This compact introduction is the ideal primer for anyone looking for an accessible overview of the basic principles of psychology, the fascinating science of mind and behavior.
In everyday life we often ask why people act the way that they do, especially when we encounter or hear about puzzling behavior. Psychology: The Basics introduces everyday explanations of behavior, considering them through a psychological lens. Illustrating how behavior can be explained through fundamental psychological principles, the book covers the core areas of cognitive, developmental, and social psychology as well as behaviorism, the human brain, our emotions, personality and individual differences, and psychological disorders.
This book, which includes further reading in each chapter for those wishing to study more deeply, is the perfect easy-to-understand introductory text for students, teachers, health personnel, human resource managers, administrators, and anyone interested in the human mind and behavior.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Learning from Experience: Behaviorism
Chapter 2 Filling the Black Box: Cognitive Psychology
Chapter 3 What Drives Behavior? Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 4 Brain and Genes
Chapter 5 Human Development
Chapter 6 Personality and Intelligence: Individual Differences
Chapter 7 Living with Others: Social Psychology
Chapter 8 Psychological Disorders and Their Treatment
Epilogue: Why We Do What We Do
Rolf Reber is a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway.