What is the mind? How can we study the mind? How did it emerge? What are the characteristics and capabilities that make us distinctly human? These questions and others are carefully examined in this clearly written and provocative guide to the most fascinating new frontier in psychology today. Whether used as an accompaniment to the WNET/13 telecourse or employed on its own, the Guide introduces the reader to new breakthroughs in a variety of disciplines as presented by eminent educators, scientists, and practitioners in the fields. The chapters progress from biology to behavior, from research to psychological applications. The contributors integrate research from immulogy, microbiology, neuroscience, genetics, anthropology, linguistics, and psychology to present the entry-level student with a broad perspective on the study of the mind. Included are definitions of key terms and opportunities for self evaluation and progress checks.
GARY V. PAVEK is Associate Professor of Psychology and Chairman of the Social Sciences Division of Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York.