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This book offers a broad exploration of classic and contemporary research on current and emerging topics in the field of psychology. Investigates the "how's" and "why's" of research methods presented, and offers frequent examination of the validity of conclusions drawn. Presents information in a lively conversational style. Investigates behavioral issues surrounding things like gender and sexual orientation, economic status, cultural diversity, motivation and emotion, and workplace issues relate to the study of psychology. Compares findings of psychological research with widely held popular beliefs. For readers interested in learning psychological concepts, examining the research methods and outcomes, and understanding the impact of these issues on everyday life.
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An introductory text designed to be engaging and relevant, stressing practical applications of psychological research, research methods, a historical perspective, and human diversity. Coverage follows a standard sequence, beginning with the nature of psychology and its biological foundations and ending with maladaptive behaviors, therapy, and social psychology. One chapter not always found in other texts is a chapter on sex and gender. Pedagogical aids include chapter overviews, sections on the cultural and diversity perspective in each chapter, and highlighted information on myth versus science, plus review summaries, study quizes and answers, and interactive exercises such as questionnaires. This third edition contains a new chapter on industrial and organizational psychology, and more material on emotion and motivation. Davis is affiliated with Emporia State University. Palladino is affiliated with the University of Southern Indiana. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132208406
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen F. Davis is Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Currently he is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University and Distinguished Guest Professor at Morningside College. In 2002–2003 he was the Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Southern Methodist University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University. In 2007 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Morningside College. His research, which always includes student assistants, has investigated such diverse topics as academic dishonesty, learning versus grade orientation of students, Type A personality, the Impostor Phenomenon, and the behavioral effects of ingesting toxic metals. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles, 31 books, and more than 900 convention presentations.

Steve’s teaching abilities have drawn acclaim on the national level. He has received the National Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation and the Teaching Excellence Award from Division Two (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. His professional accomplishments also include serving as president of the Southwestern Psychological Association, the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and Division Two of the American Psychological Association. He also served as the National President of Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology). He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology.

Joe Palladino is Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. He received all his academic degrees from Fordham University, including his Ph.D. in general theoretical psychology. His numerous articles and presentations have covered topics such as sleep and dreams, the death penalty, extra-credit opportunities, teaching methods, and techniques to encourage research by undergraduate students.

Joe founded the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference in 1982; it celebrated its 25th anniversary in April 2006. The Mid-America Conference for Teachers of Psychology, which he founded in 1984, became the model for regional teaching conferences. His contribution to the continuing education of teachers was recognized by the Faculty Service Award presented by the National University Continuing Education Association in 1991. In 1990 he received the Teaching Excellence Award from Division Two (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He was elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association in 1989 and served as the president of Division Two in 1991–1992. He has also served Division Two as a consulting editor and the Methods and Techniques editor of Teaching of Psychology, and as chair of the program committee. In 2000 he received the University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association Faculty Recognition Award. He served as Midwestern Vice President of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology (2000–2002). He and Mitch Handelsman of the University of Colorado Denver write the column “On the Light Side” which appears in the Psi Chi newsletter, Eye on Psi Chi. Joe also enjoys speaking to faculty on “The Humor of Teaching; the Teaching of Humor.” In addition, he created a number of the cartoons that accompanied the “On the Light Side” columns; and several of these now appear in this textbook.

Dr. Kimberly Christopherson is an early career psychologist at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. She began pursuing psychology when she was an undergraduate at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. There she was inspired by several of her psychology professors to learn more about the experimental investigation of human behavior, primarily in cognition and memory. In graduate school she studied under Dr. Mark Grabe investigating the influences of educational technology on learning — specifically the use of online study tools. During her time in graduate school, she also realized her calling to be a teacher of psychology. Having been inspired by her professors at St. Thomas and teaching her own courses in graduate school, Kim pursued academic jobs as small liberal art colleges after completing her PhD. Today, Kim in an accomplished instructor and active in both advising student research and in her own research projects. She was honored by her colleagues in 2010 with Morningside College’s Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award. In addition to her love of research and teaching, Kim also enjoys gardening, growing her own food, cooking and preserving the food she grows, reading everything from historical biographies to southern vampire mysteries, and traveling around the world with her husband.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
A Note to the Student
Ch. 1 Psychology and You 1
Ch. 2 Biological Foundations of Psychology 39
Ch. 3 Sensation and Perception 85
Ch. 4 Emotion 133
Ch. 5 States of Consciousness 171
Ch. 6 Basic Principles of Learning 215
Ch. 7 Memory 253
Ch. 8 Thinking, Language, and Intelligence 295
Ch. 9 Health Psychology 343
Ch. 10 Developmental Psychology I: Conception Through Childhood 385
Ch. 11 Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence Through Old Age 429
Ch. 12 Sex and Gender 467
Ch. 13 Personality 507
Ch. 14 Psychological Disorders 547
Ch. 15 Therapy 597
Ch. 16 Social Psychology: The Individual in Society 645
App. A Statistics and Psychology 692
App. B Study Break Solutions 710
References 723
Credits 749
Glossary and Index 753
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