First Edition   ©2018

My Psychology

Andrew M. Pomerantz (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4292-6018-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-6018-3; Format: Paper Text, 736 pages

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

· Vision

· Hearing

· Smell and Taste

· Other Senses

4. Consciousness

· Sleep

· Dreams

· Hypnosis

· Psychoactive Drugs and Consciousness

· Other Altered States of Consciousness

5. Memory

· Defining Memory

· The Three Steps of Memory

· Types of Memory

· What Affects Memory?

· Memory Problems

6. Learning

· What Is Learning?

· Classical Conditioning

· Operant Conditioning

· Observational Learning

· Biological Influences on Learning

· Cognitive Influences on Learning

7. Cognition: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence

· Thinking

· Language

· Intelligence

8. Motivation and Emotion

· Motivation

· A Primary Motivation: Hunger and Eating

· Emotion

9. Development Across the Life Span

· Big Questions About Developmental Psychology

· Development Before Birth

· Infancy and Childhood

· Adolescent Development

· Adulthood

10. Diversity in Psychology: Multiculturalism, Sexuality, and Gender

· Diversity Surrounds You

· Multiculturalism

· 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

12. Personality

· 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

· Schizophrenia

· Disorders of Childhood

· Dissociative Disorders

· Personality Disorders

15. Therapy

· 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