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Psychology: Concepts & Connections, Brief Version, 9th Edition

  • Spencer A. Rathus
  • ISBN-10: 1133049540
  • ISBN-13: 9781133049548
  • 640 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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Overview

About the Product

The theme of this book is applying theories and research to learning and to contemporary life. In every chapter of PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND CONNECTIONS, BRIEF VERSION, Spencer Rathus CONNECTS psychology to the real world and students' interests, to the field's latest topics and research, to great new multimedia tools, to innovative resources for teaching and learning, and to the proven PQ4R active learning approach. Rathus' warm and engaging writing style explains the fundamentals in ways that students can understand, and then goes a step further to show how those fundamentals relate to students' daily lives. Through Video Connections, Power Visuals, an Author Blog, and interactive pedagogy tied from the text to the book companion web site, this edition provides students with seamless integration of text and technology that will help them study efficiently and effectively.

Features

  • Enhanced "Video Connections" in every chapter encourage active studying and learning. Each box highlights a specific video designed to add depth to the topics students are learning about. Topics include "Facial Analysis" "The Scientific Method in Action" "Piaget's Stages of Development," "Why Is Nicotine So Addictive?" "Reconstructive Memory," and many more. Each Video Connections includes three study tools that help students get the most benefit from the video: Learning Objectives give students a preview of what they will be learning as they watch the video, preparing them for key points they will need to remember. In the Applied Lesson section, students are asked to apply what they've learned to their life experiences and knowledge. Critical Thinking questions encourage students to reflect on what they've learned in the video. Students can email both of these to their instructor.

  • Making it easy for students to study on the go, the "RECITE-An Active Summary" end-of-chapter active summaries are now available as downloadable audio files on the Book Companion Website.

  • Every Tuesday, author Spencer Rathus updates his Author Blog, chatting online about the most recent news items and controversies in psychology. A prompt at the end of every chapter directs students online.

  • "Truth or Fiction" questions found at the beginning of each chapter (as well as online) encourage students to delve into the chapter content by challenging folklore and common sense. In-text "Truth or Fiction Revisited" sections directly address the answers to these questions.

  • This edition includes unparalleled correlation between the text and the Book Companion Website, including online versions of the in-text "Self-Assessments" and "Truth or Fiction" questions, and interactive versions of select figures (called PowerVisuals).

  • "A Closer Look" boxes showcase hot topics in psychology, ranging from explorations of topics relevant to students' lives, including diversity issues to in-depth discussions of the latest research in psychology. Examples include "Spiderman, Dr. Octopus, and Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs)" "How Did the Animals Know the Tsunami Was Coming?" and "Who Are the Suicide Terrorists? A Case of a Fundamental Attribution Error?"

  • Popular "Self-Assessment" features are included both in the text and online, providing flexible studying opportunities for students. These Self-Assessments help students connect to the material they're reading in the text with questionnaires students can take.

About the Author

Spencer A. Rathus

Spencer A. Rathus received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany and is on the faculty of The College of New Jersey. His research interests include treatment of obesity and eating disorders, smoking cessation, human growth and development, methods of therapy, and sexual dysfunctions. He is the author of the widely used Rathus Assertiveness Schedule and has written several college textbooks, including PSYCH, HDEV, AIDS: WHAT EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW, HUMAN SEXUALITY IN A CHANGING WORLD, ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD, and CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE: VOYAGES IN DEVELOPMENT.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Psychology?
2. Biology and Psychology.
3. Sensation and Perception.
4. Consciousness.
5. Learning.
6. Memory: Remembrance of Things Past—and Future.
7. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence.
8. Motivation and Emotion.
9. The Voyage Through the Life Span.
10. Personality: Theory and Measurement.
11. Stress, Health, and Coping.
12. Psychological Disorders.
13. Methods of Therapy.
14. Social Psychology.

New to this edition

  • New and updated chapter opening vignettes (for example, how the behavior of dogs reflects the interaction of nature and nurture (Chapter 1—What Is Psychology?; Chapter 10: the "five-factor" personality assessment of dogs), and how an eleventh century Islamic theologian preached tolerance for divergent views (Chapter 10--Personality).
  • Thoroughly updated references with an increased focus on the evolutionary perspective and biology, greater integration of the question of nature and nurture, and a new section on gender-typing.
  • Greater and very balanced coverage of all phases of the lifespan.
  • Chapter 10 (Personality: Theory and Measurement) contains expanded coverage of the five-factor ("Big Five") model of personality.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

ABC DVD: Introductory Psychology, Volume 1  (ISBN-10: 0495503061 | ISBN-13: 9780495503064)

ABC Videos feature short, high-interest clips from current news events as well as historic raw footage going back 40 years. Perfect for discussion starters or to enrich your lectures and spark interest in the material in the text, these brief videos provide students with a new lens through which to view the past and present, one that will greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of significant events and open up to them new dimensions in learning. Clips are drawn from such programs as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Nightline, as well as numerous ABC News specials and material from the Associated Press Television News and British Movietone News collections.

ABC DVD: Introductory Psychology, Volume 2  (ISBN-10: 049559637X | ISBN-13: 9780495596370)

ABC Videos feature short, high-interest clips from current news events as well as historic raw footage going back 40 years. Perfect for discussion starters or to enrich your lectures and spark interest in the material in the text, these brief videos provide students with a new lens through which to view the past and present, one that will greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of significant events and open up to them new dimensions in learning. Clips are drawn from such programs as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Nightline, as well as numerous ABC News specials and material from the Associated Press Television News and British Movietone News collections.

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.

Research in Action DVD Volume ii, 1st Edition 2010  (ISBN-10: 0495598135 | ISBN-13: 9780495598138)

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.