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What is Psychology? Foundations, Applications, and Integration 3rd Edition

Ellen E. Pastorino | Susann M. Doyle-Portillo

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Get your students excited about the field of psychology with WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? FOUNDATIONS, APPLICATIONS, AND INTEGRATION. Organized around the foundational areas of psychology emphasized in the latest version of the APA guidelines, the third edition incorporates the authors' successful and engaging teaching approach, which motivates students to read and captures their curiosity from the very beginning. Each part opens with an attention-grabbing case study threaded throughout the chapters in the section, providing a view of content that is both integrated and applied to real life, and drawing rave reviews from students.

Ellen E. Pastorino, Valencia College

Ellen E. Pastorino (Ph.D., School Psychology, Florida State University) is a developmental psychologist who teaches psychology classes at Valencia 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 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. However, her main passion has always been to get students excited about the field of psychology.

Susann M. Doyle-Portillo, University of North Georgia

Susann M. Doyle-Portillo (Ph.D., Social Cognition, University of Oklahoma) is professor of psychological science at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Doyle-Portillo also holds bachelors degrees in engineering and psychology. She has published articles in journals such as Social Cognition, Contemporary Social Psychology, the American Journal of Health Education, and Personality & Individual Differences, but the main focus of her career is teaching. During her tenure at University of North Georgia, Dr. Doyle-Portillo has twice been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she has mentored many undergraduate researchers and authored several test banks, instructor manuals, and student study guides.
  • Learning Objectives: Each chapter opens with a list of learning objectives tied to the latest APA guidelines.
  • Online Teaching and Learning Support: MindTap™ is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. The What Is Psychology? MindTap learning path will include resources that move students through Bloom's taxonomy utilizing adaptive quizzing, scenario-based experiences, auto-scored writing assignments, and social learning tools.
  • Foundations Approach: Content is arranged in thematic parts reflecting the foundational areas of psychological research. The text opens with the scientific research methods that inform all study of mental processes and behavior. Remaining chapters are organized around four foundational areas: the biological, cognitive, developmental and social, and physical and mental health areas of psychology.
  • Applications: One of the best ways to motivate students to read is to capture their curiosity from the very beginning. Each of the four foundational sections of the text opens with a compelling case study that is threaded through the chapters of that section to help students understand the behavior and mental processes of a real-life person. Similar case studies in the authors' previous texts drew rave reviews from students.
  • Integration: Each chapter closes with a section called Integrating Psychology: The Big Picture. This feature revisits the section case study, enabling students to begin to see that all of the material fits together-and that what has been learned informs what is yet to be learned.
  • Color Coding and Indexing: Numeric indexing and color-coding are used throughout the text to help students quickly locate relevant information. Each primary or main section of a chapter has been assigned a specific color and all learning objectives and subordinate headings that relate to that primary head are coded with the same color. This coding scheme allows students to quickly and visually relate objectives and content to the relevant section of the text.
  • Strong Diversity Coverage: The authors cite and highlight research that reflects many aspects of diversity, including gender, racial diversity, sexual orientation, cultural diversity, age differences, socioeconomic levels, and physical and/or mental health challenges. In all, they reference people from over 120 countries and/or cultural groups.
  • Features That Showcase Psychology's Relevance: Psychology Applies to Your World helps students see how psychology relates to their personal lives. Engage Yourself! active learning features ask students to do hands-on activities to illustrate important chapter concepts.
  • Effective Pedagogy: Chapter outlines and learning objectives, a pronunciation guide in the running glossary, and multiple-choice Quiz Yourself 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 Are You Getting the Big Picture? visual summaries provide a similar visual synopsis for the entire chapter.