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About Psychology

Psychology is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

Coverage and Scope

This book is designed to make psychology, as a discipline, interesting and accessible to students research and examples that represent and include the various sociocultural backgrounds of the many students who take this course. The result is a book that covers the breadth of psychology topics with variety and depth that promote student engagement. The organization and pedagogical features were developed and vetted with feedback from psychology educators dedicated to the project.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychology

  • Chapter 2: Psychological Research

  • Chapter 3: Biopsychology

  • Chapter 4: States of Consciousness

  • Chapter 5: Sensation and Perception

  • Chapter 6: Learning

  • Chapter 7: Thinking and Intelligence

  • Chapter 8: Memory

  • Chapter 9: Lifespan Development

  • Chapter 10: Motivation and Emotion

  • Chapter 11: Personality

  • Chapter 12: Social Psychology

  • Chapter 13: Industrial-Organizational Psychology

  • Chapter 14: Stress, Lifestyle, and Health

  • Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders

  • Chapter 16: Therapy and Treatment {: data-bullet-style=“bullet”}

Pedagogical Foundation

Throughout Psychology, you will find features that draw the students into psychological inquiry by taking selected topics a step further.

  • Everyday Connection features tie psychological topics to everyday issues and behaviors that students encounter in their lives and the world. Topics include the validity of scores on college entrance exams, advertising and associative learning, and cognitive mapping.

  • What Do You Think? features provide research-based information and ask students their views on controversial issues. Topics include “Brain Dead and on Life Support,” “Hooters and BFOQ Laws,” and “Intellectually Disabled Criminals and Capital Punishment.”

  • Dig Deeper features discuss one specific aspect of a topic in greater depth so students can dig more deeply into the concept. Examples include a discussion on the distinction between evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics, an analysis of the increasing prevalence rate of ADHD, and a presentation of research on strategies for coping with prejudice and discrimination.

  • Connect the Concepts features revisit a concept learned in another chapter, expanding upon it within a different context. Features include “Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Expression of Emotions,” “Tweens, Teens, and Social Norms,” and “Conditioning and OCD.”

Art, Interactives, and Assessments That Engage

Our art program is designed to enhance students’ understanding of psychological concepts through simple, effective graphs, diagrams, and photographs. Psychology also incorporates links to relevant interactive exercises and animations that help bring topics to life. Selected assessment items touch directly on students’ lives.

  • Link to Learning features direct students to online interactive exercises and animations that add a fuller context to core content and provide an opportunity for application.

  • Personal Application Questions engage students in topics at a personal level to encourage reflection and promote discussion.

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About the Authors

Senior Contributing Authors

Rose M. Spielman (Content Lead)* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

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.

Kathryn Dumper, Bainbridge State College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

William Jenkins, Mercer University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Arlene Lacombe, Saint Joseph’s University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Marilyn Lovett, Livingstone College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Marion Perlmutter, University of Michigan


Daniel Bellack, Trident Technical College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Jerimy Blowers, Cayuga Community College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Salena Brody, Collin College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Bettina Casad, University of Missouri–St. Louis* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Sharon Chacon, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Barbara Chappell, Walden University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

James Corpening* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Frank Eyetsemitan, Roger Williams University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Tamara Ferguson, Utah State University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Kathleen Flannery, Saint Anselm College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Johnathan Forbey, Ball State University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Laura Gaudet, Chadron State College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

William Goggin, University of Southern Mississippi* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Jeffery K. Gray, Charleston Southern University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Mark Holder, University of British Columbia* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Rita Houge, Des Moines Area Community College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Colette Jacquot, Strayer University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

John Johanson, Winona State University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Andrew Johnson, Park University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Shaila Khan, Tougaloo College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Carol Laman, Houston Community College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Thomas Malloy, Rhode Island College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Jan Mendoza, Golden West College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Christopher Miller, University of Minnesota* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Lisa Moeller, Beckfield College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Hugh Riley, Baylor University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Juan Salinas, University of Texas at Austin* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Brittney Schrick, Southern Arkansas University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Phoebe Scotland, College of the Rockies* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Christine Selby, Husson University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Brian Sexton, Kean University* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Nancy Simpson, Trident Technical College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Robert Stennett, University of Georgia* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Jennifer Stevenson, Ursinus College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Eric Weiser, Curry College* * * {: data-type=“newline”}

Valjean Whitlow, American Public University

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