"Psychology: Concepts and Applications, International Edition", uses a unique, proven learning system that makes it easier and more enjoyable for you to learn what you need to learn - and succeed in your psychology course. Author Jeff Nevid provides a broad view of psychology that includes history, major theories, research methods, and research findings as well as applications of contemporary research to the challenges you face in everyday life. The text's modular format organizes each chapter into manageable units that help you focus on one topic at a time within the context of a larger chapter structure. Concept signaling - a technique that highlights key concepts in the text margins - helps you extract the main points from the narrative. As you read, key concepts are reinforced through additional features, such as Concept Charts, Module Reviews, and Visual Overviews, which have proven to significantly improve students' retention of material and performance in class. Nevid developed the effective teaching devices in this text based on a comprehensive system derived from his research on memory, learning, and textbook pedagogy.
The learning model incorporates four goals that Nevid refers to as the Four E's of Effective Learning: Engaging Student Interest, Encoding Information, Elaborating Meaning, and Evaluating Progress. Nevid also employs the proven Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review (SQ3R) study method to enhance learning and encourage you to take an active role in the learning process.
Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY AND METHODS OF RESEARCH. Foundations of Modern Psychology. Psychologists: Who They Are and What They Do. Research Methods in Psychology. Application: Becoming a Critical Thinker. 2. BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR. Neurons: The Body's Wiring. The Nervous System: Your Body's Information Superhighway. The Brain: Your Crowning Glory. Methods of Studying the Brain. The Divided Brain: Specialization of Function. The Endocrine System: The Body's Other Communication System. Genes and Behavior: A Case of Nature and Nurture. Application: Looking Under the Hood: Scanning the Human Brain. 3. SENSATION AND PERCEPTION. Sensing Our World: Basic Concepts of Sensation. Vision: Seeing the Light. Hearing: The Music of Sound. Our Other Senses: Chemical, Skin, and Body Senses. Perceiving Our World: Principles of Perception. Application: The Psychology of Pain Management. 4. CONSCIOUSNESS. States of Consciousness. Sleeping and Dreaming. Altering Consciousness Through Meditation and Hypnosis. Altering Consciousness Through Drugs. Application: Getting Your Z's. 5. LEARNING. Classical Conditioning: Learning Through Association. Operant Conditioning: Learning Through Consequences. Cognitive Learning. Application: Putting Reinforcement into Practice. 6. MEMORY. Remembering. Forgetting. The Biology of Memory. Application: Powering Up Your Memory. 7. THINKING, LANGUAGE, AND INTELLIGENCE. Thinking. Language. Intelligence. Application: Becoming a Creative Problem Solver. 8. MOTIVATION AND EMOTION. Motivation: The Whys of Behavior. Hunger and Eating. Emotions. Application: Managing Anger: What Can You Do to Control Your Anger? 9. CHILD DEVELOPMENT. Key Questions and Methods of Study. Prenatal Development: A Case of Nature and Nurture. Infant Development. Emotional and Social Development. Cognitive Development. Application: TV and Kids. 10. ADOLESCENCE AND ADULTHOOD. Adolescence. Early and Middle Adulthood. Late Adulthood. Application: Living Longer, Healthier Lives. 11. GENDER AND SEXUALITY. Gender Identity and Gender Roles. Sexual Response and Behavior. Sexual Dysfunctions. Application: Combating Rape and Sexual Harassment. 12. PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH. Stress: What It Is and What It Does to the Body. Psychological Factors in Physical Illness, Application: Taking the Distress Out of Stress. 13. PERSONALITY. The Psychodynamic Perspective. The Trait Perspective. The Social-Cognitive Perspective. The Humanistic Perspective. Personality Tests. Application: Building Self-Esteem. 14. PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS. What Is Abnormal Behavior? Anxiety Disorders. Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders. Mood Disorders. Schizophrenia. Personality Disorders. Application: Suicide Prevention. 15. METHODS OF THERAPY. Pathways to the Present: A Brief History of Therapy. Types of Psychotherapy. Biomedical Therapies. Application: Getting Help. 16. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Perceiving Others. Relating to Others. Group Influences on Individual Behavior. Application: Psychology Goes to Work. Appendix A: Sample Answers to Thinking Critically Questions. Appendix B: Statistics in Psychology.