By Richard C. Atkinson, Ernest Hilgard

This fifteenth version of Atkinson & Hilgard s advent to Psychology keeps the entire features that have proven it as one of many major psychology textbooks of the final 50 years: an obtainable student-centered technique, a prepared understanding of the most recent learn advancements, and an intensive knowing of the vintage landmark reports that have formed psychology as a tutorial self-discipline. overlaying all significant parts of psychology, this article examines the theories, examine and concepts that underpin the topic, offering scholars with an enticing and rigorous creation to psychology. through continually concerning mental recommendations to way of life, and drawing from an across the world varied diversity of analysis, this variation remains to be the appropriate, dynamic introductory textual content for college students world wide. beneficial properties comprise: innovative study A vignette in every one bankruptcy highlighting fresh study; Seeing each side contrasting essays on the finish of every bankruptcy debating a selected element or proposal from divergent views; meantime summaries on the finish of subsections, severe considering Questions designed to instructed debate and research; and idea overview Tables which condense concepts/terminology into simply digestible chunks.

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What we actually see is related to the background against which an object appears, as well as to other aspects of the overall pattern of stimulation (see Chapter 5). The whole is different from the sum of its parts, because the whole depends on the relationships among the parts. 4, we see it as a single large triangle – as a single form or Gestalt – rather than as three small angles. 9 ª BETTMANN/CORBIS CHAPTER 1 THE NATURE OF PSYCHOLOGY ª BETTMANN/CORBIS ª CORBIS 10 William James, John B. Watson, and Sigmund .

Five contemporary perspectives are the biological perspective, the behavioral perspective, the cognitive perspective, the psychoanalytic perspective, and the subjectivist perspective. l The biological perspective differs from the other perspectives in that its principles are partly drawn from biology. Biological researchers often attempt to explain psychological principles in terms of biological ones; this is known as reductionism. l Among the major subfields of psychology are biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social and personality psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, school and educational psychology, and organizational and engineering psychology.

These observations set the stage for what became the biological perspective in psychology. Nature–nurture debate One of the earliest debates about human psychology is still raging today. This nature–nurture debate centers on the question of whether human capabilities are inborn or acquired through experience. The nature view holds that human beings enter the world with an inborn store of knowledge and understanding of reality. Early philosophers believed that this knowledge and understanding could be accessed through careful reasoning and introspection.

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