General Psychology: An Introduction
Copyright Year: 2015
Publisher: University System of Georgia
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In general, a fairly comprehensive set of Noba modules that cover the range of key topics in intro psych. The notable exception is a sufficiently comprehensive coverage of gender. Within the developmental chapters, it would be nice to have some... read more
In general, a fairly comprehensive set of Noba modules that cover the range of key topics in intro psych. The notable exception is a sufficiently comprehensive coverage of gender. Within the developmental chapters, it would be nice to have some discussion of aging (although the section on Psychopharmacology and the elderly is helpful) and there is only one sentence to Vygotsky's social constructivist theory in cognitive development, an unfortunate omission of a critical topic. I wish the Conditioning & Learning chapter paid greater attention to types of operant conditioning (there's a lot of depth for classical conditioning but negative reinforcement isn't even mentioned).
Overall, the content is largely accurate. There is some oversimplification of topics - for example, the discussion of implicit beliefs about intelligence in the Intelligence chapter presents a much stronger statement of this research than has been found of late, and seems to hint at multiple intelligences.
Generally up to date and current. The majority of links I clicked through the "Outside Resources" sections were still functional with just a few exceptions that had broken links.
Some chapters were more digestible than others (for example, the chapter on Conditioning & Learning, while thorough, was a bit dense to navigate).
There's nothing overtly contradictory between chapters.
The selected chapters are a nice way to condense the massive Noba module option, and seem to align well. I noted once instance of the text referring to the "section on replication" but it was unclear what section this was, or if it's included within this collection.
Logically organized in a manner that begins with more micro-level processes and ending with more macro concepts.
The "Box" sections are not accessible to readers with visual impairments; they are presented as images rather than text that can be read with screen readers.
Minor grammatical issues in some of the Discussion Questions but nothing too overt.
Unfortunately, this is the biggest weakness. Race & ethnicity are sparsely mentioned in a few chapters, the section on sex differences in "Hormones & Behavior" ignores intersex and transgender populations, and the use of gender binary language such as "she/her" or "his or her" is common throughout the text (inconsistent with APA 7th edition language requirements on the use of the singular "they"). Chapters varied in sufficiently addressing cultural concepts.
The Discussion Question sections are a bit of a "hit and miss" throughout this collection - some chapters didn't have any, other chapters had good questions, and a few chapters had discussion questions that were really lower-level recall questions rather than prompts to spark discussion. I really wish more figures with data were provided throughout the text to facilitate students' practice in data literacy, as opposed to figures with stock images.
Overall, the main content of Intro Psych is covered. There is no chapter on gender and sexuality though. One chapter on Hormones and Behavior touches on some sex differences, but is just focused on biology. There is a glossary for each chapter.... read more
Overall, the main content of Intro Psych is covered. There is no chapter on gender and sexuality though. One chapter on Hormones and Behavior touches on some sex differences, but is just focused on biology. There is a glossary for each chapter. Definition are good for the most part, though limited at times. Each chapter covers the big concepts of each topic, but lacks depth at times. I would definitely use supplemental materials if adopting this text. Each chapter also has a list of additional online resources, which is awesome! I was a little disappointed to not see the biopsychosocial model applied to content in each chapter, since that is something I work on all semester with my students. It leads to more critical thinking about content.
The content was accurate and each chapter cited reputable sources. There was one minor instance of a concept being misrepresented. No bias was noted.
Research and examples were relevant and will continue to be applicable without immediate update.
Overall, the text is written in clear, simple language. Descriptions of concepts are concise and easy to understand. There were some sections that got a little jargon heavy for me and I think a little more context/applicable examples would have helped.
No inconsistencies noted.
Text is broken down into chapters with smaller chunks labeled with subheadings. Some chapters contained numbered subsections.
Overall, the text is logically organized. There were a few things I didn't get though. There's a separate subchapter about inattentional blindness under the memory chapter, which seems unnecessary and misplaced. There was also a separate subchapter about eyewitness memory, which also seemed unnecessary. I didn't really understand the subchapter separation in general. It would make more sense to just have section headings under one umbrella chapter, especially since the chapters are not long.
A few minor spacing issues noted. No visuals at all in Chapter 1! Not an engaging beginning! Visuals were included in the remaining chapters, though they weren't always meaningful. I viewed the text in a downloaded PDF. Key terms are linked and if you click on them, it takes you to the definition in the glossary. However, you can't easily go back to where you were just reading if you click on it, which is a pain. You have to scroll back up through the chapter and try to find your place. One chapter referenced "an image to the left" but the image was actually on the previous page. Font was easy to read and there was minimal visual clutter on the page.
No grammatical errors noted. (There was one reference page though where they did not follow the APA formatting rule of italicizing the journal titles!)
Chapter 1 has a specific objective to look at the role of women and people of color in psychology. Culture is specifically discussed in a few chapters, but not consistently in each chapter. Nothing insensitive was noted, but the majority of pictures used were of white people.
