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Psychology: The Science of Human Potential

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Jeffrey Levy

Pub Date: 2019

Publisher: BCcampus

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jacquelyn Omelian, Assistant Professor of Practice , University of Nebraska - Lincoln on 12/6/19

This book gives a brief but comprehensive overview of the subjects typical of an Introductory Psychology course. It goes beyond the typical Intro text by offering students opportunities to engage in personal reflection and consideration of their... read more


Reviewed by Ashley Elliott, Instructor of Psychology, Oakland City University on 10/22/19

This textbook is meant to be more concise that the average textbook. I kept going back and forth between a 4 and 5 but decided to go with a 5 because the overall goal of the book seemed to be to share the most elementary pieces in order to allow... read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology
  • Chapter 2: Biology and Human Potential
  • Chapter 3: Sensation, Perception and Human Potential
  • Chapter 4: Emotion, Motivation and Human Potential
  • Chapter 5: Direct Learning and Human Potential
  • Chapter 6: Indirect Learning and Human Potential
  • Chapter 7: Cognition, Intelligence and Human Potential
  • Chapter 8: Lifespan Development of Human Potential
  • Chapter 9: Personality and Human Potential
  • Chapter 10: Social Influences on the Development of Human Potential
  • Chapter 11: Problems in the Development of Human Potential
  • Chapter 12: The Science of Psychology and Human Potential

About the Book

The first chapter provides an overview of the textbook and reviews the history of psychology and its methodology. Psychology is described as a science studying how hereditary (nature) and experiential (nurture) variables interact to influence the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals. The remainder of the text will be organized in sections entitled “Mostly Nature” (Biological Psychology; Sensation & Perception; Motivation & Emotion), “Mostly Nurture” (Direct Learning; Indirect Learning (i.e., observational learning and language); Cognition), and “Nature/Nurture” (Human Development; Personality; Social Psychology; Maladaptive Behavior; Professional Psychology and Human Potential).

About the Contributors


Jeffrey C. Levy’s professional career at Seton Hall University maybe divided into three stages, BC, DC, and AC (before, during, and after his 24-year term as chair of the Department of Psychology). Frequently recognized for teaching excellence, he received the Deans Advisory Council’s Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sears-Roebuck Award for College Teaching and Campus Leadership. He was twice nominated by Seton Hall for National CASE Professor of the Year recognition. Trained as an experimental psychologist with interests in behavior modification, Levy regularly taught the undergraduate Learning course with and without a related animal laboratory and a graduate course in Behavior Modification. He is author of Adaptive Learning and the Human Condition, published by Pearson in 2013.