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Overview

Jim Kalat's best-selling INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY takes an "evaluate the evidence" approach that features a friendly writing style, hands-on "Try It Yourself" activities, and helpful visuals to invite students to engage in the experience of learning psychology. The modular organization breaks each chapter into meaningful "chunks" for structuring learning. Content is seamless, with nothing relegated to the margins or separated in boxes. "What's the Evidence" coverage reviews real studies, encouraging students to ask questions like, "Does the evidence really support the conclusion?" The Eleventh Edition draws on the latest research and literature to teach students how to separate the plausible from the scientifically demonstrable in the psychology classroom and beyond it. Instructor resources include an author-written test bank, ensuring high-quality, and accurate multiple-choice questions for assessment.

James W. Kalat, North Carolina State University

James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught courses in Introduction to Psychology and Biological Psychology from 1977 through 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (11th Edition) and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION (3rd Edition). In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of Psychology and other topics. He was twice the program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science.
  • Almost 600 new references are added, including 500 from 2012 or later, to reflect the most recent advances in the field. Almost every topic has at least minor updates.
  • Each module now begins with a list of learning objectives that focus students' reading, and concludes with a set of multiple-choice review questions that allow students to get a quick reality check on some of the key concepts they should have learned.
  • This edition presents expanded treatment of two issues that have become highly controversial and influential in current psychology -- the doubts about how many reported findings are replicable, and doubts about the categorical approach to mental illness (as exemplified by DSM-5).
  • Kalat presents new evidence that supports exciting new hypotheses: Infant amnesia may be due to rapid production of new neurons in the hippocampus, because the new neurons facilitate new learning but also lead to increased forgetting. The excessive activity typical of people with anorexia nervosa may be a mechanism for temperature regulation; keeping someone warm can be a major first step in treatment. The "collectivist culture" that characterizes people in parts of Southeast Asia may be a result of a history of rice farming, as rice farming requires massive cooperation among neighbors.
  • A new interpretation of Libet's famous study of the timing of consciousness in the control of movement suggests that self-initiated movements (as opposed to signal-elicited movements) depend on the basal ganglia and develop gradually. Therefore, according to the interpretation, it is unrealistic to ask anyone to state "the" time of a conscious decision.
  • New information is presented on many topics, including expertise, the theory of mind, the amygdala and anxiety, and individual differences in taste and smell. There's also new discussion noting that because sex hormones influence brain development through different mechanisms in different brain areas, it is typical to be more "masculinized" or "feminized" in some ways than in others.
  • Much new research applies directly to students, enhancing the text's relevance and ability to engage. Students will learn to beware of all-you-can-eat buffets if they want to lose weight, because people at such buffets try to eat enough to get their money's worth, even if they already feel full. They'll read about research that says that either a rest period or caffeine can enhance consolidation of a recent memory. There are also updated discussions of other topics that students will relate to, such as taking notes in class, persuasion, procrastination, and resisting temptation.
  • "Try It Yourself" exercises found throughout the text encourage active learning. Students personally experience binocular rivalry, false memory, encoding specificity, motion blindness, and other phenomena -- assuring that they will remember these phenomena better than someone who just reads about them.
  • Kalat's renowned critical thinking approach encourages students to question information and ask themselves, "How was this conclusion reached?" and "Does the evidence really support it?" Each chapter other than Chapter 1 has one or two sections that examine a research study in detail, from hypothesis to method to results and discussion, focusing attention on how the results lead to a conclusion. In some cases the discussion highlights the limitations of the study.
  • Within each chapter, Kalat arranges the material into a modular format so that students can master one section at a time, building confidence as they go. Using this flexible format, you can easily assign the text to match the way you teach the course. Each module starts with a list of learning objectives and closes with a summary, a list of key terms, and a short list of multiple-choice review questions, making it self-contained as an assignment.
  • Kalat's text is accompanied by a comprehensive Test Bank with approximately 5000 multiple-choice test items. The test bank was written by the author himself to assure accuracy and clarity. Most items are new or reworded to reflect new content in the eleventh edition.
1. What Is Psychology?
2. Scientific Methods in Psychology.
3. Biological Psychology.
4. Sensation and Perception.
5. Development.
6. Learning.
7. Memory.
8. Cognition and Language.
9. Intelligence.
10. Consciousness.
11. Motivated Behaviors.
12. Emotions, Stress, and Health.
13. Social Psychology.
14. Personalities.
15. Abnormal Psychology: Disorders and Treatment.
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