Introduction to Psychology

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Pub Date: 2015

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Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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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 learning. Consistent … read more

 

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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, 2013; … read more

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 http://open.lib.umn.edu/intropsyc/ version as well as the updated 2.1 … read more

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

Table of Contents

Publisher Information
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Dedication
Preface

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

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.

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.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Unnamed Author is professor and associate chair of psychology within the Social, Decisional, and Organizational Sciences Specialty Area at the University of Maryland. He has also taught at the New School for Social Research, Michigan State University, and at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He received his BA from Beloit College in 1973 and his PhD from New York University in 1986. Unnamed Author is the recipient of research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the National Science Foundation. He has published seven books and over 70 research articles and book chapters and has served as an associate editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. He is a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society. He has served as the chair of the executive committee and is currently executive officer for the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Unnamed Author’s research interests concern the development of stereotypes and prejudice and their influences upon individuals who are potential victims of discrimination. Unnamed Author regularly teaches Social Psychology, Research Methods, and at the graduate level, Fundamentals of Social Psychology and Group Processes. Unnamed Author is chair of the undergraduate committee in the psychology department and has won the distinguished teaching award from the University of Maryland. Unnamed Author also serves as the chair of the department’s human subjects committee.