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Psychology : a very short introduction
by Gillian Butler and Freda McManus

9780199670420Freda McManus; Gillian ButlerPsychology: a Very Short IntroductionPsychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explanations for what people think, feel, and do.But what exactly are psychologists trying to do? What scientific grounding do they have for their approach? This Very Short Introduction explores some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance. In this new edition, Gillian Butler and Freda McManus explore a variety of new topics and ways of studying the brain. Until recently it was not possible to study the living human brain directly, so psychologists studied our behaviour, and used their observations to derive hypotheses about what wasgoing on inside. Now - through neuroscience - our knowledge of the workings of the brain has increased and improved technology provides us with a scientific basis on which to understand the structure and workings of the brain, and allows brain activity to be observed and measured. Exploring some ofthe most important advances and developments in psychology - from evolutionary psychology and issues surrounding adolescence and aggression to cognitive psychology - this is a stimulating introduction for anyone interested in understanding the human mind. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library BF121 .B88 2014; Glendale CC North Library BF121 .B88 2014
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The wandering mind: what the brain does when you're not looking
by Corballis, Michael C

9780226238616Michael C. CorballisThe Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does When You're Not LookingIf we've done our job well--and, let's be honest, if we're lucky--you'll read to the end of this description. Most likely, however, you won't. Somewhere in the middle of the next paragraph, your mind will wander off. Minds wander. That's just how it is. That may be bad news for me, but is it bad news for people in general? Does the fact that as much as fifty percent of our waking hours find us failing to focus on the task at hand represent a problem? Michael Corballis doesn't think so, and with The Wandering Mind , he shows us why, rehabilitating woolgathering and revealing its incredibly useful effects. Drawing on the latest research from cognitive science and evolutionary biology, Corballis shows us how mind-wandering not only frees us from moment-to-moment drudgery, but also from the limitations of our immediate selves. Mind-wandering strengthens our imagination, fueling the flights of invention, storytelling, and empathy that underlie our shared humanity; furthermore, he explains, our tendency to wander back and forth through the timeline of our lives is fundamental to our very sense of ourselves as coherent, continuing personalities. Full of unusual examples and surprising discoveries, The Wandering Mind mounts a vigorous defense of inattention#65533;--even as it never fails to hold the reader's. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - BF201 .C67 2015
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Life transitions in America
by Duina, Francesco G

9780745670614Francesco DuinaLife Transitions in AmericaWe celebrate, talk about, and worry a great deal about transitions in life. Going to college, having a first child, losing a job, and retiring constitute just a few of the pivotal moments in the lives of many. Sociologists and psychologists have devoted considerable attention to life transitions. Yet we know very little about whether there exists a common thread to our understandings of life transitions in general. How do journalists, leading politicians, sport icons, bestselling authors, government agencies, Hallmark cards, popular TV shows, and other "voices" of popular culture talk about transitions in life? Do these voices provide a coherent picture of how we make sense of life transitions? In this book, Francesco Duina shows how the dominant American discourse articulates two basic approaches to transitions in life. The first approach depicts transitions as exciting, individualistic opportunities for new beginnings: the past is cast aside, the future is wide open, and the self has the opportunity to recreate itself anew. The second paints transitions as having to do with continuity, our connections to others, and the life-cycle, with an emphasis on acceptance and adaptation. Though contrasting, the two approaches ultimately complement each other. Their analysis reveals a great deal about American culture and society, and will be of great interest to students of the life course and the sociology of culture. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - E40 .D856 2014
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Failure: why science is so successful
by Firestein, Stuart

9780199390106Stuart FiresteinFailure: Why Science Is So SuccessfulThe general public has a glorified view of the pursuit of scientific research. However, the idealized perception of science as a rule-based, methodical system for accumulating facts could not be further from the truth. Modern science involves the idiosyncratic, often bumbling search forunderstanding in uncharted territories, full of wrong turns, false findings, and the occasional remarkable success. In his sequel to Ignorance (Oxford University Press, 2012), Stuart Firestein shows us that the scientific enterprise is riddled with mistakes and errors - and that this is a good thing! Failure: Why Science Is So Successful delves into the origins of scientific research as a process that relies upontrial and error, one which inevitably results in a hefty dose of failure. In fact, scientists throughout history have relied on failure to guide their research, viewing mistakes as a necessary part of the process. Citing both historical and contemporary examples, Firestein strips away the distortedview of science as infallible to provide the public with a rare, inside glimpse of the messy realities of the scientific process. An insider's view of how science is actually carried out, this book will delight anyone with an interest in science, from aspiring scientists to curious general readers. Accessible and entertaining, Failure illuminates the greatest and most productive adventure of human history, with all themissteps along the way. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BF575.F14 F567 2016
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The psychology major: career options and strategies for success
by Landrum, R. Eric; Davis, Stephen F

