Invitation to Psychology

Invitation to Psychology

3.71 (102 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$84.81

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


For undergraduate introductory courses in psychology. Through lively writing and stimulating examples, the text invites students to actively explore the field of psychology and the fundamentals of critical and scientific thinking. Invitation to Psychology presents the science of psychology according to six areas of the student's experience: Your Self, Your Body, Your Mind, Your Environment, Your Mental Health and Your Life. This unique organization engages students from the very beginning and gives them a framework for thinking about human behavior. Incorporating many of the active learning and critical thinking features from their best-selling comprehensive text -a balance of classic and contemporary research, and thorough integration of the psychology of women and men of all cultures-students will learn much to take with them.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 226.1 x 271.8 x 20.3mm | 1,270.07g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0131146246
  • 9780131146242

Table of contents

(NOTE: All chapters end with Psychology in the News, Revisited and Taking Psychology with You sections.) To the Instructor. To the Student. About the Authors. 1. What Is Psychology? The Science of Psychology. What Psychologists Do. Critical and Scientific Thinking in Psychology. Descriptive Studies: Establishing the Facts. Correlational Studies: Looking for Relationships. The Experiment: Hunting for Causes. Evaluating the Findings. I. YOUR SELF. 2. Theories of Personality. Psychodynamic Theories of Personality. The Modern Study of Personality. The Genetic Contribution. Environmental Influences on Personality. Cultural Influences on Personality. The Inner Experience. 3. Development over the Life Span. From Conception Through the First Year. Cognitive Development. Moral Development. Gender Development. Adolescence. Adulthood. Are Adults Prisoners of Childhood? II. YOUR MIND. 4. Neurons, Hormones, and the Brain. The Nervous System: A Basic Blueprint. Communication in the Nervous System. Mapping the Brain. A Tour Through the Brain. The Two Hemispheres of the Brain. Two Stubborn Issues in Brain Research. 5. Consciousness: Body Rhythms and Mental States. Biological Rhythms: The Tides of Experience. The Rhythms of Sleep. Exploring the Dream World. The Riddle of Hypnosis. Consciousness-Altering Drugs. 6. Sensation and Perception. Our Sensational Senses. Vision. Hearing. Other Senses. The Mystery of Pain. Perceptual Powers: Origins and Influences. Puzzles of Perception. III. YOUR MIND. 7. Thinking and Intelligence. Thought: Using What We Know. Reasoning Rationally. Barriers to Reasoning Rationally. Intelligence. The Origins of Intelligence. Animal Minds. 8. Memory. Reconstructing the Past. Memory and the Power of Suggestion. In Pursuit of Memory. The Three-Box Model of Memory. How We Remember. Why We Forget. Autobiographical Memories. IV. YOUR ENVIRONMENT. 9. Learning. Classical Conditioning. Classical Conditioning in Real Life. Operant Conditioning. Operant Conditioning in Real Life. Learning and the Mind. 10. Behavior in Social and Cultural Context. Roles and Rules. Social Influences on Beliefs. Individuals in Groups. Us Versus Them: Group Identity. Group Conflict and Prejudice. V. YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. 11. Psychological Disorders. Defining and Diagnosing Disorder. Anxiety Disorders. Mood Disorders. Personality Disorders. Drug Abuse and Addiction. Dissociative Identity Disorder. Schizophrenia. 12. Approaches to Treatment and Therapy. Biological Treatments for Mental Disorders. Kinds of Psychotherapy. Evaluating Psychotherapy. VI. YOUR LIFE.13. Emotion, Stress, and Health. The Nature of Emotion. Emotion and Culture. The Nature of Stress. Stress and Emotion. Emotions, Stress, and Health: How to Cope. 14. The Major Motives of Life: Love, Sex, Food, and Work. The Social Animal: Motives for Love. The Erotic Animal: Motives for Sex. The Hungry Animal: Motives to Eat. The Competent Animal: Motives to Achieve. Motives, Values and Well-Being.Appendix: Statistical Methods. Glossary. Bibliography. Credits. Author Index. Subject Index.
show more

Rating details

102 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 28% (29)
4 30% (31)
3 29% (30)
2 8% (8)
1 4% (4)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X