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Overview

Students First. Bob Feldman’s Understanding Psychology guides students through Introductory Psychology concepts in an accessible manner, bringing comprehension of difficult material into the grasp of all students — because when students understand psychology, they learn psychology. The thoroughly revised Ninth Edition integrates a variety of elements that foster students’ understanding of psychology and its impact on their everyday lives, including a new Neuroscience In Your Life feature, alerts to key topics, and study skills for specific concepts. This text also provides instructors with a fully integrated supplements package to objectively gauge their students’ mastery of psychology’s key principles and concepts and to create dynamic lectures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072335408
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 496

Meet the Author

Robert S. Feldman still remembers those moments of being overwhelmed when he started college at Wesleyan University. “I wondered whether I was up to the challenges that faced me,” he recalls, “and--although I never would have admitted it at the time--I really had no idea what it took to be successful at college.”

That experience, along with his encounters with many students during his own teaching career, led to a life-long interest in helping students navigate the critical transition that they face at the start of their own college careers. Professor Feldman, who went on to receive a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology. He directs POWER Up for Student Success, the UMass first-year experience course for incoming students.Professor Feldman’s proudest professional accomplishment is winning the College Outstanding Teaching Award at UMass. He also has been named a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and was Senior Online Instruction Fellow. He has taught courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.Professor Feldman is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award and has written some 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and books. His books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese, include Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice,Understanding Psychology, 8/e, and Development Across the Life Span, 4/e. His research interests encompass the study of honesty and truthfulness in everyday life, development of nonverbal behavior in children, and the social psychology of education. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research. With the last of his three children completing college, Professor Feldman occupies his spare time with serious cooking and earnest, but admittedly unpolished, piano playing. He also loves to travel. He lives with his wife, who is an educational psychologist, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range in western Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
To the Student
Ch. 1 Introduction to Psychology 2
Ch. 2 Research Methods 30
Ch. 3 The Biology Underlying Behavior 56
Ch. 4 Sensation and Perception 94
Ch. 5 States of Consciousness 142
Ch. 6 Learning 180
Ch. 7 Memory 216
Ch. 8 Cognition and Language 252
Ch. 9 Intelligence 288
Ch. 10 Motivation and Emotion 318
Ch. 11 Gender and Human Sexuality 356
Ch. 12 Development: The Beginnings of Life 394
Ch. 13 Development: Adolescence to the End of Life 428
Ch. 14 Personality 462
Ch. 15 Health Psychology 496
Ch. 16 Psychological Disorders 530
Ch. 17 Treatment of Psychological Disorders 570
Ch. 18 Social Psychology 602
Ch. 19 Psychology in a Diverse World 638
Appendix: Statistics 665
Glossary 679
References 690
Indexes 735
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