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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.


We use sound to communicate, to identify and locate sound-emitting objects, and to provide us with entertainment through the making of and listening to music. The study of these functions makes up large portions of the psychological study of audition under the categories of speech perception, auditory localization, scene analysis, and music perception. Understanding these topics often requires knowledge of psychological areas that may at first seem to have little relation with them but that are of great importance for understanding them. Some knowledge of the physics of the sound stimulus and of the anatomy and physiology of the ear and brain is needed for the fruitful study of auditory perception. Related fields include acoustics in engineering and the biological and medical study of ...

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