Psychology Around Us / Edition 2

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This exciting new textbook for introductory psychology helps to open students’ minds to the idea that psychology is all around us.  Authors RON COMER and LIZ GOULD encourage students to examine what they know about human behaviour and how they know it; and open them up to an appreciation of psychology outside of the classroom. Psychology Around Us helps students see the big picture by stressing the interconnected nature of psychological science.

 Almost every chapter within this first edition helps open students’ minds to comprehend the big picture with sections that highlight how the different fields of psychology are connected to each other and how they connect to everyday life.  This text highlights human development, brain function, abnormal psychology, and the individual differences in each area as cut-across themes to demonstrate these connections.   Also included are two-page art spreads to demonstrate exactly What Happens In The Brain When we engage in everyday activities such as eat pizza, study psychology, or listen to music. The art featured in these spreads have been created especially for Psychology Around Us by an award-winning artist with input from faculty on how it will contribute to teaching and learning.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 322,851
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Psychology: Yesterday and Today.

Chapter 2 Psychology as a Science.

Chapter 3 Human Development.

Chapter 4 Neuroscience.

Chapter 5 Sensation and Perception.

Chapter 6 Consciousness.

Chapter 7 Learning.

Chapter 8 Memory.

Chapter 9 Language and Thought.

Chapter 10 Intelligence.

Chapter 11 Motivation.

Chapter 12 Emotion.

Chapter 13 Personality.

Chapter 14 Social Psychology.

Chapter 15 Stress, Coping, and Health.

Chapter 16 Psychological Disorders and Their Treatments.

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