9780205829651R. Eric Landrum; Stephen F. DavisThe Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for SuccessStrategies for success for the psychology major Landrum/Davis provides strategies for success that will allow students to achieve their career goals, whatever they may be. The authors provide fundamental tips and advice that can be useful to all students, but especially useful for psychology majors. This text standardizes and catalogs much of the practical advice that professors often give to students--providing tips on how to do well in all classes, how to find research ideas, and how to write papers in general APA format. Also, the book contains up-to-date career information that faculty might not normally have at their fingertips, including the latest salary figures for a number of psychology-related jobs and occupations. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers should be able to: Describe why psychology is a practical subject for any student to study. Identify career opportunities for holders of a Bachelor's degree in psychology Identify career opportunities for holders of a Master's or Doctoral degree in psychology. Find research ideas and write papers in APA format. Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab: ValuePack ISBN-10: TBD / ValuePack ISBN-13: TBD - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - BF76 .L36 2014
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Birth order: what your position in the family really tells you about your character
by Blair, Linda

9780749940140Linda BlairBirth Order: What Your Position in the Family Really Tells You about Your CharacterOn the basis of over 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how your birth order position, as well as the spacing between you and your siblings and the sex of your siblings, impact your childhood, your adult life and your relationships. Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, Birth Order will inform and intrigue. By reading this unique book you will quickly understand yourself, your family and your partner better. It will also shed light on the dynamics of your other relationships, explain why you may repeat patterns within relationships, and suggest helpful strategies for dealing with other people. Chapters cover birth order and what being the eldest, middle, or youngest child reveals about you, the effect of large or small age gaps between you and your siblings, family size, the sex of your siblings, parental attitudes to each child, being an only child, being a twin, the impact of step-siblings, and much more. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BF723.B5 B59 2013
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - BF723.B5 B59 2013
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Exploring the essentials of healthy personality: what is normal?
by Woodall, Camay

9781440831942Camay WoodallExploring the Essentials of Healthy Personality: What Is Normal?What are the elements upon which a healthy personality is built? This fascinating book identifies the key components and shares vivid case studies that demonstrate what happens when those elements are missing. * Underscores the universal and key importance of healthy relationships in achieving emotional health and happiness * Provides clear, accessible, and educational text that includes vignettes in each chapter to illustrate key points * Identifies parallels between emotional health and subjective feelings of "happiness" and well-being * Examines the root causes for common personality traits and behaviors such as aggression, eating disorders, guilt, intolerance, narcissism, and shame - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BF698 .W66 2014
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Loneliness, love and all that's between: a psychological look at what makes us lonely and what keeps us in love
by Rokach, Ami; Rokach, Ami

9781629481104Ami RokachLoneliness, Love and All That's Between: A Psychological Look at What Makes Us Lonely and What Keeps Us in LoveLoneliness, as old as time itself, is not easy to define. It's a bit like love -- you know when you feel it, but cannot specifically define it. However, no one who ever walked on the face of this earth has gone through life without experiencing the pain of being lonely, alienated, and feeling unconnected to others, unloved, or even rejected. Although we, in the 21st century, pride ourselves as inventors [the Internet, computers, reaching the moon, and biomedical advances] we did not invent this one -- loneliness was here way before any of us, and consequently we can find it mentioned in the Bible, literature, art, and philosophy. And, as things appear now -- it is here to stay. In addition to addressing loneliness, its causes, and how it affects our health, well-being, and quality of life, we also discuss what loneliness anxiety is, and the difference between loneliness and depression, for those two may go together, but are actually different. While loneliness is inescapable, it does not mean that when we experience or feel it 'coming' that we just wait and embrace the pain until 'it' decides to leave us. People have developed various ways of coping with loneliness; learning to either avoid or better cope with it. This book lists a variety of successful methods to reduce the pain of loneliness, and in some ways, to reduce the probability of it happening. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BF575.L7 R65 2013
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Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5
by American Psychiatric Association

9780890425558American Psychiatric Association Staff; KernbergDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-5This new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5#65533;), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. Their dedication and hard work have yielded an authoritative volume that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings -- inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. New features and enhancements make DSM-5#65533; easier to use across all settings: * The chapter organization reflects a lifespan approach, with disorders typically diagnosed in childhood (such as neurodevelopmental disorders) at the beginning of the manual, and those more typical of older adults (such as neurocognitive disorders) placed at the end. Also included are age-related factors specific to diagnosis. * The latest findings in neuroimaging and genetics have been integrated into each disorder along with gender and cultural considerations.* The revised organizational structure recognizes symptoms that span multiple diagnostic categories, providing new clinical insight in diagnosis. * Specific criteria have been streamlined, consolidated, or clarified to be consistent with clinical practice (including the consolidation of autism disorder, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder into autism spectrum disorder; the streamlined classification of bipolar and depressive disorders; the restructuring of substance use disorders for consistency and clarity; and the enhanced specificity for major and mild neurocognitive disorders).* Dimensional assessments for research and validation of clinical results have been provided.* Both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes are included for each disorder, and the organizational structure is consistent with the new ICD-11 in development. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. The information contained in the manual is also valuable to other physicians and health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, nurses, and occupational and rehabilitation therapists, as well as social workers and forensic and legal specialists. - Description from Syndetics
Available at GCC Main and North Reference Desks
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