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Essentials of Psychology - Text Only / Edition 2

Essentials of Psychology - Text Only / Edition 2

by Douglas Bernstein, Peggy W. Nash


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The Study Guide augments the Active Review study materials built into every chapter of the textbook. Introductory sections in the guide provide tips on developing critical thinking skills, studying Linkages, reading a text book and developing writing skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618122967
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: Older Edition

About the Author

Douglas A. Bernstein is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he served for many years as director of the introductory psychology program. He is currently affiliated as Courtesy Professor of Psychology at The University of South Florida, and a Visiting Professor of Psychology at The University of Southampton in the UK. Dr. Bernstein chairs the Program Committee of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), and is the Founder of the American Psychological Society's Preconference Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. In 2002 he received the American Psychological Foundation's award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology.

Peggy Nash is an award-winning community college professor at Broward Community College.

Table of Contents


Note: Each chapter concludes with "Active Review."

  • 1. Introduction to the Science of Psychology
    The World of Psychology: An Overview
    Approaches to the Science of Psychology
    Human Diversity and Psychology
    Thinking Critically About Psychology (or Anything Else)
    Research Methods in Psychology
    Statistical Analysis of Research Results
    Ethical Guidelines for Psychologists
  • 2. Biology and Behavior
    Cells of the Nervous System
    The Chemistry of Behavior: Neurotransmitters
    The Peripheral Nervous System: Keeping in Touch with the World
    The Central Nervous System: Making Sense of the World
    The Endocrine System: Coordinating the Internal World
  • 3. Sensation and Perception
    Sensing and Perceiving the World
    Sensory Systems
    The Chemical Senses: Taste and Smell
    Sensing Your Body
    Organizing the Perceptual World
    Recognizing the Perceptual World
  • 4. Consciousness
    The Scope of Consciousness
    Sleeping and Dreaming
    Psychoactive Drugs
  • 5. Learning
    Classical Conditioning: Learning Signals and Associations
    Instrumental and Operant Conditioning: Learning the Consequences of Behavior
    Cognitive Processes in Learning
    Using Research on Learning to Help People Learn
  • 6. Memory
    The Nature of Memory
    Storing New Memories
    Retrieving Memories
    Constructing Memories
    Biological Bases of Memory
    Improving Your Memory
  • 7. Thought, Language, and Intelligence
    Basic Functions of Thought
    Mental Representations: The Ingredients of Thought
    Thinking Strategies
    Decision Making
    Testing Intelligence
    Evaluating IQ Tests
    Diversity in Intelligence
  • 8. Motivation and Emotion
    Concepts and Theories of Motivation
    Hunger and Eating
    Sexual Behavior
    Achievement Motivation
    Relations and Conflicts Among Motives
    The Nature of Emotion
    Theories of Emotion
    Communicating Emotion
  • 9. Human Development
    Exploring Human Development
    Infancy and Childhood: Cognitive Development
    Infancy and Childhood: Social and Emotional Development
  • 10. Health, Stress, and Coping
    Health Psychology
    Understanding Stress and Stressors
    Stress Responses
    Stress Mediators
    The Physiology and Psychology of Health and Illness
    Promoting Healthy Behavior
  • 11. Personality
    The Psychodynamic Approach
    The Trait Approach
    The Social-Cognitive Approach
    The Humanistic Approach
    Assessing Personality
  • 12. Psychological Disorders
    Defining Psychological Disorders
    Explaining Psychological Disorders
    Classifying Psychological Disorders
    Anxiety Disorders
    Somatoform Disorders
    Dissociative Disorders
    Mood Disorders
    Personality Disorders
    A Sampling of Other Psychological Disorders
    Mental Illness and the Law
  • 13. Treatment of Psychological Disorders
    Basic Features of Treatment
    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    Humanistic Psychotherapy
    Behavior Therapy
    Group, Family, and Couples Therapy
    Evaluating Psychotherapy
    Biological Treatments
    Community Psychology
  • 14. Social Psychology
    Social Influences on the Self
    Social Perception
    Prejudice and Stereotypes
    Interpersonal Attraction
    Social Influence
    Altruism and Helping Behavior
    Group Processes
  • Appendix: Statistics in Psychological Research
  • Answer Key to Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Answer Key to In Review Chart Questions
  • References
  • Credits
  • Glossary/Index

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