Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind

Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind

Language: English

Pages: 912

ISBN: 1305088379

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Psychology is evolving into an integrative, multidisciplinary field, and this innovative book offers an opportunity to learn about it. Authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg highlight connections within psychology as well as between psychology and other disciplines. The writing and features are smart and engaging, and consistently illustrate the benefit of using multiple perspectives within psychology. Cacioppo and Freberg offer the best science possible, including exciting new research findings likely to expand readers' understanding of psychology as a scientific field of study. Features and images coordinate with and enhance the book, providing many additional opportunities for critical thinking and connecting ideas.













little town of San Luis Obispo, California (population 45,000). In 2005, a 13-year-old boy bludgeoned 87-yearold Jerry O’Malley to death with a skateboard, locked up O’Malley’s mobile home to delay discovery of the crime, and took O’Malley’s car for a joyride. The boy told police, “I knew it was wrong; I just did it.” Joseph Wu, director of the Brain Imaging Center at the University of California, Irvine, told the court that the young murderer had “abnormally reduced activity in parts of his

evidence from descriptive, correlational, and experimental research provides us with confidence in our conclusions. Psychology, like any science, has followed its share of wrong turns and dead ends, but the vast majority of the knowledge presented here has been carefully crafted to present the most accurate view possible of behavior and mental processes. How Do We Study the Effects of Time? Modifications of the methods discussed previously might be Cross-sectional studies usually show that

increasingly dominated by interdisciplinary teams, we would like m fro B d . e students to see psychology not as an isolated area of study but as t W m ap Ad evin per K one that integrates a broad range of knowledge into a true science of d by kin th Wi mind. The science of psychology developed in the 20th century as a collection of loosely organized, independent subspecialties. Ten years into the 21st century, the discipline is moving rapidly toward maturity as an integrative, multidisciplinary

arousal, norepinephrine is also released by the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, discussed later in this chapter. The sympathetic nervous system prepares us to react to emergencies by providing the resources needed for extra activity, like the extra oxygen that is needed to run or throw a punch. Abnormalities in norepinephrine activity have been implicated in a number of psychological conditions that feature disturbances in arousal and vigilance, including bipolar disorder

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