Psychology : The Brain, The Person, The World

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In an accessible 15-chapter format, psychological principles are used as a pedagogical system to guide and enhance the learning process, reinforced by a unique teaching theme.

Stephen Kosslyn and Robin Rosenberg introduce the field of psychology by 1) exploring how psychological principles can be applied to enhance learning and 2) integrating the field of psychology by viewing it from various perspectives (the brain, the person, the group). Offering a structured pedagogical system based on psychological research about how we best learn and remember information, students will "use psychology to learn psychology." The unique student introduction, "Using Psychology to Learn Psychology" introduces this system and serves as a roadmap for active learning.

Through their own research and clinical work, as well as their experiences as teachers, Kosslyn and Rosenberg have found that exploring psychology from multiple perspectives further enhances learning. Examining psychological issues from the levels of the brain (physiological mechanisms), the person (beliefs, desires, and feelings) and the group (the physical and social world) and their interactions, helps students organize and integrate topics within and across chapters, and actively apply psychology to their lives.
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  • Hardback | 724 pages
  • 220.98 x 276.86 x 33.02mm | 1,814.36g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 020527465X
  • 9780205274659

Table of contents

All chapters begin with a Chapter Outline and conclude with "A Deeper Level: Recap and Thought Questions."

Using Psychology to Learn Psychology.

Organization, Organization, Organization.

Connections across Topics.

Learning without Straining.

Showing and Telling.

In Sum ....

1. Psychology: Yesterday and Today.

Psychological Science: Getting to Know You.

Psychology Then and Now.

The Science of Psychology: Designed to Be Valid.

Ethics: Doing It Right.

2. The Brain: The Psychological Organ.

Brain Circuits: Making Connections.

Structure and Function: An Orchestra with Many Members.

Probing the Brain.

Genes, Brain, and Environment: The Brain in the World.

3. Sensation and Perception: How the World Enters the Mind.

Sensing and Selecting: Opening Up to the World.



Sensing in Other Ways.

4. Consciousness.

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.



Drugs and Alcohol.

5. Learning.

Classical Conditioning.

Operant Conditioning.

Cognitive and Social Learning.

6. Memory: Living with Yesterday.

Memory: A Many-Splendored Thing.

Encoding and Retrieving Information from Memory.

Fact, Fiction, and Forgetting: When Memory Goes Wrong.

Improving Memory: Tricks and Tools.

7. Language and Thinking.

Language: More Than Meets the Ear.

Means of Thought: Words, Images, and Concepts.

Problem Solving.

Logic, Reasoning, and Decision Making.

8. Types of Intelligence: What Does It Mean to Be Smart?

Is There More Than One Way to Be Smart?

What Makes Us Smart: Nature and Nurture.

Rare Intelligence.

Creative Forces.

9. Emotion and Motivation: Feeling and Striving.

Emotion: I Feel, Therefore I Am.

Motivation and Reward: Feeling Good.

Hunger and Eating: Not Just about Fueling the Body.

Sex: Not Just about Having Babies.

10. Personality: Vive La Difference!

What Is Personality?

The Brain: The Personality Organ.

The Person: Beliefs and Behaviors.

The World: Social Influences on Personality.

11. Psychology over the Lifespan: Growing Up, Growing Older, Growing Wiser.

In the Beginning: From Conception to Birth.

Infancy and Childhood: Taking Off.

Adolescence: Between Two Worlds.

Adulthood and Aging: The Continuously Changing Self.

12. Stress, Health, and Coping.

What Is Stress?

Stress, Disease, and Health.

Strategies for Coping.

13. Psychological Disorders.

Identifying Disorders: What's Abnormal?

Anxiety and Mood Disorders.


Other Axis I Disorders: Dissociative and Eating Disorders.

Personality Disorders.

A Cautionary Note about Diagnosis.

14. Treatment.

Insight-Oriented Therapies.

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

Other Forms of Therapy.

Which Therapy Works Best?

15. Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds.

Social Cognition: Thinking about People.

Social Behavior: Interacting with People.

A Final Word: Ethics and Social Psychology.

Appendix A: Statistics.

Appendix B: How to Read, Critically Evaluate, and Write Research Papers.
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