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Why Science?
Author: Edward Diener
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
Type: Module
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Scientific research has been one of the great drivers of progress in human history, and the dramatic changes we have seen during the past century are due primarily to scientific findings—modern medicine, electronics, automobiles and jet…
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Conducting Psychology Research in the Real World
Author: Matthias R. Mehl
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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Because of its ability to determine cause-and-effect relationships, the laboratory experiment is traditionally considered the method of choice for psychological science. One downside, however, is that as it carefully controls conditions and t…
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History of Psychology
Author: David B. Baker and Heather Sperry
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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This module provides an introduction and overview of the historical development of the science and practice of psychology in America. Ever-increasing specialization within the field often makes it difficult to discern the common roots from wh…
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Psychophysiological Methods in Neuroscience
Author: Zachary Infantolino and Gregory A. Miller
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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As a generally noninvasive subset of neuroscience methods, psychophysiological methods are used across a variety of disciplines in order to answer diverse questions about psychology, both mental events and behavior. Many different techniques …
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Research Designs
Author: Christie Napa Scollon
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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Psychologists test research questions using a variety of methods. Most research relies on either correlations or experiments. With correlations, researchers measure variables as they naturally occur in people and compute the degree to which t…
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Statistical Thinking
Author: Beth Chance and Allan Rossman
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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As our society increasingly calls for evidence-based decision making, it is important to consider how and when we can draw valid inferences from data. This module will use four recent research studies to highlight key elements of a statistica…
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The Replication Crisis in Psychology
Author: Edward Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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In science, replication is the process of repeating research to determine the extent to which findings generalize across time and across situations. Recently, the science of psychology has come under criticism because a number of research fin…
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Thinking like a Psychological Scientist
Author: Erin I. Smith
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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We are bombarded every day with claims about how the world works, claims that have a direct impact on how we think about and solve problems in society and our personal lives. This module explores important considerations for evaluating the tr…
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Biochemistry of Love
Author: Sue Carter and Stephen Porges
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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Love is deeply biological. It pervades every aspect of our lives and has inspired countless works of art. Love also has a profound effect on our mental and physical state. A “broken heart” or a failed relationship can have disastrous effects;…
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The Brain
Author: Diane Beck and Evelina Tapia
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
Type: Module
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The human brain is responsible for all behaviors, thoughts, and experiences described in this textbook. This module provides an introductory overview of the brain, including some basic neuroanatomy, and brief descriptions of the neuroscience …
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Evolutionary Theories in Psychology
Author: David M. Buss
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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Evolution or change over time occurs through the processes of natural and sexual selection. In response to problems in our environment, we adapt both physically and psychologically to ensure our survival and reproduction. Sexual sel…
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Hormones & Behavior
Author: Randy J. Nelson
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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The goal of this module is to introduce you to the topic of hormones and behavior. This field of study is also called behavioral endocrinology, which is the scientific study of the interaction between hormones and behavior. This interaction i…
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The Nature-Nurture Question
Author: Eric Turkheimer
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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People have a deep intuition about what has been called the “nature–nurture question.” Some aspects of our behavior feel as though they originate in our genetic makeup, while others feel like the result of our upbringing or our own hard work.…
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The Nervous System
Author: Aneeq Ahmad
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
Type: Module
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The mammalian nervous system is a complex biological organ, which enables many animals including humans to function in a coordinated fashion. The original design of this system is preserved across many animals through evolution; thus, adaptiv…
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Neurons
Author: Sharon Furtak
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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This module on the biological basis of behavior provides an overview of the basic structure of neurons and their means of communication. Neurons, cells in the central nervous system, receive information from our sensory systems (vision, audit…
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Epigenetics in Psychology
Author: Ian Weaver
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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Early life experiences exert a profound and long-lasting influence on physical and mental health throughout life. The efforts to identify the primary causes of this have significantly benefited from studies of the epigenome—a dynamic la…
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The Brain and Nervous System
Author: Robert Biswas-Diener
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
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The brain is the most complex part of the human body. It is the center of consciousness and also controls all voluntary and involuntary movement and bodily functions. It communicates with each part of the body through the nervous system, a ne…
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Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
Author: Don Lucas and Jennifer Fox
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
Type: Module
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It’s natural to be curious about anatomy and physiology. Being knowledgeable about anatomy and physiology increases our potential for pleasure, physical and psychological health, and life satisfaction. Beyond personal curiosity, thoughtful di…
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The Psychology of Human Sexuality
Author: Don Lucas and Jennifer Fox
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
Type: Module
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Sexuality is one of the fundamental drives behind everyone’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It defines the means of biological reproduction, describes psychological and sociological representations of self, and orients a person’s attracti…
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Attention
Author: Frances Friedrich
Subject: Psychology
Source: Noba
Type: Module
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We use the term “attention“ all the time, but what processes or abilities does that concept really refer to? This module will focus on how attention allows us to select certain parts of our environment and ignore other parts, and what happens…
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