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Psychology

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Multiple Authors, OpenStax College

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 9781938168352

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jennifer Parta Arno, Psychology Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College on 6/20/18

For an introductory course meant to be comprehensive over a wide range of topics this text seems to do a good job in engaging the student and providing enough depth for interest/learning but not too much to overwhelm. All major topic areas appear... read more

 

Reviewed by Alishia Huntoon, Associate Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology on 5/22/18

This textbook covers all relevant chapters for the introductory psychology classes at my institution, which allowed us to successfully and easily adopt it. If you are looking for less traditional chapters, such as gender and human sexuality, you... read more

 

Reviewed by Kate Votaw, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis on 5/22/18

While a few specific subtopics were a little light on details, the book covered all of the major areas typically taught in a general psychology class evenly. read more

 

Reviewed by Noah MacKenzie, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati on 3/28/18

This book does virtually everything one would want an intro psych book to do, hitting all the major content areas within Psychology, including I/O psych (something of a rarity). It even has a section on auditory localization, which is one of my... read more

 

Reviewed by M McCarty, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/28/18

In general, this Psychology textbook is comprehensive. It covers the topics one would expect in an Introduction to Psychology course. The index is accessible, and key terms are defined at the end of each chapter. Upon closer inspection there... read more

 

Reviewed by Carrie Fried, Professor, Winona State University on 2/2/18

Many areas covered well, but there are some topics that are typically of interest to students that are really too brief & skimpy. These include things like functions of cerebral cortex, dreaming, opioid addiction. There is no mention of... read more

 

Reviewed by Christyn Dolbier, Associate Professor, East Carolina University on 2/2/18

The book is as or more comprehensive than other publisher-provided Introductory Psychology textbooks I have used, and more comprehensive than another open access Introductory Psychology textbook I have used. The topics commonly covered in... read more

 

Reviewed by Christina Fitzpatrick, Graduate Student Instructor of Record, Miami University on 2/2/18

To be honest I was surprised by the comprehensiveness of this textbook. At first I had a negative perception of open resources as texts that were thrown together without much care or organization. I was completely wrong. The comprehensiveness of... read more

 

Reviewed by Andrew Wrobel, Adjunct Professor, Rhode Island College on 2/2/18

This text covers all of the significant aspects of psychology that psychology and other students should have as they move forward in their education. The depth of coverage for each content area is appropriate for students who have never delved... read more

 

Reviewed by Beth Cooper, Senior Lecturer, University of Tennessee on 6/21/17

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

 

Reviewed by Christy Porter, Senior Lecturer, PSYC, and neuroscience faculty affiliate, College of William and Mary on 6/21/17

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 Science. These courses serve as requirements for PSYC majors & minors, NSCI majors, and as... read more

 

Reviewed by Nora Gibbons, Instructor, Saint Paul College: A Community and Technical College on 4/12/17

The text covers all of the standard introductory psychology chapters and content. Infrequently, minor, anticipated content is not included (e.g., the serial position effect is not present in the memory chapter), though this can usually be easily... read more

 

Reviewed by Mike Harman, Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on 8/22/16

Similar to the vast majority of introductory texts, this textbook covers all major areas within the science of psychology. The main concepts are nicely illustrated and discussed within the respective chapters. Beyond covering the "basics," this... read more

 

Reviewed by Virginia Clinton, Instructor, University of North Dakota on 1/8/16

The book does a good job of covering the main areas of psychology. Obviously, no book, especially an introductory textbook can cover everything, but I don't see that critical areas of interest to an introductory audience are missing. read more

 

Reviewed by John Holden, Associate Professor, Winona State University on 1/8/16

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 health psychology/stress/motivation and a added plus of a chapter on industrial/organizational... read more

 

Reviewed by Karen Pikula, Psychology Instructor PhD, Central Lakes College on 6/11/15

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 and the glossary is arranged as end of chapter key terms located at the end of each chapter. I... read more

 

Reviewed by Lynn Coffey, Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College on 6/11/15

The text consists of highly agreed upon content that is typically included in a general psychology textbook and presented in a common order. One chapter stands out that is not commonly included is Chapter 13, Industrial/Organizational Psychology.... 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

Psychologyis 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

Author

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