Invitation to Psychology

Invitation to Psychology

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Invitation to Psychology provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in psychology. It seeks to address the need of both teachers and students by offering two different kinds of chapters. The first variety covers the basic data and research within each of the traditional areas of psychology. In these qbasicq chapters, the authors provide up-to-date and complete coverage of important developments in each area. The second type of chapter is innovative. These qexploringq chapters examine some of the practical applications and implications of the findings discussed in the basic chapters. These describe how basic psychological data are being used in the outside world, and discuss ongoing, often controversial explorations into some frontier areas of psychology. In other words, information about explorations and applications that is often scattered through the pages of other texts is brought together into systematic chapters in this text. The dual-chapter approach helps resolve the dilemma of differing expectations of teachers and students. Key topics covered include the definition of psychology; the psychological basis of behavior; sensation and perception; states of awareness; learning, memory, and cognition; motivation and emotion; abnormal psychology and social behavior.THE ROLE OF STATISTICS Behavioral scientists are interested in observing and accounting for variation or differences in behavior. ... For example, your college grade point average summarizes in a single number how well you have done in your courses. ... Since most of the studies reported in this textbook and those in the professional journals are based on statistical ... They observed each of ten children, in each age group, for 10 minutes during the morning free play period, andanbsp;...

Title:Invitation to Psychology
Author: John P. Houston, Helen Bee, David C. Rimm
Publisher:Academic Press - 2013-10-22

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