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Principles of Psychology

Marc Breedlove

02 January 2015

ISBN: 9780199329366

736 pages

In Stock

Price: £132.99

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Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Organized around four well-established core principles, Principles of Psychology provides students with a framework to understand the science of behavior

Written in a conversational style, Principles of Psychology is organized around the following four well-established principles that serve as touchstones for the field of psychology:

- The mind is a process at work in a physical machine, the brain.
- We are consciously aware of only a fraction of our mental activity.
- We constantly modify our behavior, beliefs, and attitudes according to what we perceive about the people around us.
- Experience physically alters the structure and function of the brain.

  • A conversational writing style and the use of story-telling make the explanation of complex biological process understandable and accessible.
  • Chapters on Methods; Neuroscience of Behavior; and Genes and Behavior as well as frequent coverage of: evolution by natural selection, data and facts from other disciplines such as, neuroscience, biology, social, cognitive present the field of psychology as science.
  • Robust Pedagogy Marginal Glossary Section Summaries Review Questions Food for Thought: Questions that invite students to step back a bit and consider a question that requires integration and/or application of the material they just read, to help consolidate their understanding. Color Art: The figures are clearly drawn to aid and support students' understanding of psychological and biological processes. Concisely labeled and explained, the figures are one of the most important pedagogical features of any text.

About the Author(s)

Marc Breedlove

S. Marc Breedlove, the Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at Michigan State University, has written over 100 scientific articles investigating the role of hormones in shaping the developing and adult nervous system, publishing in journals that include Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Breedlove is also passionate about teaching, both in the classroom, and in the greater community through interviews with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Newsweek, as well as broadcast programs such as All Things Considered, Good Morning America, and Sixty Minutes. After teaching popular Hormones and Behavior and Biological Psychology courses during his 20 years at Berkeley, Breedlove co-authored textbooks on each subject that are still in print today.

Table of Contents

    1:Principles of Psychology
    2:Psychology as a Science
    3:The Neuroscience of Behavior
    4:Genes, Environment, and Behavior
    5:Developmental Psychology
    6:Sensation and Perception
    10:Language and Cognition
    12:Motivation and the Regulation of Behavior
    13:Emotions, Stress, and Health
    15:Social Psychology
    16:Clinical Psychology


"Great format, great content, great graphics, all around excellent." - Allen Huffcutt, Bradley University

"Brings together 'psychological' thinking with contemporary research topics." - John Mavromatis, St. John Fisher College

"Breedlove presents the information in an easy-to-read format without sacrificing the depth and breadth of important psychological concepts." - Jonathan Lewis, University of North Texas

"A well-rounded text, suitable for the entry level intro students." - Robert Martinez, University of the Incarnate Word

"The textbook does an excellent job. There is a strong emphasis on materialism and the neuroscience perspective, but not to the detriment of other perspectives." - Christina Abbott, Franklin & Marshall College

"A contemporary, well written, engaging text that is designed to be student friendly." - Vicki Ritts, St. Louis Community College, Meramec

"Well-written, balanced coverage of contemporary topics and many useful pedagogical features facilitate student exploration and learning of scientific psychology." - Albert Toh, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

"A strong commitment to contemporary psychological issues." - Stuart Silverberg, Westmoreland County Community College

"I would recommend the text for a colleague looking for an intro text that emphasizes brain and experience in behavior. It is well written and engaging." - Sharleen Sakai, Michigan State University