Close Up on Psychology: Supplemental Readings From the APA Monitor on Psychology

Pages: 168
Item #: 4316890
ISBN: 978-1-55798-427-2
List Price: $5.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $5.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

A lively, engaging way to get an up close look at psychology, this volume features some of the best articles from the APA Monitor on Psychology. It is geared toward students taking their first psychology class and is filled with enjoyable, easy to read articles describing important research in introductory, nontechnical terms. Articles were chosen to reflect the interests of young adults, and the organization of the volume corresponds to the standard layout of most introductory psychology textbooks.

Topics range as widely as psychological research itself. The causes of violence, what top athletes are thinking during a tough performance, how to spot a cheater, whether working mothers are happy or overstressed, and what makes a relationship last—these are just a few of the topics covered in this timely and interesting collection.

Table of Contents


  1. Sensation, Perception, and Neuroscience
    Research Explores Complexity of Taste
    Why Is It That Practice Makes Perfect?
    Musical Studies Provide Clues to Brain Functions
    Damaged Area of Brain Can Reorganize Itself

  2. Learning and Memory
    Solving a Classic Visual Search Problem
    Children Can Excel When They Learn From Mistakes
    Strong Emotions Can Blur the Source of a Memory

  3. Motivation and Emotion
    Top Athletes Focus on Tasks, Not Trophies
    Research Plumbs Why the "Talking Cure" Works
    Do Roots of Violence Grow From Nature or Nurture?

  4. Cognition
    Attitude Affects Memory, Decisions, and Performance
    Psychologists Question Findings of Bell Curve
    Breaking Through Barriers to Creativity

  5. Development
    Adolescent Friends Not Always a Bad Influence
    Schools the Source of Rough Transitions
    Teens' Altruism Grows Like They Do—In Spurts

  6. Personality
    Solitude Provides an Emotional Tune-up
    Shy People Have Inaccurate Self-Concepts
    Timidity Can Develop in the First Days of Life

  7. Social
    Evolution Shapes Our Ability to Spot Cheaters
    TV Displays Violence Without the Mess
    Police Tactics May Border on Coercion

  8. Gender and Diversity
    Fathers Strongly Influenced by Culture
    Gender Gap in Math Scores Is Closing
    Prejudice Is a Habit That Can Be Broken

  9. Health
    Exercise Fuels the Brain's Stress Buffers
    Computer Addictions Entangle Students
    Improving Quality of Life for the Seriously Ill

  10. Stress and Adjustment
    Research Looks at How Children Fare in Times of War
    Working Mothers: Happy or Haggard?
    "Learned Optimism" Yields Health Benefits

  11. Abnormal
    Public Scrutiny Sparks Some Eating Disorders
    Paths That Lead to Teenage Depression
    Unlocking the Restrictions on Drinking

  12. Treatment
    Strong Feelings of Shame Fuel Teen Conduct Disorders
    Nursing Marriage From Sickness to Health
    What Treatments Have Proven Effective?

    About the Editors

Editor Bios

Jill N. Reich, PhD, is the Executive Director for Education at the American Psychological Association (APA). She has served as Dean of the Faculty at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; Director and Chairperson of the Loyola University (Chicago) Psychology Department; and Director for the Loyola University Center for Children and Families. Dr. Reich is the recipient of the APA Distinguished Contributions to Education in Psychology Award and the APA Centennial Award for Early Career Contributions to Education and Training. A graduate of Dartmouth College in Developmental Psychology, Dr. Reich has authored books, chapters, and numerous journal articles on child development.

Elizabeth Q. Bulatao, Communications Development Officer in the Office of Communications, American Psychological Association, provides technical assistance and manages special projects. She previously managed special projects in child psychiatry, and international projects in women's health and family planning for development agencies. She has written on such topics as workplace violence, U.S. government initiatives in managed care, and developing-country family planning programs. Ms. Bulatao has a master's degree in sociology from Loyola University, Chicago.

Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, is the Executive Director, Publications and Communications of the American Psychological Association, where he manages the APA knowledge dissemination program—APA Journals, APA Books, and PsycINFO. He is an associate editor of the American Psychologist, managing editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and contributing editor for Psychiatric Services. He has taught at Michigan State University and the University of Bergen (Norway). Among Dr. VandenBos's major interests is the translation of psychological research knowledge into application—in training, in treatment, in public policy, and in disseminating scholarly information within psychology and to the public.

Rhea K. Farberman is the Associate Executive Director for Public Communications, American Psychological Association. In her position she directs the Association's media relations program, runs its in-house small publications department, and is the Executive Editor of the APA Monitor on Psychology, APA's monthly newsmagazine. An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PEA), Ms. Farberman is a member of the Board of Directors of PSA's Health Care Academy. She is a 1982 graduate of The American University School of Communications and completed graduate studies in public relations at The George Washington University.