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What is Psychology? Essentials, 2nd Edition

  • Ellen E. Pastorino Valencia College
  • Susann M. Doyle-Portillo Gainesville State College
  • ISBN-10: 1111834156  |  ISBN-13: 9781111834159
  • 704 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

With a strong applied focus, WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? ESSENTIALS, 2nd Edition captures and holds students' attention from the first page to the last. Ellen Pastorino and Susann Doyle-Portillo, award-winning psychology professors with an infectious enthusiasm for teaching, have found that students who are curious are motivated to explore and truly learn how psychological concepts are connected. This text incorporates the authors' successful and engaging teaching approach, unlocking students' curiosity with compelling, chapter-opening stories of real people that show students how psychology affects their everyday lives. Embedded critical-thinking questions motivate students to continue making connections between personal stories, applications to their own lives, and psychological concepts they will use outside of the classroom. Diversity is addressed in every chapter through integration of issues of gender, race, culture, ethnicity, and sexuality. A comprehensive media package features videos; the PowerLecture™ CD with readymade lecture slides; Aplia™, a text-specific online learning tool designed to improve student performance and save you time; and an online student tutorial featuring personalized study plans and automatic grading.

Features and Benefits

  • Thoroughly applied approach: Piquing students' curiosity at the beginning of each chapter is a real-life story of a person whose experience illustrates how psychology affects students' lives.
  • Strong diversity coverage: Gender and age differences as well as racial and cultural diversity are highlighted and integrated throughout. Examples and research findings describe the experiences of real people from more than 85 countries and/or cultural groups. Topics include culture as a factor in shaping food preferences, ethnic differences in sleep patterns, and prejudice against the obese.
  • Features that showcase psychology's relevance: Psychology Applies to Your World helps students see how psychology relates to their personal lives. Your Turn: Active Learning demonstrations promote understanding by guiding students in self-discovery of concepts. Brief Neuroscience Applies to Your Brain features (e.g., on botox injections) provide an approachable, applied introduction to the subject.
  • Effective pedagogy: You Asked questions from real students, threaded throughout every chapter, capture students' interest in the topic under discussion. Chapter outlines and learning objectives, a new pronunciation guide in the running glossary, and multiple-choice Let's Review questions after each section (with answers) guide study and review.
  • Help for visual learners: A You Review summary table after each major section brings together major concepts and theories in an appealing, graphical format. The end-of-chapter Look Back at What You've Learned visual summaries provide a similar visual synopsis for the entire chapter.
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Table of Contents

1. What Is Psychology?
2. How Does Biology Influence Our Behavior?
3. How Do We Sense and Perceive Our World?
4. Consciousness: Wide Awake, in a Daze, or Dreaming?
5. How Do We Learn?
6. How Does Memory Function?
7. Cognition, Language, and Intelligence: How Do We Think?
8. Motivation and Emotion: What Guides Behavior?
9. How Do People Grow, Change, and Develop?
10. Social Psychology: How Do We Understand and Interact With Others?
11. Health, Stress, and Coping. How Can You Create a Healthy Life?
12. What Is Personality, and How Do We Measure It?
13. What Are Psychological Disorders, and How Can We Understand Them?
14. What Therapies Are Used to Treat Psychological Problems?
Appendix A. How Are Statistics Used in Psychology?
Appendix B. How Do We Apply Psychology to the Workplace?

What's New

  • A new research-based box, Psychology Across Generations, compares different generations (millennial, boomer, Gen X, etc.) on a topic relevant to each chapter. Examples include "The Aging Brain" (Chapter 2), generational attitudes on marriage and parenthood (Chapter 9), and changes in attitudes toward mental health services over time (Chapter 14).
  • Updated and revised chapter-opening stories from the authors' students continue to convey the practical value of psychology in everyday life. Your students will relate to these stories from real people who have the same kinds of experiences as they do.
  • New tables include information on myths about behavior, blood alcohol concentrations and typical effects, and the liver's role in hunger.
  • Updated discussion areas include major stressful life events and onset of depression, Brodmann's area 25, depression, and deep brain stimulation treatment, autobiographical memory and its relationship to episodic memory, and on potential positive effect of stressful life experiences for some people, referred to as post-traumatic growth or benefit-finding.
  • Updated research throughout the text includes new research on analysis of gender stereotypes in television ads in 20 countries, sensation-seeking, pheromone research and sensation seeking.
  • This edition contains many new sections, which include content on the self-determination theory (Ch. 8), gender differences in regulation of emotion (Ch. 8), the influence of Piaget (Ch. 9) and research on the five factors that contribute to happiness and well-being (Ch.11).
  • Every chapter has been thoroughly updated to present the most current research available.

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Succeed in your psychology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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Interactive practice quizzes designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. True/false and multiple choice questions are included for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards are already included.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ellen E. Pastorino

Ellen E. Pastorino (Ph.D. in School Psychology, Florida State University) is a developmental psychologist who teaches psychology classes at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Pastorino has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Georgia, Board of Regents Distinguished Professor; the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award; and Valencia's Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Pastorino has authored test banks, instructor manuals, and student study guides, and has published research in the Journal of Adolescent Research and Adolescence. While working as a consultant for IBM Corporation she developed numerous educational materials for teachers and students.

Susann M. Doyle-Portillo

Susann M. Doyle-Portillo (Ph.D., social cognition, University of Oklahoma) is professor of psychology at Gainesville College, Dr. Susann M. Doyle-Portillo earned her Ph.D. in Social Cognition from the University of Oklahoma. She holds bachelors degrees in engineering and psychology. She has published articles in the journals Social Cognition and Contemporary Social Psychology, but the main focus of her career is teaching. During her tenure at Gainesville College, Dr. Doyle-Portillo has twice been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has supervised independent-study student research at the two-year college level and is the founder of the Division of Social Sciences and Education Annual Research Poster Competition at Gainesville College. She also is the chair of the Scientific Review Committee/Institutional Review Board for the Gainesville College Engineering and Science Fair. She has authored test banks, instructor manuals, and student study guides.