Introduction to Psychology

(15 reviews)


Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-9461351-3-1

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Dr.Aradhana Mehta, Adjunct Faculty, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, on 6/20/2018.

This book cover most of the topics for the introduction to Psychology course. though the topic of stress, Coping and Health Psychology. The text and … read more



Reviewed by Troy Ertelt, Instructor, Lake Superior College, on 5/22/2018.

Provides comprehensive coverage… read more



Reviewed by Kendra Miller, Psychology Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, on 6/21/2017.

I compared this textbook with the textbook I currently use, "Discovering Psychology, 7th edition," by Hockenbury, Nolan, and Hockenbury. The … read more



Reviewed by Michelle Shelton, Assistant Professor, George Fox University, on 4/12/2017.

This book provides the content and information that many general psychology textbooks do. In comparing it with three other general psychology … read more



Reviewed by Troy Pilgrim, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The text covers many key components typically found in an introduction of psychology class.… read more



Reviewed by Vanessa Washington, Adjuct Instructor , Concordia University, Portland, on 2/16/2017.

This textbook covers a large range of subjects within the field of psychology; however, some chapters were shortened and brief in their coverage, … read more



Reviewed by Dr. Natikca Robinson, Associate Professor, J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

This book covers all the chapters needed to give students an understanding of psychology. The chapters are of adequate length and relates to life … read more



Reviewed by Mary Ann Woodman, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College, on 8/22/2016.

Text covers all the areas of Psychology for an introductory course except for Health Psychology. This is always the first chapter I teach so that … read more



Reviewed by Beth Dietz, Professor, Miami University, on 8/22/2016.

The book covers in great detail all of the chapters that would appear in a typical introduction to psychology textbook, with the exception of a … read more



Reviewed by Mike Mensink, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, on 8/22/2016.

Two versions of this text were compared across formats, the open source 1.0 version as well as the updated 2.1 … read more



Reviewed by Donna Weber, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout, on 1/8/2016.

The textbook included the topics and chapters that I expect to be included in a General Psychology course. My attempt was to see this textbook from … read more



Reviewed by Stephanie Judson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University, on 1/13/2015.

The text covered most expected areas that would be in an introduction to psychology text, however there was no chapter devoted to the field of … read more



Reviewed by Linda Lee, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

I agree with other reviewers that while the book is concise and provides a good introduction to different domains of psychology the breadth and depth … read more



Reviewed by Denise Iacobucci, Faculty, Camosun College, on 10/10/2013.

When conducting this review I compared this text to four other introductory textbooks (Gerrig, Zimbardo, Desmarais, & Ivanco, 2010; Myers, … read more



Reviewed by Jennifer Poole, Chair, Department of Psychology, Langara College, on 10/10/2013.

In the author’s preface, he states that the typical length of introductory psychology textbooks serves as a detriment to student … read more


Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. Introducing Psychology
1.1 Psychology as a Science
1.2 The Evolution of Psychology: History, Approaches, and Questions
1.3 Chapter Summary

Chapter 2. Psychological Science
2.1 Psychologists Use the Scientific Method to Guide Their Research
2.2 Psychologists Use Descriptive, Correlational, and Experimental Research Designs to Understand Behavior
2.3 You Can Be an Informed Consumer of Psychological Research
2.4 Chapter Summary

Chapter 3. Brains, Bodies, and Behavior
3.1 The Neuron Is the Building Block of the Nervous System
3.2 Our Brains Control Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behavior
3.3 Psychologists Study the Brain Using Many Different Methods
3.4 Putting It All Together: The Nervous System and the Endocrine System
3.5 Chapter Summary

Chapter 4. Sensing and Perceiving
4.1 We Experience Our World Through Sensation
4.2 Seeing
4.3 Hearing
4.4 Tasting, Smelling, and Touching
4.5 Accuracy and Inaccuracy in Perception
4.6 Chapter Summary

Chapter 5. States of Consciousness
5.1 Sleeping and Dreaming Revitalize Us for Action
5.2 Altering Consciousness With Psychoactive Drugs
5.3 Altering Consciousness Without Drugs
5.4 Chapter Summary

Chapter 6. Growing and Developing
6.1 Conception and Prenatal Development
6.2 Infancy and Childhood: Exploring and Learning
6.3 Adolescence: Developing Independence and Identity
6.4 Early and Middle Adulthood: Building Effective Lives
6.5 Late Adulthood: Aging, Retiring, and Bereavement
6.6 Chapter Summary

Chapter 7. Learning
7.1 Learning by Association: Classical Conditioning
7.2 Changing Behavior Through Reinforcement and Punishment: Operant Conditioning
7.3 Learning by In

About the Book

When you teach Introduction to Psychology, do you find it difficult — much harder than teaching classes in statistics or research methods? Do you easily give a lecture on the sympathetic nervous system, a lecture on Piaget, and a lecture on social cognition, but struggle with linking these topics together for the student? Do you feel like you are presenting a laundry list of research findings rather than an integrated set of principles and knowledge? Have you wondered how to ensure your course is relevant to your students? Introduction to Psychology utilizes the dual theme of behavior and empiricism to make psychology relevant to intro students. The author wrote this book to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. Five or ten years from now, he does not expect his students to remember the details of most of what he teaches them. However, he does hope that they will remember that psychology matters because it helps us understand behavior and that our knowledge of psychology is based on empirical study.

This book is designed to facilitate these learning outcomes, and he has used three techniques to help focus students on behavior:

Chapter Openers: Each chapter opens showcasing an interesting real world example of people who dealing with behavioral questions and who can use psychology to help them answer them. The opener is designed to draw the student into the chapter and create an interesting in learning about the topic.

Psychology in Everyday Life: Each chapter contains one or two features designed to link the principles from the chapter to real-world applications in business, environment, health, law, learning, and other relevant domains. For instance, the application in Chapter 7 on Development, ”What makes good parents“ applies the concepts of parenting styles in a mini-handbook about parenting, and the application in Chapter 3 is about the difficulties that left-handed people face performing everyday tasks in a right-handed world.

Research Foci: Introduction to Psychology emphasizes empiricism throughout, but without making it a distraction from the main story line. Each chapter presents two close-ups on research — well articulated and specific examples of research within the content area, each including a summary of the hypotheses, methods, results, and interpretations. This feature provides a continuous thread that reminds students of the importance of empirical research. The research foci also emphasize the fact that findings are not always predictable ahead of time (dispelling the myth of hindsight bias), and also help students understand how research really works. The author's focus on behavior and empiricism has produced, Introduction to Psychology, a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. Now, you don't have to believe us. Check the book out online or order your desk copy today.

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Introduction to Psychology is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.