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you can always reach me : laura@laurafreberg.com

     If you have not had the opportunity to write a text yourself, you may find it baffling
     that others of us engage in such behavior. My route to this project was neither short nor
    direct. The fact that I ride a 1994 Harley Davidson Fat Boy, listen to vintage Rolling
    Stones, obsess about college football, and have a weakness for playing
Legend of
    Zelda
on the Wii may not directly affect  the way I describe classical conditioning in
    sea slugs, but these are important parts of who I am.

     I had the very real privilege to study psychology with some of the most gifted faculty in the
     United States. During the 1970s, the psychology faculty at UCLA read like a who’s who in
     the discipline. My thinking about psychology was shaped by Eric Holman, John Garcia,
     Ivar Lovaas, Jackson Beatty, John Libeskind, Donald Novin, Frank Krasne, and F. Nowell
     Jones
, to name a few. As a graduate student, I sat in awe as Arnold Scheibel lectured
     on neuroanatomy for three hours straight without pause,and without ever referring to any
     notes. Many happy hours were spent in Murray Jarvik’s and Ron Siegel’s lab, where
     we watched monkeys apparently hallucinating and discovered that it is virtually 
     impossible to make elephants drunk. As a capstone, I had the very real pleasure to
     complete my dissertation research under the direction of Robert Rescorla, then at Yale.
     Bob has a mastery of experimental design that I’ve neverseen equaled by anyone else,
     and he tolerated my many questions with patience and grace.

 


     With this background, I might have been expected to pursue a career at a research
     university, but other factors intervened. My youngest daughter, Karla, has autism, and
     in the interests of finding  a reasonable mix between career and family, I opted for
     amore teaching-oriented career. Beginning with my first class at Pasadena City 
     College,when I was 23, I have spent more than 30 years in front of the classroom.
     Currently, I serve as a professor of psychology at California Polytechnic State
     University, located in the beautiful seaside town of San Luis Obispo.

     I didn’t just sit down to write a textbook. Instead, I found myself getting gradually
    more involved with the publishing business. Reviewing others’ work led to production
    of test banks, study guides, and instructors’ manuals, coauthoring revised editions,and
    editing collections of readings for psychology. Eventually, curiosity took over, and
    I wondered what the material would look like if I could write it my way. The text you
    have in your hands is the end result not only of my personal experience but the sum
    of many collaborative, thought-provoking discussions with students and faculty
    colleagues, to whom I am immensely grateful.

     It is a privilege to be able to communicate the work of so many gifted scientists to the next
     generation of students. In 1904, William James predicted that our knowledge and
     understanding of psychology would achieve meaningful progress only when we
     possessed the science and technology we needed to understand the underlying
     biological processes of thought and behavior. James observed that,

    
“Something definite happens when to a certain brain-state a certain ‘sciousness’
     corresponds. A genuine glimpse into what it is would be
the scientific achievement,
     before which all past achievements would pale.”  -- William James

     Who could wish for a better subject about which to write?

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      and I'll do what I  can to help!

Laura

laura@laurafreberg.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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