Fundamentals of Psychology: The Brain, The Person, The World / Edition 2

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Designed for undergraduate courses in introductory psychology and general psychology at both two- and four-year schools.


This innovative 13-chapter text examines psychological issues from the levels of the brain, person, and social world in order to help students actively apply psychology to their lives.

Through their own research, clinical work, and experiences as teachers, Stephen Kosslyn and Robin Rosenberg have found that exploring psychology from multiple perspectives further enhances learning. Examining psychological concepts from the levels of the brain (biological factors), the person (beliefs, desires, and feelings) and the world (social, cultural, and environmental factors) and their interactions helps students organize and integrate topics within and across chapters and actively apply psychology to their lives

This briefer version combines the introductory chapter with research methods, consciousness with stress/health coverage, and cognition with intelligence for three fewer chapters than the comprehensive Kosslyn/Rosenberg text. It also features end-of-chapter practice tests to aid students in mastering concepts.


  • Integrates the field and brings psychology into focus for students by examining concepts through the lenses of the brain, the person, and the world. The popular "Looking at Levels" feature engages students by exploring some aspect of psychology through these three lenses.
  • Features student-friendly learning tools, including built in study aids such as Looking Ahead section preview questions, Sum it Up interim summaries(organized around preview questions), Let's Review chapter summaries, key terms lists, and end-of-chapter Practice Tests all which help students focus in on the core concepts. Hands On demonstrations of psychological phenomena also bring psychological principles to life through application and participation.
  • Includes a high-interest chapter story that begins each chapter and is revisited throughout, providing a framework for the chapter's discussion of relevant psychological theories and research. These stories allow students to see how the psychological material covered in the chapter might apply to people outside of a psychological laboratory and they also make the material more interesting and applicable to their lives, thus facilitating learning and remembering.
  • Includes instructive art, thoughtfully placed throughout the text, making the text particularly helpful for visual learners. For example, classic experiments are described and visually displayed as multi-panel illustrations, helping students better understand and remember these studies through showing and telling.
  • Unique Appendix B: How to Read, Critically Evaluate, and Write Research Papers walks students through the APA format, helping them understand 1) how a research study is designed and reported, 2) how to write their own research papers, and 3) how to think critically about psychological studies encountered in popular culture.
  • Features well-known and highly regarded authors: Stephen Kosslyn is professor of psychology at Harvard University where he is currently "head tutor," supervising graduate students who teach the introductory psychology course. Dr. Kosslyn's research has focused on the nature of visual mental imagery and visual communication. Robin Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has taught introductory psychology at Lesley College.

New to this Edition

  • Contains thoroughly revised material and hundreds of new references throughout, balancing the most up-to-date research with important classical studies.
  • Includes four new chapter-opening stories, giving the new edition a fresh look and feel.
  • Features an attractive new design, resulting in unsurpassed clarity and enhanced visual appeal. More photos, figures, and subheadings make material easier to process and more user-friendly.
  • TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE: MyPsychLab is an exciting new learning and teaching tool designed to increase student success in the classroom and provide instructors with every resource needed to teach and administer an introductory psychology course. Designed to be used as a supplement to a traditional lecture course or to completely administer an online course, MyPsychLab features a text-specific e-book matching the exact layout of the printed textbook with multimedia and assessment icons in the margins. These icons launch to exciting resources simulations, animations, video clips, audio explanations, activities, controlled assessments, and profiles of prominent psychologists to expand upon the key topics students encounter as they read the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205415052
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/9/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Psychology: Yesterday and Today.

2. The Biology of Mind and Behavior: The Brain in Action.

3. Sensation and Perception: How the World Enters the Mind.

4. Learning: How Experience Changes Us.

5. Memory: Living with Yesterday.

6. Language, Thinking, and Intelligence: What Humans Do Best.

7. Emotion and Motivation: Feeling and Striving.

8. Personality: Vive la Difference!

9. Psychology Over the Life Span: Growing Up, Growing Older, Growing Wiser.

10. Stress, Health, and Coping: Dealing With Life.

11. Psychological Disorders: More Than Everyday Problems.

12. Treatment: Healing Actions, Healing Words.

13. Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds.

Appendix A: Statistics.

Appendix B: How to Read, Critically Evaluate, and Write Research Papers.

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