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Discovering Psychology : The Science of Mind (POD)

Author(s): John Cacioppo | Laura A Freberg

ISBN: 9788131518977

Edition: 1st

© Year : 2013


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 800

Trim Size : 279 X 216 mm

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'In this fresh new offering to the Intro Psychology course, authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg portray psychology as being an integrative science in two ways. First, they have written a text that reflects psychology's rightful place as a hub science that draws from and is cited by research in many other fields. Second, this text presents psychology as a unified science that seeks a complete understanding of the human mind, rather than as a loosely organized set of autonomous subspecialties. As psychology moves rapidly toward maturity as an integrative, multidisciplinary field, the introductory course offers an opportunity to teach all of psychology in one place and at one time. This text reflects that evolutionand the authors' excitement about it.
' Exploration of seven integrative perspectives (biological, evolutionary, cognitive, developmental, social/social neuroscientific, personality/individual differences, and clinical). "Psychology as a Hub Science" broadens the discussion of a topic to include ways in which psychology is engaged in cooperative science with other disciplineshelping undergraduates to see how what they are learning in Intro Psychology will help them no matter what they major in. Unique chapter prologues that show big picture and micro views of the chapter topic, providing a window into how the integration of psychology as a science provides a larger perspective for the psychologist. "Interpersonal Relationships From a [Chapter Topic] Perspective" features how the many perspectives of psychology contribute to the understanding of a single human behaviorbuilding and maintaining significant social relationships. "Connecting to Research" highlights classic and contemporary studies relevant to chapter material to illustrate the connection between scientific research and the material in the textbook. "Experiencing Psychology" provides hands-on, experiential activities for the student. "Thinking Scientifically" models critical-thinking skills by providing students with an opportunity to critique a piece of research. "Visual Summary Tables" present key chapter concepts at the end of each major section, with visual cues to help students remember and learn. Margin application features provide quick one or two sentence examples of applications of a topic to reinforce context and relevance. For example, Botox is discussed in the context of acetylcholine in the biological psychology chapter.
'1. The Science of Mind: The Discipline of Psychology. 2. The Biological Mind: The Brain and Nervous System. 3. Perceiving Minds: Sensation and Perception. 4. The Aware Mind: Elements of Consciousness. 5. The Feeling Mind: Motivation and Emotion. 6. The Adaptive Mind: Learning. 7. Knowing Minds: Memory. 8. Thinking Minds: Cognition, Language, and Intelligence. 9. Developing Minds: Lifespan Development. 10. Individual Minds: Personality and the Self. 11. Connected Minds: Social Psychology. 12. Troubled Minds: Psychological Disorders. 13. Healing Troubled Minds: Therapy.  
'John Cacioppo John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He is the chair of the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the president of the Society for Social Neuroscience, and he is a past president of four other scientific societies including the Association for Psychological Science. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology Scientific Impact Award, the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Prize. He has served as editor and associate editor of various journal boards, and he currently serves on the Council of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health.   Laura A. Freberg Laura Freberg is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception. To better understand the needs of the online education community, Laura began teaching Social Psychology for Argosy University Online in 2011. Freberg's teaching career began over 35 years ago when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. She has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from the Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center three times (1991, 1994, and 2009) in recognition of her work with students with disabilities. She enjoys using technology and social media in the classroom, and is a syndicated expert blogger for Live Right Live Well! She serves as the Bylaws and Archives Committee Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience.