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Rose Spielman, OpenStax College

Kathryn Dumper, Bainbridge, Georgia

William Jenkins, Macon, Georgia

Copyright Year: 2014

ISBN 13: 9781938168352

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Reina Daugherty, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 12/8/19

This book covers all of the main subjects that should be included in a general psychology course. It even includes a chapter on industrial-organizational psychology, which is now being added to most psychology textbooks. It has a very... read more

Reviewed by Randi Smith, Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 9/2/19

This text provides the basics of introductory psychology in a pared-down, abbreviated style. If you are looking for depth of coverage--and honestly, most intro instructors are not--this book will be disappointing. read more

Reviewed by Kimberli Bontempo, Instructor of Psychology, Aims Community College on 8/1/19

In OER’s text Psychology, editors working through the Openstax platform, introduce the components of Psychology in clear and concise ways that would be expected in an introductory college text. Although the link on the OER site links to an... read more

Reviewed by Megan Lorenz, Assistant Professor, Augustana College on 7/1/19

This book covers all key concepts that are typically covered in Introduction to Psychology textbooks. The glossary at the end of each chapter provides the reader with an easy way to access and review key terms, and the chapter summary that follows... read more

Reviewed by Jessica Murfin, Instructor of Psychology, Western Oregon University on 4/19/19

This text gives comprehensive attention to all of the major areas of psychology typically included in introductory texts. Topics are given a consistent amount of attention and explanation to make them both comprehensible and accessible enough for... read more

Reviewed by Kimberly Brownridge, Psychology Professor, Marian University on 4/10/19

This textbook offers theoretical and impactful knowledge about Psychology. It explains the different theories and overview of general psychology in laymen's terms. I used this textbook in Fall 2018 with high school students taking college... read more

Reviewed by Whitney Storey, Instructor of Psychology, ULL on 4/2/19

This book seems to give a more comprehensive view of certain topics than I have seen in comparison open texts; however, there are certain chapters where a little more information may be useful (e.g., the psychobiological chapter). This can be... read more

Reviewed by Joel Gregor, Assistant Professor, George Fox University on 3/31/19

I think this textbook covers all the major themes that I expect to see in an introductory course text. It is impossible to cover everything, but I think this matches the material I have used in other General Psychology courses. I also like that it... read more

Reviewed by Anika Gearhart, Lecturer, Leeward Community College on 1/18/19

The book covers most of the things an introductory textbook normally covers, but is a bit light in some areas. The chapter on Sensation and Perception, for example, is missing quite a bit of information in the areas on taste and smell. Well it's... read more

Reviewed by Ashley Elliott, Instructor of Psychology, Oakland City University on 1/14/19

The text is comprehensive and provides information that is comparable to a typical Introductory Psychology textbook. read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Parta Arno, Psychology Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College on 6/19/18

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 5/21/18

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 5/21/18

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 3/27/18

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 3/27/18

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 2/1/18

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 2/1/18

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 2/1/18

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 2/1/18

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 6/20/17

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 6/20/17

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 4/11/17

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 8/21/16

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 1/7/16

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 1/7/16

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 6/10/15

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 6/10/15

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


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