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Introduction to Psychology

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Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781946135131

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by Dr.Aradhana Mehta, Adjunct Faculty, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI on 6/20/18

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 easy to understand and presented in a great manner. There are 14 chapters in total giving a... read more

 

Reviewed by Troy Ertelt, Instructor, Lake Superior College on 5/22/18

Provides comprehensive coverage read more

 

Reviewed by Kendra Miller, Psychology Instructor, Anoka-Ramsey Community College on 6/21/17

I compared this textbook with the textbook I currently use, "Discovering Psychology, 7th edition," by Hockenbury, Nolan, and Hockenbury. The textbook I currently use has only 14 chapters and two Appendices. I have seen textbooks with more... read more

 

Reviewed by Troy Pilgrim, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College on 4/12/17

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

 

Reviewed by Michelle Shelton, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 4/12/17

This book provides the content and information that many general psychology textbooks do. In comparing it with three other general psychology textbooks I have used over the years, it is equal to all of them in terms of the topics covered and the... read more

 

Reviewed by Vanessa Washington, Adjuct Instructor , Concordia University, Portland on 2/16/17

This textbook covers a large range of subjects within the field of psychology; however, some chapters were shortened and brief in their coverage, while others were thorough and extensive in depth of material. Some aspects of the material did not... read more

 

Reviewed by Dr. Natikca Robinson, Associate Professor, J Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 2/9/17

This book covers all the chapters needed to give students an understanding of psychology. The chapters are of adequate length and relates to life situations. The concepts in each chapter are explained in a way which is easier for students to... read more

 

Reviewed by Beth Dietz, Professor, Miami University on 8/22/16

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 chapter on stress and coping. The book starts with an introductory chapter that includes the... read more

 

Reviewed by Mary Ann Woodman, Adjunct Professor, Rogue Community College on 8/22/16

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 students can begin to practice a more healthy lifestyle and learn how to manage stress and anxiety. ... read more

 

Reviewed by Mike Mensink, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout on 8/22/16

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 version, located at... read more

 

Reviewed by Donna Weber, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout on 1/8/16

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 the perspective of a college freshman. Some may be psychology majors, however most will not. ... read more

 

Reviewed by Stephanie Judson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University on 1/13/15

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 industrial/organizational psychology nor an introduction to essential statistical knowledge and less... read more

 

Reviewed by Linda Lee, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University on 7/16/14

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 of discussion on certain topics (i.e. motivation) is lacking. I am a developmental psychologist... read more

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Poole, Chair, Department of Psychology, Langara College on 10/10/13

In the author’s preface, he states that the typical length of introductory psychology textbooks serves as a detriment to student learning. Consistent with his concern, his text is not as comprehensive as others I have used to teach introductory... read more

 

Reviewed by Denise Iacobucci, Faculty, Camosun College on 10/10/13

When conducting this review I compared this text to four other introductory textbooks (Gerrig, Zimbardo, Desmarais, & Ivanco, 2010; Myers, 2013; Passer, Smith, Atkinson, Mitchell, & Muir, 2011; Schacter, Gilbert, & Wegner,2013). The... 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

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.