Higher Education

Cengage Advantage Books: Kagan and Segal's Psychology: An Introduction, 9th Edition

  • includes InfoTrac®
  • Don Baucum University of Alabama
  • Carolyn Smith
  • ISBN-10: 0155081144  |  ISBN-13: 9780155081147
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1995, 1992
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.25

About

Overview

This value-priced paperback combines brevity, clarity, rigor and relevance to adeptly cover the core topics in psychology. Continuing with the character and spirit of previous editions, Don Baucum and Carolyn Smith join Jerome Kagan and Julius Segal to create a streamlined text with a free integrated study guide. The text follows a developmental theme, with an emphasis on diversity coverage and critical thinking. In many chapters, the developmental theme is highlighted by a Life Span Perspective feature that shows students the relevance of chapter topics to the development of a human life, and that helps them make connections between themes discussed in different chapters. Personal applications and real-life examples are included throughout the text to engage students in every key topic area.

Table of Contents

1. The Science and Practice of Psychology.
2. Brain, Body, and Behavior.
3. Sensing and Perceiving.
4. Conditioning and Learning.
5. Remembering and Forgetting.
6. Language and Thought.
7. Intelligence and its Assessment.
8. Emotion and Motivation.
9. Personality and its Assessment.
10. Human Development: Conception Through Childhood.
11. Adolescence, Adulthood, and Death.
12. Stress, Coping and Well-Being.
13. Mental and Behavioral Disorders.
14. Treatment Approaches for Mental and Behavioral Disorders.
15. Social Psychology.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"It (Kagan) is one of the most comprehensive General Psychology texts that I have previewed. Its’ multicultural focus is extensive and incorporates many diverse and thought-provoking issues. The test provides students with a venue for opinion formation, analysis of current cultural issues, and initial development of potential research agendas."

— Emily Sweitzer, California University of Pennsylvania

"Initial chapter information is presented in an attention-grabbing introduction, and is then strategically interwoven throughout the remaining chapter, expanded upon, and finally, carefully reviewed at the end of the chapter in a concise summary with application "Test Yourself" questions. This strategy greatly aids students in retaining/comprehending the material."

— Emily Sweitzer, California University of Pennsylvania

"I would describe this (text) as a general psychology book that reads well and should appeal to both advanced and non-advanced students, which is a heck of an accomplishment. It covers the right amount of material, neither overwhelming the readers nor dumbing things down for them."

— Travis Langley, Henderson State University

"Key strengths include a strong, yet simple to understand, view of biological mechanisms that influence behavior. There is an excellent empirical backbone throughout the text."

— Michael Brady, Lansing Community College

"By and large, the book is written at precisely the right level for an introductory psychology class. Its blend of theory and application is balanced beautifully."

— Steven Mark Sachs, Los Angeles Valley College

"The Kagan text provides one of the most comprehendible and comprehensive discussions pertaining to brain structure that I have encountered."

— Emily Sweitzer, California University of Pennsylvania

"The section on classical conditioning is both easy to read and engaging. The research cited is both relevant and interesting."

— Shelley Merrell, Tidewater Community College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Research in Action DVD Volume i, 1st Edition 2008  (ISBN-10: 0495595209 | ISBN-13: 9780495595205)

Research in Action features the work of research psychologists to give students an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research--not just who is doing it, but also how it is done, and how and where the results are being used. By taking students into the laboratories of both established and up-and-coming researchers, and by showing research results being applied outside of the laboratory, these videos offer insight into both the research process and the many ways in which real people's lives are affected by research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.

InfoTrac® College Edition Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0534558534 | ISBN-13: 9780534558536)

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List Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00

Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Introductory Psychology  (ISBN-10: 0534546536 | ISBN-13: 9780534546533)

With its 27 carefully selected cross-cultural articles, this book enriches the introductory psychology course, helping students to better understand the similarities and differences among the peoples of the world as they relate to psychological principles, concepts, and issues.

List Price = $54.95  | CengageBrain Price = $54.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $41.50

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InfoTrac® College Edition Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 0534558534 | ISBN-13: 9780534558536)

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Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Introductory Psychology  (ISBN-10: 0534546536 | ISBN-13: 9780534546533)

With its 27 carefully selected cross-cultural articles, this book enriches the introductory psychology course, helping you to better understand the similarities and differences among the peoples of the world as you relate to psychological principles, concepts, and issues.

List Price = $54.95  | CengageBrain Price = $54.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $41.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Don Baucum

Don Baucum is an Associate Professor and a member of the primary faculty of the Department of Psychology at UAB. His Ph.D. is in General Experimental Psychology, with extensive training in clinical psychology as well. He currently divides his professional time between teaching and writing. Courses include personality, social psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, psychology of learning, and various others--along with numerous offerings of introductory psychology. Writing efforts include two other textbooks as co-author, plus two general psychology surveys and assorted study materials as author. In his words, "Psychology is what I do, and I'll always enjoy doing it. But I also have that half-finished novel in the computer...."

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith, a freelance writer, is the author of THE ABSENTEE AMERICAN and STRANGERS AT HOME, and co-editor of IN THE FIELD: READINGS ON THE FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. She has also lent her writing expertise to other psychology texts child development.