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Basic Psychology

Basic Psychology - 05 edition

Basic Psychology - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780131505070

ISBN10: 0131505076

Basic Psychology by Charles Morris and Albert Maisto - ISBN 9780131505070
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Basic Psychology by Charles Morris and Albert Maisto - ISBN 9780131505070

ISBN13: 9780131505070

ISBN10: 0131505076

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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For courses in Introductory Psychology.

This two-color, brief paperback offers a "no-frills," lower-priced alternative for introductory psychology. Written by the respected Morris & Maisto author team, it is thoroughly grounded in current research and covers all of the basic concepts in this course. The text includes figures and illustrations to aid comprehension, but does not have many of the boxed features and other pedagogy typically found in introductory psychology books.


  • Chapter Outlines--Appear at the beginning of each chapter.
    • Provides students an overview of the topics to be covered in that chapter.
  • Key Terms--Defined within every chapter when they first appear.
    • Helps students see which terms are most important.
  • Anatomical illustrations--Include step-by-step captions.
    • Helps students understand complex illustrations and processes.
  • Summary Tables --In most chapters offer concise summaries of key concepts.
    • Helps students organize and review important material.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. The Science of Psychology.

What Is Psychology? The Growth of Psychology. Human Diversity. Research Methods in Psychology. Ethics and Psychology: Research on Humans and Animals. Careers in Psychology.

2. The Biological Basis of Behavior.

Neurons: The Messengers. The Central Nervous System. The Peripheral Nervous System. The Endocrine System. Genes, Evolution, and Behavior.

3. Sensation and Perception.

The Nature of Sensation. Vision. Hearing. The Other Senses.

4. States of Consciousness.

Conscious Experience. Sleep. Dreams. Drug-altered Consciousness. Meditation and Hypnosis.

5. Learning Classical Conditioning.

Operant Conditioning. Factors Shared by Classical and Operant Conditioning. Cognitive Learning.

6. Memory.

The Sensory Registers. Short-Term Memory. Long Term Memory. The Biology of Memory. Forgetting. Special Topics in Memory.

7. Cognition and Mental Abilities.

Building Blocks of Thought. Language, Thought, and Culture. Problem Solving. Decision Making. Intelligence and Mental Abilities. Heredity, Environment, and Intelligence. Creativity. Answers to Problems in the Chapter. Answers to Intelligence Test Questions.

8. Motivation and Emotion.

Perspectives on Motivation. Hunger and Thirst. Sex. Other Important Motives. Emotions. Communicating Emotion.

9. Life-Span Development.

Enduring Issues and Methods in Developmental Psychology. Prenatal Development. The Newborn. Infancy and Childhood. Adolescence. Adulthood. Late Adulthood.

10 Personality.

Psychodynamic Theories. Humanistic Personality Theories. Trait Theories. Cognitive-Social Learning Theories. Personality Assessment.

11. Stress and Health Psychology.

Sources of Stress. Coping with Stress. How Stress Affects Health. Sources of Extreme Stress. The Well-Adjusted Person.

12. Psychological Disorders.

Perspectives on Psychological Disorders. Mood Disorders. Anxiety Disorders. Psychosomatic and Somatoform Disorders. Dissociative Disorders. Sexual and Gender-Identity Disorders. Personality Disorders. Schizophrenic Disorders. Childhood Disorders. Gender and Cultural Differences in Abnormal Behavior.

13. Therapies.

Insight Therapies. Behavior Therapies. Cognitive Therapies. Group Therapies. Effectiveness of Psychotherapy. Biological Treatments. Caring for the Seriously Disturbed and Preventing Disorders. Client Diversity and Treatment.

14. Social Psychology.

Social Cognition. Attitudes. Social Influence. Social Action.