Psychology, Books a la Carte Plus NEW MyLab Psychology with eText -- Access Card Package, 4th Edition

By Saundra K. Ciccarelli, J. Noland White

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 4, 2014


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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents:


Chapter 1:      The Science of Psychology

Chapter 2:      The Biological Perspective

Chapter 3:      Sensation and Perception

Chapter 4:      Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs

Chapter 5:      Learning

Chapter 6:      Memories

Chapter 7:      Cognition

Chapter 8:      Development Across the Life Span

Chapter 9:      Motivation and Emotion

Chapter 10:    Sexuality and Gender

Chapter 11:    Stress and Health

Chapter 12:    Social Psychology

Chapter 13:    Theories of Personality

Chapter 14:    Psychological Disorders

Chapter 15:    Psychological Therapies


2. Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology

What Is Psychology?

Psychology Then: The History of Psychology

Psychology Now: Modern Perspectives 1

Psychological Professionals and Areas of Specialization

Psychology: The Scientific Methodology

Ethics of Psychological Research

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking


Chapter 2: The Biological Perspective

An Overview of the Nervous System

Neurons and Nerves: Building the Network

The Central Nervous System: The “Central Processing Unit”

The Peripheral Nervous System: Nerves on the Edge

Distant Connections: The Endocrine Glands

Looking Inside the Living Brain

From the Bottom Up: The Structures of the Brain

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Paying Attention to the Causes of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception

The ABCs of Sensation

The Science of Seeing

The Hearing Sense: Can You Hear Me Now?

Chemical Senses: It Tastes Good and Smells Even Better

Somesthetic Senses: What the Body Knows

The ABCs of Perception

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Beyond “Smoke and Mirrors”—The Psychological Science and Neuroscience of Magic


Chapter 4: Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs

What Is Consciousness?

Altered States: Sleep


Altered States: The Effects of Hypnosis

Altered States: The Influence of Psychoactive Drugs

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Thinking Critically About Ghosts, Aliens, and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night


Chapter 5: Learning

Definition of Learning

What’s in It for Me? Operant Conditioning

Cognitive Learning Theory

Observational Learning

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Can You Really Toilet Train Your Cat?


Chapter 6: Memories

Three Processes of Memory

Models of Memory

The Information-Processing Model: Three Memory Systems

Getting It Out: Retrieval of Long-Term Memories

The Reconstructive Nature of Long-Term Memory Retrieval: How Reliable Are Memories?

What Were We Talking About? Forgetting

Neuroscience of Memory

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Alzheimer’s Disease


Chapter 7: Cognition

How People Think



Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Mental and Physical Exercises Combine for Better Cognitive Health


Chapter 8: Development Across the Life Span

Issues in Studying Human Development

The Basic Building Blocks of Development

Prenatal Development

Infancy and Childhood Development



Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Cross-Cultural Views on Death


Chapter 9: Motivation and Emotion

Approaches to Understanding Motivation

What, Hungry Again? Why People Eat


Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: When Motivation Is Not Enough


Chapter 10: Sexuality and Gender

The Physical Side of Human Sexuality

The Psychological Side of Human Sexuality: Gender

Human Sexual Behavior

Sexual Dysfunctions and Problems

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: The AIDS Epidemic in Russia


Chapter 11: Stress and Health

Stress and Stressors

Physiological Factors: Stress and Health

Coping With Stress

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Exercising for Mental Health


Chapter 12: Social Psychology

Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance, Obedience, and Group Behavior

Social Cognition: Attitudes, Impression Formation, and Attribution

Social Interaction: Prejudice and Aggression

Liking and Loving: Interpersonal Attraction

Aggression and Prosocial Behavior

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Anatomy of a Cult


Chapter 13: Theories of Personality

Theories of Personality

The Man and the Couch: Sigmund Freud and the Psychodynamic Perspective

The Behaviorist and Social Cognitive View of Personality

The Third Force: Humanism and Personality

Trait Theories: Who Are You?

The Biology of Personality: Behavioral Genetics

Assessment of Personality

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: The Biological Basis of the Big Five


Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders

What Is Abnormality?

Models of Abnormality

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)

Anxiety Disorders: What, Me Worry?

Mood Disorders: The Effect of Affect

Eating Disorders

Dissociative Disorders: Altered Identities

Schizophrenia: Altered Reality

Personality Disorders: I’m Okay, It’s Everyone Else Who’s Weird

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Taking the Worry Out of Exams


Chapter 15: Psychological Therapies

Two Kinds of Therapy

The Early Days: Ice-Water Baths and Electric Shocks

Psychotherapy Begins

Humanistic Therapy: To Err Is Human

Behavior Therapies: Learning One’s Way to Better Behavior

Cognitive Therapies: Thinking Is Believing

Group Therapies: Not Just for the Shy

Does Psychotherapy Really Work?

Biomedical Therapies

Applying Psychology to Everyday Life: Virtual Realities