Scientific American: Psychology
Third EditionDeborah Licht; Misty Hull; Coco Ballantyne©2020
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Scientific American: Psychology 3e provides you with a general sense of what psychology is (and isn’t), why the discipline matters to all of us today and beyond, and how to get the most out of the field of psychology and apply it to your own life experience. What you take away from psychology will help you become a more successful student, professional, friend, partner, parent, brother, or sister—a better citizen of the world.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Psychology familiarizes students with the field of psychology using the harrowing story of a Thai soccer team that spent 17 days trapped in a flooded cave.
Chapter 2: Research Methods Introduces the fundamentals of research and statistics with the help of Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, identical twin sisters who were separated at birth and reunited at age 25.
Chapter 3: Biology and Behavior interweaves biological concepts with the story of Iraq War veteran Brandon Burns, who experienced a miraculous recovery from a brain injury, and Christina Santhouse, who has thrived despite having nearly half her brain surgically removed.
Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception examines the rich sensory experiences of Mandy Harvey, a singer and musician who is completely deaf.
Chapter 5: Consciousness shares the unique insights of anesthesiologist and neuroscientist Dr. Divya Chander, and follows Matt Utesch as he deals with the challenges of narcolepsy.
Chapter 6: Learning illustrates how learning principles relate to the life story of “The Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan.
Chapter 7: Memory tells the poignant tale of Clive Wearing, a man who has suffered profound and extensive memory loss as a result of a brain infection.
Chapter 8: Cognition, Language, and Intelligence explores the cognitive breakdown and incredible recovery of stroke survivor Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.
Chapter 9: Human Development profiles the extended family of Ericka Harley, a teenage mother who earned her college degree while raising her daughter.
Chapter 10: Motivation and Emotion details the journey of Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt, a triathlete and Paralympian runner who is completely blind, and explores the emotions of combat veteran Ibrahim Hashi.
Chapter 11: Sexuality and Gender shares the unique insights of sex therapist Dr. Stephanie Buehler, and explores the concept gender with the help of nurse Stephen Patten.
Chapter 12: Personality examines the personality development of intersex advocate Sean “Saifa” Wall.
Chapter 13: Social Psychology tells the story of Alexa and Dennis Conforti, a married couple that met through the dating app Tinder, and profiles Julius Achon, an Olympic runner who adopted 11 orphans from his homeland of Uganda.
Chapter 14: Stress and Health offers a glimpse into the stressful but rewarding careers of police lieutenant Christy Sheppard and firefighter-paramedic Kehlen Kirby.
Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders tells the story of Ross Szabo, a young man with bipolar disorder, and Melissa Hopely, young woman with obsessive compulsive disorder.
Chapter 16: Treatment of Psychological Disorders focuses on the life and work of two clinical psychologists—Dr. Daniel Foster, who works on an Indian Reservation, and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, who works as a jail warden.