PSYCHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR
Ray S. Jackendoff
Patterns In The Mind: Language And Human Nature
What is it about the human mind that accounts for the fact that we can speak and understand a language? Why can’t other creatures do the same? And what does this tell us about the rest of human abilities? Recent dramatic discoveries in linguistics and psychology provide intriguing answers to these age-old mysteries.
Anthony Walsh and Jonathan D.
The Neurobiology of Criminal Behavior: Gene-Brain-Culture Interaction
The main feature of this work is that it explores criminal behaviour from all aspects of Tinbergen’s Four Questions. Rather than focusing on a single theoretical point of view, this book examines the neurobiology of crime from a biosocial perspective. It suggests that it is necessary to understand some genetics and neuroscience in order to appreciate and apply relevant concepts to criminological issues. Presenting up-to-date information on the circuitry of the brain, the authors explore and examine a variety of characteristics, traits and behavioural syndromes related to criminal behaviour such as ADHD, intelligence, gender, the age-crime curve, schizophrenia, psychopathy, violence and substance abuse. This book brings together the sociological tradition with the latest knowledge the neurosciences have to offer and conveys biological information in an accessible and understanding way. It will be of interest to scholars in the field and to professional criminologists.
Phytotherapies: Efficacy, Safety, and Regulation
Covering fundamentals and new developments in phytotherapy, this book combines pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry with clinical issues.
Helps readers better understand phytotherapy and learn the fundamentals of and how to analyze phytotherapeutic agents
Discusses phytotherapy in modern medicine, chemoprevention of disease, and alternatives to western medicines for specific diseases
Chapters summarizes the uses and applications of phytomedicines, by type like Chinese, Greco-Arab, Indian, European, and Ayurvedic
Includes international regulatory perspectives and discusses emerging regulations for various established and emerging markets
Robert E. McGrath
Quantitative Models in Psychology
Training in quantitative methods primarily involves studying the mechanics of statistics or, in other words, the “how” of data analysis. What is less studied is the “why,” or the foundational theory underlying these concepts.
Using the organizing principle that quantitative methods are the building blocks of models, this book focuses on models of inference, models of measurement, and the modeling of psychological phenomena.
With clear prose and a reader-friendly format, McGrath introduces a conceptual framework for the entire spectrum of quantitative modeling procedures used in psychology while providing a solid grounding in its methods and practices. Featuring cutting-edge developments in research methodologies and examples taken from published studies, this book will walk you through inferential statistics and quantitative modeling of psychological phenomena; the logic and limits of null hypothesis significance testing; alternatives to significance testing, including confidence intervals, meta-analysis, and Bayesian methods; models of measurement errorLatent-variable models; the mathematical qualities of quantitative variables; and the modeling of psychological phenomena, including such concepts as moderation and mediation.
The result is a comprehensive survey of quantitative methods and concepts in psychology that covers everything needed at the graduate level and beyond, including generalizing from samples to populations, using measurement instruments to generate quantitative scales, and modeling real-world patterns and relationships.
This book presents the most important and practically relevant quantitative models for the behavioral and social sciences and encourages psychologists and graduate students to think critically about the limitations of the methods currently in use.
Geoffrey R. McKee
Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist’s Casebook
Few crimes generate greater public reaction than those where a mother murders her child. We are repelled, yet mesmerized, by the emerging details of cases such as Andrea Yates and Susan Smith. Annually, hundreds of infants and young children perish at the hands of their mothers. How could a mother destroy the first and most fundamental relationship we experience?
In Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist’s Casebook, Geoffrey R. McKee, Ph.D. uses more than a dozen case studies from his 29-year forensic psychological evaluation practice to help us, and most importantly, prevent these horrific events from occurring. He applies current research findings to analyze, explain, and suggest practical interventions to alter the personal, familial, and situational circumstances that may influence some mothers to kill. With an emphasis on prevention, Dr. McKee sets out specific strategies that might have been employed at various “risk intervention points” occurring before the child’s death.
Through the use of extended narratives the author brings to life the thoughts and emotions experienced by women in each of the five categories of mothers he has identified from his years of practice. Additionally, the author presents the Maternal Filicide Risk Matrix which he developed to help mental health and medical professionals determine the risk and protective factors that lead mothers to kill their children.
Students, as well as mental health and medical professionals will find this an important and unique resource.