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Discover Psychology 2.0: A Brief Introductory Text

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Robert Biswas-Diener

Ed Diener, University of Utah

Pub Date: 2015

Publisher: Noba

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kelly Chang, Professor, George Fox University on 3/30/19

This compilation includes 36 modules specifically chosen to represent general psychology. Noba modules are set up to be flexible, so instructors are able to take some out, edit them, and add more content from over 103 modules in the Noba... read more


Reviewed by Alica Ibaraki, Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University on 3/9/19

As a whole the book is very comprehensive, covering all of the units you would expect in an Introductory Psychology textbook. I actually found, that given the number of modules, there is sometimes more information here than would be a print... read more


Reviewed by Keri Whitacre, Psychology Instructor, West Virginia University Potomac State on 5/21/18

This text covers the traditional topics found in an Introductory Psychology course. The learning objectives are helpful to the student as well as the instructor for course/classroom preparation. read more


Reviewed by Daisy Aceves, Graduate Student Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

This book is pretty comprehensive for being a brief introductory book. While it does not cover everything that a full book may cover, it does a great job of providing supplemental list of references (something that can be incorporated as... read more


Reviewed by Kimberly DuVall, Lecturer, James Madison University on 2/1/18

This text covers all topic areas that are usually taught within a brief version of an introductory psychology text. All topics include relevant authors and up-to-date empirical evidence. Learning objectives at each chapter’s intro are useful in... read more


Reviewed by Georgann Willis , Associate Professor-Psychology, Umpqua Community College on 2/1/18

I think the brain and nervous system lacked a lot of content, especially the role of neurotransmitters in everyday behavior. The developmental section skips from childhood to late adulthood. read more


Reviewed by David Bull, Director, Open Access College, University of Southern Queensland on 2/1/18

This is a comprehensive text covering all the major aspects of introductory psychology. All chapters are well written and provide a very effective overview and reasonable detail for each topic. The photographs and diagrams used throughout... read more


Reviewed by Heather Lum, Assistant Professor, Penn State on 2/1/18

AS the authors state, this book represents the core concepts common in intro courses. In this way, the textbook is comprehensive of the major topics and domains within psychology. It does a nice job of covering most topics in a brief but... read more


Reviewed by David Allbritton, Associate Professor, DePaul University on 8/15/17

The text covers all areas that are typically taught in Introduction to Psychology in the default “Brief Introductory Text” pre-packaged version, and there are many additional modules/chapters that the instructor can choose among to create a... read more


Reviewed by Olya Glantsman, Visiting Professor in Psychology, DePaul University on 8/15/17

The text covers all of the standard areas/topics typical for an introductory textbook. The subject areas are presented in a comprehensive manner without making the chapters too long. I also really enjoyed videos and suggested outside sources. The... read more


Reviewed by Peggy (Virginia) Hull, Dept. Chair/Social Science, Rogue Community College on 8/15/17

I found the book pretty thorough. It did lack some of the bells and whistles that our current book has but could be supplemented by the instructor. It covers all the same material and in some cases adds some info. The presentation int terms of... read more


Reviewed by Sara Sohr-Preston, Assistant Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University on 6/20/17

This textbook (a collection of entries written by top experts in psychology and related fields) covers all major areas of behavioral science I typically include in an introductory course. The topics list is fairly simple to navigate, and the... read more


Reviewed by Julie Luker, Professor, Inver Hills Community College on 12/5/16

This textbook appears to cover many, if not all, of the same areas that are found in traditional textbooks. For each area that is discussed, the text includes relevant authors and studies. read more


Reviewed by Demitrus Ewing, Part-time Instructor, Lane Community College on 8/21/16

The problem with textbooks is that they can’t devote enough time and space to each sub-discipline of psychology that’s needed. With that being said, the book did a good job of including the major areas of psychology, while highlighting many... read more


Reviewed by Samantha Bergmann, Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on 8/21/16

The text is a brief introduction to psychology with 15 units that cover the material traditionally targeted in intro courses. The 15 units hit on the "big" topics that are included in most introductory textbooks including: basic research methods,... read more


Reviewed by Ashley Billig, Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee on 8/21/16

The text covers all major areas of psychology appropriate for an introductory course. However, the table of contents is organized in a way that makes it somewhat difficult to find a specific piece of information. While reviewing, I noted things... read more


Table of Contents

  • Intro to Psychology as a Science
  • Research in Psychology
  • Biology as the Basis of Behavior
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Consciousness
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Cognition, Language & Intelligence
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Therapies
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Health

About the Book

This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory courses. The 15 units cover the traditional areas of intro-to-psychology; ranging from biological aspects of psychology to psychological disorders to social psychology. This book can be modified: feel free to add or remove modules to better suit your specific needs. Each module in this book is accompanied by instructor's manual, PowerPoint presentation, test items, adaptive student quiz, and reading anticipation guide.

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About the Contributors


Robert Biswas-Diener has written a number of books including Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth and The Courage Quotient. He is senior editor for the free-textbook platform, Noba.

Ed Diener is a psychologist, professor, and author. Diener is a professor of psychology at the Universities of Utah and Virginia, and Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois as well as a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization.