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Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications 5th Edition

Jeffrey S. Nevid

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2015
  • 688 Pages
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ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, 5th Edition retains the hallmark features and pedagogical aids that have made this text unique in presenting the foundations of psychology in a manageable, reader-friendly format. Students gain a broad view of psychology and see applications of the knowledge gained from contemporary research to the problems and challenges we face in today's world. Nevid's comprehensive learning system, derived from research on memory, learning, and textbook pedagogy, is featured throughout. This model incorporates the Four E's of Effective Learning -- Engaging Student Interest, Encoding Information, Elaborating Meaning, and Evaluating Progress. Thoroughly updated with recent research developments, this edition also features an expanded focus on psychology in the digital world -- a topic students are sure to find fascinating and relevant. Also new are TEDTalks on text-related topics, accessible from the MindTap® online learning experience.

Jeffrey S. Nevid, St. John's University, New York

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.
  • This edition expands its focus on psychology in the digital world -- a theme students are sure to find fascinating and relevant. They'll learn what researchers are discovering about the psychological impact of using cell phones, the Internet, and social media. Topics include the psychological effects of physical separation from cell phones, data collection in the smartphone era, links between social media use and lower levels of happiness and life satisfaction, effects of Facebook use on grades, how Big Five traits relate to use of social networking sites, and many others.
  • Nevid's interactive concept maps (one per chapter) engage students in active learning exercises that help them visualize connections between key concepts in the text. Now available online in MindTap, these unique schematic diagrams of major concepts are presented in a fill-in-the-blanks format.
  • A number of TEDTalks on psychological topics related to particular chapters are accessible from MindTap®. The talks are accompanied by study questions that instructors can assign as course assignments or extra-credit opportunities. TEDTalk links are available to non-MindTap® users through the companion website.
  • Thoroughly updated with research developments reported in the past three years, this edition discusses ethnic minority representation in professional psychology, neurogenesis in the adult brain, evidence that people can sniff happiness in others, guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation, a UCLA study showing that only one of 85 undergraduates was able to correctly draw the Apple logo, the Flynn effect on IQ scores, obesity in the U.S., recommendations about use of alcohol during pregnancy, changes in conscientiousness from about age 20 to about age 40, and many other new findings.
  • Anatomy of a Research Study: Clean Smell, Clean Hands? a new case example in Chapter 1, breaks down the parts of a research paper using a 2016 study from the APA journal Health Psychology. Students learn about the principles of research design and then, in a Nevid exclusive, "go under the hood" to explore the study, which examines whether exposing hospital visitors to a priming stimulus (a clean smell) increases their use of hand gel. The feature also provides a worked-out example of proper APA style for citations.
  • Brain Loves a Puzzle questions engage students' interest and encourage critical thinking by challenging them to think more deeply about information in the text needed to solve the puzzles. Topics include why it's impossible to tickle yourself, and why someone is less likely to receive help if a street is crowded than if there are only a few people nearby.
  • 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 online 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 SQ3R Study Method (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) method is used throughout to enhance learning and encourage students to adopt a more active role in the learning process.
  • Chapter-ending visual overviews help students visualize connections among key concepts in summary form.
  • The IDEA Model of course assessment -- unique to Nevid's texts -- maps specific learning goals (tied to APA learning goals) to measurable skills students acquire in their first exposure to psychology, and is designed to be consistent with the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0.
  • The IDEA Model is based on an acronym, IDEA, that breaks down learning objectives into four key learning skills -- the ability to 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 of psychology.
  • Chapter preview podcasts bring the author's voice into the learning process to assist students in mastering key concepts. These short audio clips serve as advance organizers by introducing key concepts students will encounter in the chapter. (Available only in the MindTap version)
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.
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