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Abnormal Psychology
Neuroscience Perspectives on Human Behavior and Experience

  • William J. Ray - Pennsylvania State University, 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

“Very well written, up-to-date. The evolutionary psychology perspective is generally overlooked in most texts, but this text brings it front and center and is groundbreaking in that regard.”

Rob Hoff
Mercyhurst University

“The author’s writing style is a clear and evident strength. The material is presented in a way that is very easy to understand, especially the topics that many psych students ‘dread’—discussion of research methods and statistics. The neuroscience material was also very clear and easy to follow.”

Fran Sessa
Penn State Abington

“I appreciate that this text includes the most up to date information available and incorporates a thoughtful comparison of previous editions to the new DSM-5. The focus on neuroscience is especially salient to students who are taking psychology classes in preparation for medical school and other graduate programs. I also appreciate the inclusion of the evolutionary psychology perspective; a viewpoint that I think is often overlooked or minimized in other texts and a perspective that is frequently elucidating.”

Amanda di Bartolomeo
University of California, Los Angeles

“The author writes well and does a great job of explaining complicated concepts [and] the excerpts of first-person accounts that begin the chapters do a good job of engaging the reader.”

H. Russell Searight
Lake Superior State University

“I am thrilled with the DSM criteria and all of the statements from individuals with the disorder.”

Jan Mendoza
Golden West College

“Presents state-of-the-art information on neuroscience and evolutionary psychology.”

Ryan A. McKelley
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

“The neuroscience approach is very current and is expected to grow, not decline, in importance to the field. The neuroscience focus is a great strength. I see this as the definite separation between this text book and others.”

Amy Badura Brack
Creighton University

“The descriptions of genetics and biological etiology are fascinating, and the emphasis on neurobiology is interesting.”

Brian Fisak
University of North Florida

Really strong text, set out well and written in an accessible yet academic style.

Mrs Issy Hallam
Psychology, South Devon College
May 6, 2017

Students love this book.... anything and everything you need to know. Excellent formatting, visual and interesting case-studies. Great for supporting assignment work.

Mrs Stephanie Lee
IIP, Weston College
September 26, 2016
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.

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