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PSYCH4 maximizes students' effort and engagement by empowering them to direct their own learning, through a single, affordable course solution. PSYCH 4 offers full coverage of course concepts through unique resources and features that mirror the natural study habits of students. Additionally, instructors benefit from hundreds of new references from 2013 and 2014 developments in the field of psychology coupled with straightforward quizzing, assessment, and reporting options. Of note, PSYCH 4 combines an easy-reference, paperback textbook with chapter review cards, and a groundbreaking online product that enables students to study how and when they want– including on their smartphones! On the innovative StudyBoard, students can collect notes and create StudyBits in the product, and leverage tags and filters to organize and personalize their study time. Both instructors and students can monitor progress through a series of Concept Tracking reports and traditional Gradebook features, ensuring improved outcomes.

Spencer A. Rathus, The College of New Jersey

Spencer A. Rathus received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany and is on the faculty of The College of New Jersey. His research interests include treatment of obesity and eating disorders, smoking cessation, human growth and development, methods of therapy, and sexual dysfunctions. He is the author of the widely used Rathus Assertiveness Schedule and has written several college textbooks, including PSYCH, HDEV, AIDS: WHAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW, HUMAN SEXUALITY IN A CHANGING WORLD, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD, and CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE: VOYAGES IN DEVELOPMENT.
  • NEW! 4LTR Press Online. Created through a deep investigation of students' challenges and study preferences both broadly and in General Psychology, PSYCH Online enables students to study how and when they want– including on their smartphones! The unique StudyBit and StudyBoard functionality reflects students' natural study habits, allowing them to easily interact and personalize the course material as they collect and organize search-related material and quiz themselves. This low-startup continues on to instructor experience with straightforward assessment management delivered side-by-side with information about what the students do on their own. Both instructors and students can monitor progress through a series of Concept Tracking reports and traditional Gradebook features, ensuring improved engagement, retention, and outcomes.
  • Chapter 5 ("Learning") has dozens of new references and uses the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to illustrate the intersection of violence in the media and aggression. A new figure of the four basic reinforcement schedules helps students better understand this challenging concept.
  • Students tell us that they value coverage that they can apply in their own lives. Updates along these lines in PSYCH 4: Chapter 8 ("Motivation and Emotion") presents conflicting viewpoints on why we do the things we do and feel the things we feel. In keeping with trends in American culture and advances in psychological research, the sections on obesity and eating disorders have been thoroughly updated and Chapter 11 ("Stress, Health, and Coping") contains updated coverage of the warning signs of stress, the effects of daily hassles, the value of social support when one is under stress, and of the relationships between ethnicity and chronic illnesses.
  • Chapter 12 ("Psychological Disorders") is completely revised and updated for DSM-5. For example, obsessive–compulsive disorders no longer fall within the category of anxiety disorders. Similarly, bipolar disorder and depressive disorders now occupy separate categories. New and updated coverage includes social anxiety disorder, hoarding disorder, depersonalization–derealization disorder, illness anxiety disorder (earlier called hypochondria), and delusional disorder (previously called paranoid schizophrenia).
  • Chapter 13 ("Methods of Therapy") has revised and updated coverage of topics such as the effects of psychotherapy, the effects of therapist factors such as empathy and showing positive regard, and the use of cognitive-behavior therapy with schizophrenia.
  • Based on feedback from students who had used earlier versions of PSYCH, there is now a set of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank review quizzes at the end of each chapter that are completely different from the quizzes in PSYCH Online for additional test prep.
  • Chapter Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor's Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • PSYCH 4 offers all of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including PowerPoint® slides and a test bank.
  • PSYCH 4 has a refreshed photo program, and references and examples have been updated to be as current as possible.
  • An innovative combination of content delivery-both in print and online-provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from students who've taken General Psychology.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
1. What Is Psychology?
2. Biology and Psychology.
3. Sensation and Perception.
4. Consciousness.
5. Learning.
6. Memory: Remembrance of Things Past-and Future.
7. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence.
8. Motivation and Emotion.
9. The Voyage through the Life Span.
10. Personality: Theory and Measurement.
11. Stress, Health, and Coping.
12. Psychological Disorders.
13. Methods of Therapy.
14. Social Psychology.
Appendix A: Statistics.
4LTR Online
4LTR Press Online offers an affordable online textbook with flashcards, quizzes, and other study tools accessible from phones, tablets, and laptops.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

Standalone Digital Access — Ultimate Value

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  • ISBN-10: 130558337X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305583375
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Companion Website

ISBN: 9781305673731
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, and more.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305668119
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want. Every question has undergone a series of accuracy checks and anti-piracy reviews, as well as a multi-point inspection to remove weak question options (e.g. all answers are correct), sharpen ambiguous questions, and ensure balanced coverage of major course concepts, difficulty levels, and Bloom’s Taxonomy. The test bank questions form the basis for the assessments in the PSYCH Online product, and are different from the Practice Quizzes available for students.