Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding
“The authors speak directly to students without ever talking down to them or over their heads. This text should serve as the prototype for how to write for college students today.”
–John Bickford, University of Massachusetts
“This is the introductory psychology textbook you’ve been dreaming about. It will change the way you think about what an introductory psychology textbook can do.”
–Brian Johnson, University of Tennessee at Martin
“This text is a fascinating journey. . . . I highly recommend this work to everyone.”
–Robert Hensley, Mansfield University
“Where has this book been all my teaching life?”
–Brady J. Phelps, South Dakota State University
“The authors have created a superb textbook.”
–Linda Fayard, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
“This is an introductory psychology text for the twenty-first century student.”
–David Payne, Wallace Community College
“The text reads more like a non-fiction bestseller than a textbook. In a world where all introductory psychology texts look a great deal alike this one will stand out on your shelf.”
–Laura Gruntmeier, Redlands Community College
“I like the way the authors relate to the reader. The authors do a great job of explaining what might be controversial and ask us to open our minds. They relate the content to our generation. It was easy to read.”
–Daren Essig, student, Community College of Rhode Island
“If the chapters in our current psychology book were like the ones in Lilienfeld, I would actually read the book.”
–Chris Deery, student, Community College of Rhode Island
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Lilienfeld provides the framework students need to go from inquiry to understanding. By encouraging students to question, and teaching students how to test their assumptions, Lilienfeld motivates students to use scientific thinking skills to better understand the complex world of psychology.
About the Author
Scott O. Lilienfeld received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986-1987. He was assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Albany from 1990-1994, and now is Professor of Psychology at Emory University. He recently was appointed a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, and was the recipient of the 1998 David Shakow Award from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology. Dr. Lilienfeld is a past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology within Division 12. He is the founder and editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, Associate Editor of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and a regular columnist for Scientific American Mind magazine. He has authored or co-authored six books and over 160 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lilienfeld has also been a participant in Emory University's "Great Teachers" lecturer series, as well as the Distinguished Speaker for the Psi Chi Honor Society at the American Psychological Association and Midwestern Psychological Association conventions.
Steven Jay Lynn received his B. A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. He completed an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lafayette Clinic, Detroit Michigan in 1976, and is now Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY), where he is the director of the Psychological Clinic. Dr. Lynn is a Fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and he was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award of the State University of New York for Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Lynn has authored or edited 17 books, and authored more than 230 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lynn has served as the editor of a book series for the American Psychological Association, and he has served on 11 editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Lynn’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Laura L. Namy received her B. A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Indiana University in 1993 and her doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University in 1998. She is now Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Namy was recently appointed editor of the Journal of Cognition and Development and serves as the Treasurer of the Cognitive Development Society. She is also coordinator of the joint major in Psychology and Linguistics, and the director of the graduate program in Cognition and Development at Emory. Her research focuses on the origins and development of verbal and non-verbal symbol use in young children, and the role of comparison in conceptual development.
Nancy J. Woolf received her B.S. in Psychobiology at UCLA in 1978 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA School of Medicine in 1983. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Her specialization is behavioral neuroscience and her research spans the organization of acetylcholine systems, neural plasticity, memory, neural degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and consciousness. In 1990 she won the Colby Prize from the Sigma Kappa Foundation, awarded for her achievements in scientific research in Alzheimer’s disease. In 2002 she received the Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award. Dr. Woolf is currently on the editorial board of Science and Consciousness Review and Nanoneuroscience.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prologue: How Psychology Became a Science
CHAPTER 1: Science and Pseudoscience in Psychology: Skills For Thinking Scientifically in Everyday Life
CHAPTER 2: Research Methods: Safeguards against Error
CHAPTER 3: Biological Psychology: The Brain—Body Communication Superhighway
CHAPTER 4: Sensation and Perception: How We Sense and Conceptualize the World
CHAPTER 5: Consciousness: Expanding the Boundaries of Psychological Inquiry
CHAPTER 6: Learning: How Nurture Changes Us
CHAPTER 7: Memory: Constructing and Reconstructing Our Pasts
CHAPTER 8: Language, Thinking, and Reasoning: Getting Inside Our Talking Heads
CHAPTER 9: Intelligence and IQ Testing: Controversy and Consensus
CHAPTER 10: Human Development: How and Why We Change
CHAPTER 11: Emotion and Motivation: What Moves Us
CHAPTER 12: Stress, Coping, and Health: The Mind—Body Interconnection
CHAPTER 13: Social Psychology: How Others Affect Us
CHAPTER 14: Personality: Who We Are
CHAPTER 15: Psychological Disorders: When Adaptation Fails
CHAPTER 16: Psychological and Biological Treatments: Helping People Change