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Abnormal Psychology
Neuroscience Perspectives on Human Behavior and Experience

  • William J. Ray - Pennsylvania State University – University Park, USA
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January 2013 | 696 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Contemporary. Current. Complete. Thoroughly integrating DSM-5, this text offers the most current coverage of abnormal psychology available!

This fresh and innovative text teaches students that abnormal psychology is a rapidly evolving science.  Evolutionary, biological, neurological, psychological, social, socio-cultural, and political perspectives are explored for a complete view of the field with an eye toward critical thinking and evaluation. Thoroughly integrating DSM-5, this text offers the most current coverage of abnormal psychology available. The text’s multi-level perspective ranges from culture to genetics, helping students move beyond simple nature/nurture perspectives to new ways of considering psychological disorders based on current interdisciplinary research. First-person accounts and case studies help readers better understand the experiences of a person with a psychological disorder while demonstrating their ability to live full, productive lives. Abundant illustrations and a terrific resource package ensure student engagement and success.

Reviewers asked for:

We delivered:

  • Thorough and complete integration of DSM-5and not just updates to existing material with little attention to the impact and differences from DSM-IV.
  • The most complete DSM-5 integrationavailable in a text written for today’s students, with more tables and references.
  • A balanced approachwith attention to where the field is heading, with more neuroscience coverage and evidence-based research.
  • A biopsychosocial approachwith more attention to evidence-based research and neuroscience perspectives.
  • Real stories and casesthat de-stigmatize disorders and engage students.
  • Numerous real stories of people living successfullywith disorders— stories that help de-stigmatize mental illness.
  • More global and policy coverageto give students a broader worldview.
  • Lensfeaturesthroughout the text on global issues, policies, and key current topics, which broaden students’ perspectives.
  • A complete and hassle-free learning andteaching packageat no extra cost.
  • SAGE edgeonline learning resourcesfor students and instructors, including video, audio, action plans, study aids, and test banks, as well as course cartridges for any LMS—all free of charge!

 
1. An Overview of Psychopathology
 
2. Changing Conceptualizations of Mental Illness
 
3. Neuroscience Approaches to Understanding Psychopathology
 
4. Research Methods
 
5. Classification and Assessment
 
6. Disorders of Childhood
 
7. Schizophrenia
 
8. Mood Disorders
 
9. Stress and Trauma
 
10. Anxiety Disorders
 
11. Dissociative Disorders and Somatic Symptom Disorders
 
12. Feeding and Eating Disorders
 
13. Sexuality Disorders and Gender Dysphoria
 
14. Substance-related Disorders
 
15. Personality Disorder
 
16. Neurocognitive Dementia
 
17. Law and Mental Health

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

SAGE edge offers a robust online environment featuring an impressive array of tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students on the cutting edge of teaching and learning. SAGE edge content is open access and available on demand. Learning and teaching has never been easier!

SAGE edge for Instructors supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Multimedia content includes videos that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  •  A Course cartridge provides easy LMS integration
Student Study Site

SAGE edge offers a robust online environment featuring an impressive array of tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students on the cutting edge of teaching and learning. SAGE edge content is open access and available on demand. Learning and teaching has never been easier!

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.

  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material

  • A  customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience

  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material

  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video links and multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics

  • Interactive exercises and meaningful web links facilitate student use of internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions

  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

“I have been waiting for this textbook for over 10 years! The reason is simple—it lays out the logic for the acquisition of a mental issue, the development process from all angles, and reasonable treatment approaches—with many visuals, figures, and graphics included…I have not been this excited about a new text in a long time.”

Martha V. Low
Winston-Salem State University

“Great examples, clear definitions, great illustrations. Easy to read, especially for an UG class. Chapters are well organized. Very up to date and great information on neuroscience behind psychopathology.  Also, very good coverage of the DSM-5.”

David M. Feldman
Barry University

“I think this is a terrific approach to abnormal psychology, reflecting a very current integrative approach to neuroscience and its reciprocal relationship with the environment.”

David E. Gard
San Francisco State University

“I have read several texts that cover the new/revised DSM and they are not as well written, nor do they come with as many graphs and charts to aid in explanation.”

Elysia V. Clemens
University of Northern Colorado

“These chapters are easy to digest and follow. The criteria for diagnoses are all laid out for students, and this text eliminates the need for students to buy additional books, such as the DSM (since the criteria is included).”

Ashley M. Rolnik
Loyola University Chicago

“The discussion of DSM-5 is excellent—well defined.”

Wayne S. Stein
Brevard Community College

“I am a behavioral neuroscientist with interdisciplinary training and I believe that that is the best way to look at disorders. This text takes multiple perspectives into account when explaining disorders in general  [as well as] specific aspects of disorders…This text does the best job of integrating current research and the complex levels (society, individual person, and physiology) that contribute to the presence and presentation of disorders.”

Lisa R. Jackson
Schoolcraft College

“Evolution-based material is brilliant, novel, and welcome.”

Fred Ernst
University of Texas – Pan American

“The emphasis on neuroscience and neuropsychology is an important innovation in the field of mental health and represents the direction in which much of the field is moving.”

Cameo Borntrager
University of Montana

“Current and relevant, especially from a neuroscience perspective. This is a great book!”

Bruno M. Kappes
University of Alaska Anchorage
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Critical evaluation of the DSM-5 is thoroughly integrated to present more recent citations of key research and provide the most current coverage of the field available.
  • Engaging, compassionate first-person narratives and case studies present multiple perspectives on individual experiences and allow students to empathize through first-person examples.
  • Evidence-based research and strong balanced coverage of theory provide the foundation every student needs for the course.
  • Integrated coverage of neuroscience and cutting-edge research gives students an accessible and engaging introduction to where the field is heading.
  • Abundant pedagogical illustrations bring key concepts to life for students and encourage a rich understanding of the material.
  • Current work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, epidemiology, ethology, and genetics fields, as well as work in traditional psychological literature, is reflected.
  • A global LENS feature in every chapter raises important societal and cultural issues.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) for understanding psychopathology is introduced.
  • An evolutionary perspective places abnormal psychology in a broader context.
  • Concept Checks throughout each chapter, end-of-chapter review questions, and key terms help students to master key concepts.
  • The SAGE edge ancillary package gives instructors and students robust support for the course.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3


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