This clear and lively introduction to psychology assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. Extensively revised and updated, this third edition describes psychology as it is taught at universitues. Examples are used throughout to illustrate fundamental ideas, with a self-assessment quiz focusing readers' minds on a number of intriguing psychological problems. The differences betwen psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis are explained, and the professions and careers associated with psychology are explored. Suggestions for further reading and useful internet sites are included.
This book provides a history and overview of psychology, starting with its roots in classical philosophy, surveying the various subsequent theories and approaches, and summarizing modern psychology as a diverse array of disciplines. Succeeding chapters deal with: Research methods; neurology, biology and behavior; sensation and perception; motivation and emotion; conditioning and learning; language and cognition; states of consciousness; developmental psychology; intelligence; and more. Helpful study questions are presented at the end of each chapter.
Over a century ago, psychologists who were fascinated with religion began to study and write about it. Theologians and religious practitioners have responded to this literature, producing a fascinating dialogue that deals with our fundamental und- standings about the human person and our place in the world. This book provides an introduction to the important conversations that have developed out of these interchanges. The dialogue between psychology and religion is difficult to study for a number of reasons. First, it requires knowledge of both psychology and religion. People with a background in psychology often lack a solid understanding of the religious traditions they wish to study, and ...
This is a title in the modular "Principles in Psychology Series", designed for A-level and other introductory courses, aiming to provide students embarking on psychology courses with the necessary background and context. One aspect of this is to consider contemporary psychology in the light of its historical development. Another aspect is to examine some of the major controversies which have dominated psychology over the centuries. Yet another aspect is to consider some of the major areas of psychology eg social, developmental, cognitive in terms of what they have to offer in the quest for an understanding of human behaviour.; The book also addresses key issues which need to be considered as psychology matures into a fully fledged experimental and scientific discipline. For example, how much do laboratory experiments tell us about how people behave in the real world? And how far is it ethically permissable for psychologists to go in their pursuit of knowledge?
Ellen Pastorino and Susann Doyle-Portillo are dedicated, award-winning psychology professors with an infectious enthusiasm for teaching psychology. Praised in previous editions for fostering students’ curiosity, WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? Third Edition, extends the authors’ successful and engaging approach to teaching the introductory psychology course. Pastorino and Doyle-Portillo have found that when students are curious they are motivated to explore and truly learn how psychological concepts are connected. This text unlocks students’ curiosity by capturing their interest and motivating them to make connections between memorable personal stories, applications to their own lives, and psychological concepts that they will use and retain in and out of the classroom. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Renowned for its exuberant writing style, intriguing real life examples and cutting-edge research, this best-selling text is back with additional coverage of social psychology, emphasis on the practical applications of the discipline to students' lives, and engaging new 'psychomythology' features which pit science against commonly held beliefs.
The 'Revise AS' study guides are written by examiners and contain in-depth course coverage of the key information plus hints, tips and guidance. End of unit sample questions and model answers provide essential practice to improve students exam technique.
Weiten's PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS, Ninth Edition, maintains this book's strengths while addressing market changes with new learning objectives, a complete updating, and a fresh new design. The text continues to provide a unique survey of psychology that meets three goals: to demonstrate the unity and diversity of psychology's subject matter, to illuminate the research process and its link to application, and to make the material challenging and thought-provoking yet easy to learn. Weiten accomplishes the successful balance of scientific rigor and a student-friendly approach through the integration of seven unifying themes, an unparalleled didactic art program, real-life examples, and a streamlined set of learning aids that help students see beyond research to big-picture concepts. Major topics typically covered in today's courses are included, such as evolutionary psychology, neuropsychology, biological psychology, positive psychology, applied psychology, careers, and multiculturalism and diversity. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Including more than 11,000 definitions, this authoritative and up-to-date dictionary covers all branches of psychology. Clear, concise descriptions for each entry offer extensive coverage of key areas including cognition, sensation and perception, emotion and motivation, learning and skills, language, mental disorder, and research methods. The range of entries extends to related disciplines including psychoanalysis, psychiatry, the neurosciences, and statistics. Entries are extensively cross-referenced for ease of use, and cover word origins and derivations as well as definitions. More than 100 illustrations complement the text. This fourth edition has incorporated a large number of signific...