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The fourth edition of this best-selling text brings students up-to-date with the latest in psychology. Its central, guiding principle of active learning encourages students to think critically, work through problems logically, and make connections with the real world. In addition to the earlier editions' time-tested coverage of all the basics, the new edition features over 800 new citations from 1994-1996 and new and expanded coverage on industrial/organizational psychology, repressed memory, brain efficiency and neural pruning, language and animal language, melatonin, nicotine addiction, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

An introductory college level text last revised 1994 based on the SQ4R Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review, and "wRite" method. Teeming with helpful learning aids including outlines, illustrative vignettes, review questions, and ample color illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is the ninth edition of a popular introductory textbook in psychology. This edition brings with it new research, greater emphasis on real-world applications of psychology, APA-linked learning objectives, and gender and cultural diversity examples.
Purpose: As the field of psychology evolves, so must the textbooks that we use to teach the next generation of psychologists and mental health providers. Typically, most college-level texts are revised and updated every 3 to 4 years to keep up with the changing literature and advances in the field. The author of this textbook has a strong appreciation and understanding of psychology. She is a tremendous educator and writer, which is consistently demonstrated in this latest edition.
Audience: As a college-level textbook, it is targeted at college-age students enrolled in introductory psychology. Instructors will find the book easy to use and the presentation of the material straightforward with real-world examples to aid in teaching. The author, a long-time educator and prolific writer, provides a solid foundation for students with this updated edition.
Features: The first 16 chapters cover the major areas of focus in introductory psychology. Two additional chapters (17 and 18) are available upon request and cover industrial/organizational psychology and psychology at work in the global economy. Among the many new features is Psychology at Work, which introduces students to how psychology affects their everyday lives and promotes careers in psychology. The APA-linked learning objectives outline the 10 major areas the APA has determined as learning outcomes in introductory psychology. This edition includes new sections on gender and cultural diversity along with critical thinking/active learning exercises. As with many introductory psychology texts, the discussion of psychopharmacological treatments in chapter 15 could be stronger; however, this is much improved from the eighth edition.
Assessment: This is an excellent textbook for introductory psychology.
From the Publisher
"In this textbook, Huffman (Palomar College) introduces students to the basic foundations of psychology by incorporating life applications and active learning." (Book News Inc, November 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471394952
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: 6th Edition, Active Learning Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Huffman, Palomar College
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Active Learning Edition
Prologue: Critical Thinking/Active Learning
Module 1 Understanding Psychology 4
Module 2 Doing Research in Psychology 10
Module 3 Perspectives in Psychology 32
Module 4 Tools for Student Success 41
Module 5 Biological Foundations 54
Module 6 A Tour Through the Brain 69
Module 7 Genetics and Evolution 86
Module 8 Stress and Its Role in Health 98
Module 9 Stress and Serious Illness 108
Module 10 Coping with Stress 114
Module 11 Health Psychology in Action 120
Module 12 Sensation 132
Module 13 Perception 151
Module 14 Consciousness and Sleep and Dreams 176
Module 15 Drugs and Other Routes to ASCs 194
Module 16 Classical Conditioning 218
Module 17 Operant Conditioning 229
Module 18 Cognitive-Social Learning 244
Module 19 Neuroscience and Evolution 249
Module 20 What Is Memory? 258
Module 21 Memory Failures 277
Module 22 Thinking 300
Module 23 Language 313
Module 24 Intelligence 321
Module 25 Topics in Development 342
Module 26 Cognitive Development 363
Module 27 Moral and Personality Development 378
Module 28 Additional Influences on Development 388
Module 29 Sex and Gender 406
Module 30 Sexual Behavior and Problems 419
Module 31 Motivation 438
Module 32 Emotion 455
Module 33 Personality Assessment 474
Module 34 Trait Theories 480
Module 35 Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Theories 486
Module 36 Other Major Theories 498
Module 37 Studying Psychological Disorders 512
Module 38 Anxiety Disorders 522
Module 39 Mood Disorders 528
Module 40 Schizophrenia 534
Module 41 Other Disorders 544
Module 42 Therapy Essentials 556
Module 43 Biomedical Therapies 560
Module 44 Psychotherapy 566
Module 45 Issues in Therapy 585
Module 46 Our Thoughts About Others 598
Module 47 Our Feelings About Others 604
Module 48 Our Actions Toward Others 616
App. A Statistics and Psychology
App. B: Answers to Review Questions
Photo Credits
Text and Illustration Credits
Name Index
Subject Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Can't read it on nook! Waste of my money!

    Can't read it on nook! Waste of my money!

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    Posted September 10, 2012


    can not even read on the NOOK???? and they call it NOOK STUDY??

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Definitely Recommended.

    I know this isn't in relation to the book, but I'd like to start by saying that the shipping was really fast. The book arrived in almost perfect condition, however, there was a bit of a large scratch on the front of the cover, but I don't mind all the much.

    As far as the book goes, I am really liking this textbook. It's really easy to follow and comprehend and so far, I have an A in this class thanks to how well the contents are organized. When taking an open book test, it's really easy to find keywords because of how the book is formatted, so I hope others are as lucky to get a use a textbook this awesome. (:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    The Best Psychology Book

    I was really upset when I found out that my Psychology teacher had change the text book for the semester... untill our first assignment. This textbook is really easy to follow and very interesting. I give it the five stars that it deserved

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