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Introduction to Psychology 11th Edition

James W. Kalat

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Jim Kalat's best-selling INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY takes an "evaluate the evidence" approach that features a friendly writing style, hands-on "Try It Yourself" activities, and visuals that invite students to engage in the experience of learning psychology. The modular organization breaks content into meaningful "chunks" for structuring learning. "What's the Evidence" coverage reviews real studies, encouraging students to ask questions like, "Does the evidence support the conclusion?" The eleventh edition incorporates timely information that draws on the latest research and literature to teach students how to separate the plausible from the scientifically demonstrable in the psychology classroom and beyond it.

James W. Kalat, North Carolina State University

James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught courses in introduction to psychology and biological psychology from 1977 through 2012. He received an AB degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (10th Edition) and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION (2nd Edition). In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology, and other topics. He was twice the program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science.

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  • "Try It Yourself" exercises found throughout the text encourage active learning. Students personally experience binocular rivalry, false memory, encoding specificity, motion blindness, and other phenomena -- assuring that they will remember these phenomena better than someone who just reads about them.
  • Kalat's renowned critical thinking approach encourages students to question information and ask themselves, "How was this conclusion reached?" and "Does the evidence really support it?" Each chapter other than Chapter 1 has one or two sections that examine a research study in detail, from hypothesis to method to results and discussion, focusing attention on how the results lead to a conclusion. In some cases the discussion highlights the limitations of the study.
  • Within each chapter, Kalat arranges the material into a modular format so that students can master one section at a time, building confidence as they go. Using this flexible format, you can easily assign the text to match the way you teach the course. Each module starts with a list of learning objectives and closes with a summary, a list of key terms, and a short list of multiple-choice review questions, making it self-contained as an assignment.
  • Kalat's text is accompanied by a comprehensive Test Bank with approximately 5000 multiple-choice test items. The test bank was written by the author himself to assure accuracy and clarity. Most items are new or reworded to reflect new content in the eleventh edition.

Introduction to Psychology


1. What Is Psychology?
2. Scientific Methods in Psychology.
3. Biological Psychology.
4. Sensation and Perception.
5. Development.
6. Learning.
7. Memory.
8. Cognition and Language.
9. Intelligence.
10. Consciousness.
11. Motivated Behaviors.
12. Emotions, Stress, and Health.
13. Social Psychology.
14. Personalities.
15. Abnormal Psychology: Disorders and Treatment.

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