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Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications, 4th Edition

  • Jeffrey S. Nevid St. John's University, New York
  • ISBN-10: 1285751221  |  ISBN-13: 9781285751221
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

The new edition of this brief introductory text retains the hallmark features that have made its parent text unique, while offering a more manageable, student-friendly format. The book was written with three goals in mind: to make the study of psychology accessible and engaging to the beginning student in psychology, to provide students with a solid grounding in the knowledge base in psychology, and to help students succeed in the course. Nevid's comprehensive learning system-derived from research on memory, learning, and textbook pedagogy-is featured throughout. This learning model incorporates what the author calls the "Four E's of Effective Learning"-Engaging Student Interest, Encoding Information, Elaborating Meaning, and Evaluating Progress. ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 4th Edition, provides a broad view of psychology as well as applications of the knowledge gained from contemporary research to the problems and challenges we face in today's world.

Features and Benefits

  • The IDEA Model of Course Assessment-unique to Nevid's texts-maps specific learning goals (tied to APA goals) to measurable skills students acquire in their first exposure to psychology. The model is based on an acronym, IDEA: "Identify" key figures in the history of psychology, parts of nervous system, etc.; "Define or Describe" key concepts and key features of major psychological theories; "Evaluate or Explain" underlying processes and mechanisms of behavior and mental processes; and "Apply" psychological concepts to examples.
  • The IDEA Model is executed throughout each chapter, beginning with a listing of learning objectives that are formulated with active learning verbs and linked to measurable learning outcomes. The model is integrated with the test-item file, allowing instructors to select items measuring these particular outcomes-to Identify, Define or Describe, Evaluate or Explain, and Apply knowledge.
  • The Brain Loves a Puzzle questions engage student interest and encourage critical thinking by challenging them to think more deeply about information in the text needed to solve the puzzles.
  • Chapter-ending visual overviews help students visualize connections among key concepts in summary form.
  • A learning-centric approach is designed to help students encode and retain key concepts in psychology. Keystones of the approach include pedagogical tools such as Interactive Concept Maps, Concept Links highlighting connections among key concepts across chapters, Module Reviews to help students gauge their knowledge of the material, Concept Signaling (which highlights both key concepts and key terms in the text margins), and Concept Charts that offer "at-a-glance" summaries of key concepts to reinforce new knowledge.
  • The text employs the Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review (SQ3R) study method to enhance learning and encourage students to adopt a more active role in the learning process.

Table of Contents

1. The Science of Psychology.
2. Biological Foundations of Behavior.
3. Sensation and Perception.
4. Consciousness.
5. Learning.
6. Memory.
7. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence.
8. Motivation and Emotion.
9. Human Development.
10. Psychology and Health.
11. Personality.
12. Social Psychology.
13. Psychological Disorders.
14. Methods of Therapy.
Appendix A: Sample Answers to Thinking Critically About Psychology Questions.
Appendix B: Answers to Recall It Questions.
Appendix C: Statistics in Psychology.

What's New

  • New! In addition to being listed in chapter openers, Learning Objectives are now integrated within modules to guide and focus students' reading. The integrated objectives replace "Did You Know That. . ." survey questions, which now appear only at the beginning of each chapter.
  • New! Recite It sections in the module reviews now feature a fill-in-the blanks format, further promoting students' active learning by asking them to recall key information.
  • New! Application sections are now integrated within modules in a new Applying Psychology in Daily Life feature, complementing the narrative while engaging students with insightful and practical information. These sections illustrate how psychologists apply the knowledge they have gained from their research studies to real-life problems, and how concepts relate to students own lives. Topics include "Psychology and Pain Management," "Putting Reinforcement into Practice," and "Becoming a Creative Problem Solver."
  • New! To address many instructors' teaching preferences, coverage of social psychology appears earlier in the text as Chapter 12, immediately following the chapter on personality theories.
  • New! Each chapter provides students with QR codes for access to a chapter preview podcast and a See It Now video that complements a key topic-meeting today's "digital" learners in their comfort zone while enticing them to actively participate in understanding, retaining, and applying psychology's principles.
  • The book is revised throughout with the latest research and real-world examples, including expanded coverage on the psychological effects of social media on today's youths.

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The test bank contains 2,400 items specifically developed for the text. Multiple-choice questions as well as essay questions with answers are written at both the chapter and the module level to provide flexibility for instructors. These questions are labeled by type (factual, conceptual, applied), learning objective, module reference number, and page reference for easier use in creating exams. The IDEA Model of Assessment is integrated with the test-item file, allowing instructors to select items measuring these particular outcomes-to Identify, Define or Describe, Evaluate or Explain, and Apply knowledge connected with each chapter's learning objectives.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jeffrey S. Nevid

Dr. Jeffrey Nevid is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in New York. He received his doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in evaluation research at Northwestern University. He has accrued more than 200 research publications and professional presentations and is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen textbooks and other books in psychology and related fields, many in multiple editions. Dr. Nevid has conducted research in many areas of psychology, including health psychology, clinical and community psychology, social psychology, gender and human sexuality, adolescent development, and teaching of psychology. His research publications have appeared in such journals as Health Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Behavior Therapy, Psychology and Marketing, Professional Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, Sex Roles, and Journal of Social Psychology, among others. Dr. Nevid also served as Editorial Consultant for the journals Health Psychology and Psychology and Marketing and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is actively involved in conducting research on pedagogical advances to help students succeed in their courses.