434091

Cover of Essentials of Psychology : Concepts and Applications 06 (ISBN 978-0618434091)
ISBN13: 978-0618434091
ISBN10: 0618434097
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2006
International: No

List price: $129.50

Essentials of Psychology : Concepts and Applications - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0618434091

Jeffrey S. Nevid

ISBN13: 978-0618434091
ISBN10: 0618434097
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The new brief introductory text by Nevid, Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications retains the hallmark features that have made its parent text, Nevid, Psychology: Concepts and Applications, unique in the market, while offering a more manageable, student-friendly format. This text is organized in a modular format that breaks down each chapter into smaller instructional units organized around a set of key concepts in a particular area of study. The modules helps busy students better organize their study efforts by allowing them to focus on one module at a time, rather than trying to tackle a whole chapter at once.

Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications provides a broad view of psychology that includes the history, methods of research, major theories, and research findings of the discipline as well as applications of the knowledge gained from contemporary research to the problems and challenges we face in today's world. Jeffrey Nevid has shaped an effective learning tool in this text by basing its contents on a comprehensive learning system derived from research on memory, learning, and textbook pedagogy. This learning model incorporates what Nevid has named the "Four Es"--Engaging Student Interest, Encoding Information, Elaborating Meaning, and Evaluating Progress--as key elements that organize the text's pedagogical features.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Psychology and Methods of Research

1.1 Foundations of Modern Psychology
1.2 Psychologists: Who They Are and What They Do
1.3 Research Methods in Psychology
1.4 Application: Becoming a Critical Thinker

2. Biological Foundations of Behavior

2.1 Neurons: The Body's Wiring
2.2 The Nervous System: Your Body's Information Superhighway
2.3 The Brain: Your Crowning Glory
2.4 Methods of Studying the Brain
2.5 The Divided Brain: Specialization of Function
2.6 The Endocrine System: The Body's Other Communication System
2.7 Genes and Behavior: A Case of Nature and Nurture
2.8 Application: Biofeedback Training: Learning by Listening to the Body

3. Sensation and Perception

3.1 Sensing Our World: Basic Concepts of Sensation
3.2 Vision: Seeing the Light
3.3 Hearing: The Music of Sound
3.4 Our Other Senses: Chemical, Skin, and Body Senses
3.5 Perceiving Our World: Principles of Perception
3.6 Application: Psychology and Pain Management

4. Consciousness

4.1 States of Consciousness
4.2 Sleeping and Dreaming
4.3 Altering Consciousness Through Meditation and Hypnosis
4.4 Altering Consciousness Through Drugs
4.5 Application: Getting Your Z's

5. Learning

5.1 Classical Conditioning: Learning Through Association
5.2 Operant Conditioning: Learning Through Consequences
5.3 Cognitive Learning
5.4 Application: Putting Reinforcement into Practice

6. Memory

6.1 Remembering
6.2 Forgetting
6.3 The Biology of Memory
6.4 Application: Powering Up Your Memory

7. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence

7.1 Thinking
7.2 Language
7.3 Intelligence
7.4 Application: Becoming a Creative Problem Solver

8. Motivation and Emotion

8.1 Motivation: The "Whys" of Behavior
8.2 Hunger and Eating
8.3 Sexual Motivation
8.4 Emotions
8.5 Application: Managing Anger

9. Human Development

9.1 Prenatal Development: A Case of Nature and Nurture
9.2 Infant Development
9.3 Years of Discovery: Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Development in Childhood
9.4 Adolescence
9.5 Early and Middle Adulthood
9.6 Late Adulthood
9.7 Application: Living Longer, Healthier Lives

10. Personality

10.1 The Psychodynamic Perspective
10.2 The Trait Perspective
10.3 The Social-Cognitive Perspective
10.4 The Humanistic Perspective
10.5 Personality Tests
10.6 Application: Building Self-Esteem

11. Psychological Disorders

11.1 What Is Abnormal Behavior?
11.2 Anxiety Disorders
11.3 Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders
11.4 Mood Disorders
11.5 Schizophrenia
11.6 Personality Disorders
11.7 Application: Suicide Prevention

12. Methods of Therapy

12.1 Types of Psychotherapy
12.2 Biomedical Therapies
12.3 Application: Getting Help

13. Psychology and Health

13.1 Stress: What It Is and What It Does to the Body
13.2 Psychological Factors in Physical Illness
13.3 Application: Taking the Distress Out of Stress

14. Social Psychology

14.1 Perceiving Others
14.2 Relating to Others
14.3 Group Influences on Individual Behavior
14.4 Application: Compliance: Doing What Others Want You to Do

Appendices

A. Sample Answers to Thinking Critically About Psychology Questions
B. Statistics Appendix

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