language learning memory methodology motivation origin and definition of psychology personality psychobiology psychopathology psychotherapy
• sensation and perception
• social psychology
Entries range from four to eight pages in length. Every entry begins with standard information for "Type of psychology" and "Fields of study." An abstract briefly defines the subject, summarizing its importance to psychology, and "Key concepts" lists five to ten of the most important issues to be discussed in the essay that follows. The text of each article offers a clear and concise discussion of the topic. An entry on a mental illness addresses its cause, diagnosis, treatment, and impact. An entry on a theory or school examines its origin, history, and current status. Informative, descriptive subheadings divide the text. All terminology is explained, and context is provided to make the information accessible to general readers. Every entry includes a bibliography of secondary sources with annotations discussing their content and value; for this revision, all bibliographies have been updated from the 2003 source set. Every essay is signed by the author and concludes with a list of cross-references to related articles within Psychology Basics, Revised Edition. At the end of volume 2 are a Glossary of crucial terms with concise definitions, the Biographical List of Psychologists, the Web Site Directory, a Categorized List of Entries divided into thirty-seven subjects, and a comprehensive Index.
We wish to express our thanks to the Editor, Nancy A. Piotrowski, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley; her insightful Introduction can be found at the beginning of volume 1. We also thank the contributors—academicians from psychology, medicine, and other disciplines in the social and life sciences—for sharing their expertise with general readers; a list of their names and affiliations follows.
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