Explorations in Psychology

Explorations in Psychology

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This text presents both classical and contemporary research, covering pioneering work often overlooked in other texts at this level, such as Miller-Dollard's work on drive theory, Bartlett on memory, Wertheimer and Dunker on productive thinking, and Lewin and Heider on social psychology. It presents a study of basic processes such as perception and memory in natural contexts as well as in the laboratory. It demonstrates the interplay between a period of history and a psychologist's work, including film-making, World Wars, computers, civil and women's rights movements. A critical response is encouraged in students, stimulating them to think analytically, to anticipate controversies and possible new directions in psychology. The book is full of outlines, previews, and summaries which discuss and review major concepts. This book should be of interest to degree and diploma students on psychology and sociology courses.
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  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 170 x 220mm | 1,351g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • CA, United States
  • 0534067387
  • 9780534067380

Table of contents

Part I: Biology and consciousness. Biological basis of experience and behavior. Classical approaches to the senses and perception. Modern approaches to the study of seeing. Part II: Biological perspective on learning and motivation. Conditioning and the study of animal learning. Behavior and the problem of motivation. Body appetites and body skills. Part III: Human cognition. Cognition: information processing and problem solving. Memory and human learning. Development of cognition. Language and speaking. Part IV: The person in the social world. Social influence and perception. Human motivation in social situations. Clinical theories of motivation and personality. Infancy and childhood. Adolescence and adulthood. Part V: Towards understanding and helping individuals. IQ tests. Individual differences in intelligence and personality. Neurosis and psychotherapy. The search to understand psychosis. Emotions, the body and physical illness. Appendix.
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