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AuthorMynatt, Clifford R
TitleUnderstanding human behavior / Clifford R. Mynatt, Michael E. Doherty
Imprint Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c2002
Edition 2nd ed
Descript xv, 466 p. : ill. ; 29 cm


Science works -- Powerful way to investigate human behavior is by making measurements and looking for correlations among them -- Changing the environment and then observing what happens -- Much human behavior is the result of both long-term and short-term adaptations -- Understanding the brain is the foundation for understanding the mind -- Properties of the mind arise from specific circuits in the brain -- Some male-female differences are the result of long-term adaptations -- We respond to change, but we adapt to lack of change -- How we see the world is determined both by what's outside in the environment and by what's inside us -- We learn to perceive the world -- There is no credible evidence for extrasensory perception -- Brain is programmed form associations -- Punishment has powerful, often unpredictable effects on behavior -- Behavior is flexible, but it isn't infinitely flexible -- Television has substantial negative effects on beliefs and behavior -- Working memory is involved in many cognitive activities, but has a very limited capacity -- Long-term memory is vast, powerful, and fallible -- More you know the easier it is learn new things -- Intuitive judgemnts about things having to do with numbers are often wrong -- Beliefs are supported by powerful biases -- Behavior affects beliefs -- People are not always consciously aware of the causes of their behavior -- Early experience has a major impact on later behavior -- Child is not a miniature adult -- Humans have a biologically programmed capacity for language -- Social influence is one of the most powerful determinants of human behvaior -- Mere presence of other people has a subsantial effect on behavior -- Cooperation can happen even when everyone is looking out for themselves -- It is difficult, but not impossible, to develop meaningful psychological tests -- Behavior can be predicted from personality measures-but imperfectly -- Intellectual ability has a substantial impact on many aspects of people's lives -- Many individual differences have a strong genetic component -- Emotions, like thoughts, arise in the brain -- Stress can seriously affetc your health -- Happiness is more strongly related to how people live their lives than to their material circumstances --Psychological health means behavior appropriately to the situation -- Psychotherapy can help many people who behave inappropriately to the situation -- Schizophrenia, the most serious form of mental illness, is a brain disease -- Mood disorders, the most common form of severe mental illness, are highly treatable -- People's beliefs about why things have happened to them can have a big impact on their lives -- Expectations have a substantial effect on behavior -- Good decision making requires knowing the world and knowing yourself -- Many machines are harder to use than they ought to be


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