Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior

What is the book about?

1.1 What is psychology and what are its goals? 

1.2 What is critical thinking? 

1.3 How does psychology differ from false  explanations of behavior? 

1.4 How is the scientific method applied in  psychological research? 

1.5 How did the field of psychology emerge? 

1.6 What are the contemporary perspectives in  psychology?  

1.7 What are the major specialties in psychology? 

1.8 How is an experiment performed? 

1.9 What is a double-blind experiment? 

1.10 What nonexperimental research methods do  psychologists use? 

1.11 How good is psychological information found in  the popular media?


Seeking Knowledge in Psychology 

Isn’t psycholog y really just a matter of using your common sense?  Actually, much “commonsense” wisdom is pure B.S. (B.S., of  course, stands for Before Science). Many people regard themselves  as expert “people watchers” and form their own commonsense  theories of behavior. However, you may be surprised to learn how  often self-appointed authorities and long-held commonsense  beliefs about human behavior are wrong (Lilienfeld et al., 2010).  Take a moment and read “Testing Commonsense Beliefs” for more  information.

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