Perspectives on Personality (6th Edition)

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The various perspectives of the field of personality provide the organizing framework for this text.  Each perspective is presented in two chapters and is introduced by a prologue that describes the assumptions and themes of the perspective.

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As the book’s title implies, there are many perspectives a person might take on personality, and many ways to think about human nature. This book describes a range of viewpoints that are used by personality psychologists today. Each perspective on personality is presented in a pair of chapters, introduced by a prologue. The prologue provides an overview of that perspective’s orienting assumptions and core themes. By starting with these orienting assumptions, you’ll be placed right inside the thought processes of the theorists as you go on to read the chapters. Each chapter concludes with a discussion of current problems within that theoretical viewpoint and the authors’ analysis about its future prospects. Writing in an informal, conversational style, Carver and Scheier draw readers into the ideas and give them examples of how these ideas apply to their own lives. The result is a book that is engaging and enjoyable as well as informative.

 

 

New to this Edition:

  • Updated content reflects four years of rapid change in the research literature of personality psychology.
  • Provides the most up-to-date treatment available! The incredibly rapid advances in behavioral genetics, molecular genetics, temperament, neurotransmitters, and other biological processes have been integrated into Chapter 6, “Interitance, Evolution, and Personality,” and an extensively reorganized Chapter 7, “Biological Processes and Personality.”
  • Includes new material and reorganization in Part 8, “The Cognitive Self-Regulation Perspective,” including a discussion of connectionist models, contextual models of behavior, and a discussion of the process by which intentions are implemented.
  • Includes 300 new citations, ensuring that the newest research is well represented.

 

 

 

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"Terry and Gerry Audesirk" grew up in New Jersey, where they met as undergraduates. After marrying in 1970, they moved to California, where Terry earned her doctorate in marine ecology at the University of Southern California and Gerry earned his doctorate in neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology. As postdoctoral students at the University of Washington's marine laboratories, they worked together on the neural bases of behavior, using a marine mollusk as a model system. Terry and Gerry are now professors of biology at the University of Colorado at Denver, where they have taught introductory biology and neurobiology since 1982. In their research lab, funded by the National Institutes of Health, they investigate the mechanisms by which neurons are harmed by low levels of environmental pollutants. Terry and Gerry share a deep appreciation of nature and of the outdoors. They enjoy hiking in the Rockies, running near their home in the foothills west of Denver, and attempting to garden at 7000 feet in the presence of hungry deer and elk. They are long-time members of many conservation organizations. Their daughter, Heather, has added another focus to their lives. "Bruce E. Byers," a midwesterner transplanted to the hills of western Massachusetts, is a professor in the biology department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He's been a member of the faculty at UMass (where he also completed his doctoral degree) since 1993. Bruce teaches introductory biology courses for both nonmajors and majors; he also teaches courses in ornithology and animal behavior. A lifelong fascination with birds ultimately led Bruce to scientific exploration of avian biology. His currentresearch focuses on the behavioral ecology of birds, especially on the function and evolution of the vocal signals that birds use to communicate. The pursuit of vocalizations often takes Bruce outdoors, where he can be found before dawn, tape recorder in hand, awaiting the first songs of a new day.

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