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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Biological Psychology
Biological psychology

Ron, a married, 40-year-old schoolteacher, had a good life until it went bad. Nothing seemed to account for the overwhelming sexual urgency he began to experience—from searching Web sites for child pornography to soliciting prostitutes at massage parlors. Even though he knew that what he was doing was wrong, he lamely explained that the “pleasure principle overrode [his] restraint.” Ron's wife found out about his aberrant behavior, had him evicted, and then prosecuted for pedophilia (fondling children). He was medicated and remanded to treatment for sex offenders. But he put himself at risk for a jail sentence when he violated the terms of treatment by soliciting sex from other program participants (Choi, 2002).

The night before sentencing, Ron went to an emergency room ...

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