There are some descriptions of concepts that I thought were great and that would facilitate student understanding. However, I would have to use supplemental materials and articles if I were to adopt this text because there are some parts that are lacking.
The textbook covers a lot of ground, but is done in a very logical and progressive manner. Each chapter builds from the other, but at the same time is not reliant on the previous or next chapter. It was well written, not complicated, but... read more
The textbook covers a lot of ground, but is done in a very logical and progressive manner. Each chapter builds from the other, but at the same time is not reliant on the previous or next chapter. It was well written, not complicated, but straightforward and easy to comprehend. I particularly like that each chapter has it's own bibliography, outside resources for additional information and vocabulary lists.
Overall found the book accurate, but was concerned by two figures on page 88. These were a bit offensive with the topic relayed in a more sophisticated manner. The figures also appeared a bit racial and in a negative light. This, unfortunately, may determine my use of this book. Hopefully it can be amended.
Since it covers history of psychology it has great relevance. The examples are helpful in illustrating the author's point. In our rapidly changing culture, some current associations may not be fully accurate any longer, such as how either sex responds in certain situations. It did not include transgender responses. The format of the book will lend itself well to updates in any chapter without causing distortion of the next chapter.
The text was very clearly written, quite straightforward, but not overly simplified. The addition of the vocabulary words is helpful for students to build their vocabulary of psychological terms.
As noted earlier, each chapter related well to the others, allowing for consistency of the information presented. One chapter did not contradict another. The terminology was explained well and used well throughout the text.
This text was extremely well sectioned, allowing not only each chapter to be stand-alone, but within the chapter, broken into flowing partitions that connected well to other aspects of the subtopics.
This text presents the material in a logical order and is well-organized. I particularly appreciated that each chapter had, not only a bibliography, but outside resources and vocabulary terminology. For learning purposes, it streamlines learning; For testing purposes, this is a wonderful assist!
The text is easily navigated and clearly identified for the various subjects approached. Some of the images and charts could be reworked. Unfortunately some of the logic of the book becomes lost in trying to figure out what the figure is actually portraying, particularly the charts and figures attempting to relay information about how male and female behavior differ.
I did not find grammatical errors in this text. There was a good flow in reading the material.
As noted previously, the figures on page 88 seemed insensitive and not well considered. The text touched upon prejudice in Chapter 15, however it was not interwoven in the book in relaying general psychological outlooks. My thoughts are mixed on this, since it was not intended to be a book about ethnic or racial comparisons, however there are some realities that are important to consider, as well as socioeconomic differences in general regardless of ethnicity and race. I would like to have seen this addressed, at least in part.
Overall I liked this book very much and would consider using it for my class. I would want my concerns addressed first and look forward to the next revision.
The book has nicely covered all topics for a typical introduction to psychology textbook. read more
The book has nicely covered all topics for a typical introduction to psychology textbook.
I find the context of the book to be excellent. It is easy to read, well organized, and extremely informative.
The text seems very well researched and comprehensive. I believe that updates can be made easily advancing to a new edition if needed to.
The text follows typical textbook jargon for an introductory psychology text. Proper terminology is used, that should be easily understood by introduction to psychology students and/or the layman person.
Very well written regarding terminology used throughout the text.
The text is easy to follow and can be read and understood no matter which chapter one may start at.
The text is very well organized, and again should be easily understood by introduction to psychology students or the layman person.
The text is easy to follow. Charts/images are appropriate and give a nice visual that explains some of the key concepts.
Text is written in a well worded fashion, as appropriate for this kind of textbook.
Based on the different topics that are covered in the text, I found that it touched appropriately on many of the different cultural and diverse topics that are included in such a text.
One thing that I wanted to point out is that in the "Psychological Disorder" chapter, the author(s) referenced to people with psychological disorders as "sufferers". I would refrain from the term "sufferer". Not everyone with a psychological disorder/ailment suffers. I think it would be more appropriate to say, "the person with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder..... and so forth.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: The Origins of Psychology
- Chapter 2: The Methods of Psychology
- Chapter 3: Biological Psychology
- Chapter 4: Sensation & Perception
- Chapter 5: Learning & Behavior
- Chapter 6: States of Consciousness
- Chapter 7: Memory
- Chapter 8: Motivation
- Chapter 9: Stress & Health
- Chapter 10: Cognition: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
- Chapter 11: Human Development
- Chapter 12: Personality
- Chapter 13: Psychological Disorders
- Chapter 14: Therapy
- Chapter 15: Social Psychology
About the Book
The NOBA Project is a growing collection of expert-authored, open-licensed modules in psychology, funded by the Diener Education Fund. From these open modules, Tori Kearns and Deborah Lee created an arranged open textbook for her introductory psychology class. This textbook was created under a Round One ALG Textbook Transformation Grant.
About the Contributors
Tori Kearns, East Georgia State College
Deborah Lee, East Georgia State College