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Psychology: Themes and Variations


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1. The Evolution of Psychology. Personal Application: Improving Academic Performance. Critical Thinking Application: Developing Critical Thinking Skills: An Introduction. 2. The Research Enterprise in Psychology. Personal Application: Finding and Reading Journal Articles. Critical Thinking Application: The Perils of Anecdotal Evidence: "I Have a Friend Who ..." 3. The Biological Bases of Behavior. Personal Application: Evaluating The Concept of "Two Minds in One." Critical Thinking Application: Building Better Brains: The Perils of Extrapolation. 4. Sensation and Perception. Personal Application: Appreciating Art and Illusion. Critical Thinking Application: Recognizing Contrast Effects: It's All Relative. 5. Variations in Consciousness. Personal Application: Addressing Practical Questions About Sleep and Dreams. Critical Thinking Application: Is Alcoholism a Disease? The Power of Definitions. 6. Learning. Personal Application: Achieving Self-Control Through Behavior Modification. Critical Thinking Application: Manipulating Emotions: Pavlov and Persuasion. 7. Human Memory. Personal Application: Improving Everyday Memory. Critical Thinking Application: Understanding the Fallibility of Eyewitness Accounts 8. Cognition and Intelligence. Personal Application: Measuring and Understanding Creativity. Critical Thinking Application: The Intelligence Debate, Appeals to Ignorance, and Reification. 9. Motivation and Emotion. Personal Application: Exploring the Ingredients of Happiness. Critical Thinking Application: Analyzing Arguments: Making Sense Out of Controversy. 10. Human Development Across the Life Span. Personal Application: Understanding Gender Differences. Critical Thinking Application: Are Fathers Essential to Children's Well-Being? 11. Personality: Theory, Research, and Assessment. Personal Application: Understanding Personality Assessment. Critical Thinking Application: APPLICATION Hindsight in Everyday Analyses of Personality. 12. Stress, Coping, and Health. Personal Application: Improving Coping and Stress Management. Critical Thinking Application: Thinking Rationally About Health Statistics and Decisions. 13. Psychological Disorders. Personal Application: Understanding Eating Disorders. Critical Thinking Application: Working with Probabilities in Thinking About Mental Illness. 14. Treatment of Psychological Disorders. Personal Application: Looking for a Therapist. Critical Thinking Application: From Crisis to Wellness-But Was It the Therapy? 15. Social Behavior. Personal Application: Understanding Prejudice. Critical Thinking Application: Who Can You Trust? Analyzing Credibility and Social Influence Tactics. Appendix A: Answers to Concept Checks. Appendix B: Statistical Methods. Appendix C: Careers in Psychology.

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