(8 reviews)


Multiple Authors, OpenStax College

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381683-5-2

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Christy Porter, Senior Lecturer, PSYC, and neuroscience faculty affiliate, College of William and Mary, on 6/21/2017.

My college divides Introduction to Psychology into two semester-long courses: Intro to PSYC as a Natural Science and Intro to PSYC as a Social … read more



Reviewed by Beth Cooper, Senior Lecturer, University of Tennessee, on 6/21/2017.

This book follows the standard format and content of all other intro psych books.… read more



Reviewed by Nora Gibbons, Instructor, Saint Paul College: A Community and Technical College, on 4/12/2017.

The text covers all of the standard introductory psychology chapters and content. Infrequently, minor, anticipated content is not included (e.g., the … read more



Reviewed by Mike Harman, Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on 8/22/2016.

Similar to the vast majority of introductory texts, this textbook covers all major areas within the science of psychology. The main concepts are … read more



Reviewed by John Holden, Associate Professor, Winona State University, on 1/8/2016.

The text covers all of the areas that I typically cover (and areas covered in other introductory textbooks), with the inclusion of a chapter on … read more



Reviewed by Virginia Clinton, Instructor, University of North Dakota, on 1/8/2016.

The book does a good job of covering the main areas of psychology. Obviously, no book, especially an introductory textbook can cover everything, but … read more



Reviewed by Lynn Coffey, Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, on 6/11/2015.

The text consists of highly agreed upon content that is typically included in a general psychology textbook and presented in a common order. One … read more



Reviewed by Karen Pikula, Psychology Instructor PhD, Central Lakes College, on 6/11/2015.

This textbook covers all of the areas covered in most general psychology courses. It contains a comprehensive table of contents, as well as a index … read more


Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research
  • Biopsychology
  • States of Consciousness
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning
  • Thinking and Intelligence
  • Memory
  • Lifespan Development
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Stress, Lifestyle, and Health
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Therapy and Treatment

About the Book

Psychology is designed to meet the scope and sequence for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. For many students, this may be their only college-level psychology course. As such, this textbook provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of psychology and understand how those concepts apply to their lives. The authors strive to make psychology, as a discipline, interesting and accessible to students. A comprehensive coverage of core concepts is grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research, including coverage of the DSM-5 in discussions of psychological disorders. The text incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

OpenStax College has compiled many resources for faculty and students, from faculty-only content to interactive homework and study guides.

About the Contributors


Dr. Rose Spielman has been teaching psychology and working as a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years. Her academic career has included positions at Quinnipiac University, Housatonic Community College, and Goodwin College. As a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, and volunteer director, Rose is able to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and facilitate treatment, advocacy, and education. In her years of work as a teacher, therapist, and administrator, she has helped thousands of students and clients and taught them to advocate for themselves and move their lives forward to become more productive citizens and family members.

Senior Contributors

Kathryn Dumper, Bainbridge State College

William Jenkins, Mercer University

Arlene Lacombe, Saint Joseph's University

Marilyn Lovett, Livingstone College

Marion Perlmutter, University of Michigan