Psychology Around Us / Edition 2

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Comer and Gould's Psychology Around Us demonstrates the many-often surprising, always fascinating-intersections of psychology with students' day-to-day lives. Every chapter includes sections on human development, brain function, individual differences and abnormal psychology that occur in that area. These "cut-across" sections highlight how the different fields of psychology are connected to each other and how they connect to everyday life.

Every chapter begins with a vignette that shows the power of psychology in understanding a whole range of human behavior. This theme is reinforced throughout the chapter in boxed readings and margin notes that celebrate the extraordinary processes that make the everyday possible and make psychology both meaningful and relevant. The text presents psychology as a unified field the understanding of which flows from connecting its multiple subfields and reinforces the fact that psychology is a science with all that this implies (research methodology, cutting edge studies, the application of critical thinking).

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This second edition of an introductory psychology textbook includes new research, new pedagogical tools, new chapters on psychological disorders and their treatment, chapter-opening vignettes, guided learning objectives, practical examples and applications, helpful study tools, online self-assessments, and linked media assets.
Purpose: The authors are well aware of the need for a textbook that keeps up with the discipline of psychology and the lives of students. The authors have a number of goals for their book, but the one that stands out is helping students appreciate that all human behavior is fascinating, and to engender the same excitement in students for a course in psychology as they have for an abnormal psychology course. They succeed in creating a book that gets students thinking beyond the book and the classroom setting to appreciate the vast field of psychology.
Audience: This is a college-level textbook for students enrolled in introductory psychology. Instructors will find it easy to use, with its straightforward presentation and real-world examples. Both authors are well respected and continue to have a strong presence not just in introductory psychology, but in abnormal psychology and neuroscience.
Features: The 16 well-written and focused chapters cover the major areas of introductory psychology. There are many new features, including "Your Brain and Behavior Layouts" and "Psychology Around Us." As the book was published shortly before the release of DSM-5 in May 2013, it highlights DSM-IV-TR. The book is well rounded and clearly provides a solid base for both critical thinking and applied psychology.
Assessment: There are many introductory psychology textbooks on the market, but few that combine both a solid scientific base and real-world applicability. The authors have found that winning combination and have created a second edition better than their first.
From the Publisher
"Comer and Gould (both psychology, Princeton U.) offer an introductory textbook designed to interest students in all aspects of psychology rather than just the exotic abnormal behavior that tends to fascinate them." (Book News Inc, November 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118012079
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 261,117
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Psychology: Yesterday and Today 3

CHAPTER 2 Psychology as a Science 35

CHAPTER 3 Human Development 61

CHAPTER 4 Neuroscience 113

CHAPTER 5 Sensation and Perception 149

CHAPTER 6 Consciousness 189

CHAPTER 7 Learning 229

CHAPTER 8 Memory 269

CHAPTER 9 Language and Thought 313

CHAPTER 10 Intelligence 349

CHAPTER 11 Motivation 391

CHAPTER 12 Emotion, Stress, and Health 427

CHAPTER 13 Personality 483

CHAPTER 14 Social Psychology 523

CHAPTER 15 Psychological Disorders 567

CHAPTER 16 Treatment of Psychological Disorders 615

Appendix A-1

Glossary G-1

References R-1

Text and Illustration Credits T-1

Photo Credits P-1

Name Index NI-1

Subject Index SI-1

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