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Table of Contents
1. The Science of Psychology
· What Is Psychology?
· Psychology’s Many Subfields
· Psychology Then and Now
· The Science of Psychology
2. Brain and Behavior
· Brain and Behavior Connections: An Introduction
· Activity Within the Brain
· The Brain and Its Parts
· The Nervous System and the Endocrine System
· How We Know All of This: Viewing the Brain
3. Sensation and Perception
· The Fundamentals of Sensation and Perception
· Smell and Taste
· Other Senses
· Psychoactive Drugs and Consciousness
· Other Altered States of Consciousness
· Defining Memory
· The Three Steps of Memory
· Types of Memory
· What Affects Memory?
· Memory Problems
· What Is Learning?
· Classical Conditioning
· Operant Conditioning
· Observational Learning
· Biological Influences on Learning
· Cognitive Influences on Learning
7. Cognition: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
8. Motivation and Emotion
· A Primary Motivation: Hunger and Eating
9. Development Across the Life Span
· Big Questions About Developmental Psychology
· Development Before Birth
· Infancy and Childhood
· Adolescent Development
10. Diversity in Psychology: Multiculturalism, Sexuality, and Gender
· Diversity Surrounds You
· Gender and Sexuality: Essential Examples of Diversity
11. Stress and Health
· Stress: What Is It and What Causes It?
· Stress and the Mind-Body Connection
· Stress and Culture
· Coping with Stress: Psychological Strategies and Social Strategies
· Coping with Stress: Physical Strategies and Medical Strategies
· What Is Personality?
· Psychodynamic Theory of Personality
· Humanistic Theory of Personality
· Behavioral and Social-Cognitive Theories of Personality
· Trait Theory of Personality
· Assessing Personality
13. Social Psychology
· Social Cognition: How We Think About Each Other
· Social Influence: How We Influence Each Other
· Social Relations: How We Relate to Each Other
· Prosocial Behavior: Helping Each Other
14. Psychological Disorders
· What’s Abnormal?
· What Causes Abnormality?
· The Diagnostic Manual: DSM
· Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
· Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
· Eating Disorders
· Disorders of Childhood
· Dissociative Disorders
· Personality Disorders
· History of Treatment of Psychological Disorders
· Psychotherapies for Individual Clients
· Psychotherapies for Groups and Families
· How Well Does Psychotherapy Work?
· The Importance of Culture in Psychotherapy
· Ethics in Psychotherapy
· Cybertherapy: Psychotherapy via Modern Technology
· Biomedical Therapies
Appendix A: An Introduction to Statistics in Psychological Research