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Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior, 14th Edition

  • Dennis Coon
  • John O. Mitterer
  • ISBN-10: 1305091876
  • ISBN-13: 9781305091870
  • 736 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: GATEWAYS TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR, 14th Edition attracts and holds the attention of even difficult-to-reach students. The book's hallmark continues to be its pioneering integration of the proven-effective SQ4R learning system (Survey, Question, Read, Reflect, Review, Recite), which promotes critical thinking and guides students step-by-step to an understanding of psychology's broad concepts and diversity of topics. Every chapter contains active learning tools and relatable examples in a discussion style, all while presenting cutting-edge coverage of the field's newest research findings. Excellent media resources-including MindTap Psychology, a personalized online learning experience based on the book's content-ensure that students find the study of psychology fascinating, relevant, and above all, accessible.


  • Gateway Questions organize the chapter's topics and guide the discussion. The Chapter in Review lists key points for each question/section and reinforces key concepts. Clear numbering at main headings helps connect these parts of the chapters as well as link book and digital content.

  • The book presents material on neuroscience. The chapter on "Brain and Behavior" covers the main topics for introductory psychology, and Brainwaves boxes in other chapters promote critical thinking by encouraging reflection on the role of the brain in understanding psychological phenomena. Topics include "Your Brain's 'Fat Point'" and "The Schizophrenic Brain."

  • Known for its rich, student-friendly pedagogy, this book was the first college text to incorporate an SQ4R active-learning format, proven to be effective nationwide. Students focus on each topic through a concrete, six-step process that guides them from Survey to Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, Relate, and Review.

  • Boxed features encourage reflective processing, proven to foster understanding and form lasting memories. Critical Thinking boxes challenge students to question their own common-sense assumptions and research findings. Discovering Psychology boxes provide exercises for students to try themselves, encouraging self-discovery of concepts. The Clinical File encourages reflection on clinical applications.

  • Human Diversity boxes highlight similarities and differences in human expression, providing students with examples of how to be more reflective about human diversity. The book includes many topics and examples that encourage students to appreciate social, physical, and cultural differences and to accept them as a natural part of being human.

  • Knowledge Builder exercises test recall of preceding topics and expand students' understanding of new ideas by asking them to pause and reflect; for instance, encouraging students to associate new concepts with personal experience and prior knowledge. Answers to all questions provide immediate feedback.

  • Bridges are brief in-text cross-references that connect a topic mentioned in one chapter to further discussion in another chapter. This feature helps students grasp the interconnection of ideas that characterizes contemporary psychology.

  • The text includes a complete chapter on gender and sexuality, which distinguishes it from many other comprehensive introductory psychology texts.

About the Author

Dennis Coon

Dennis Coon is a publishing phenomenon and one of the best-selling authors in the field of psychology. His innovative instructional methods and student-focused style make his works perennial favorites among instructors and students alike. To date, more than two million students have learned psychology with a Coon text as their guide. Coon graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Arizona. He is also co-author, with John O. Mitterer, of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: GATEWAYS TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR, 14th Edition and PSYCHOLOGY: A JOURNEY, 5th Edition.

John O. Mitterer

John O. Mitterer holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from McMaster University. He has taught psychology at Brock University to more than 25,000 psychology students. Mitterer was the recipient of the 2003 Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award, a 2003 Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award, a 2004 3M Teaching Fellowship, the 2005 Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology, and the 2010 Brock University Don Ursino Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Large Classes. He also held a three-year Brock Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence from 2006 to 2009. He is co-author, with Dennis Coon, of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: GATEWAYS TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR, 14th Edition, and PSYCHOLOGY: A JOURNEY, 5th Edition.

Table of Contents

1. Psychology, Critical Thinking, and Science.
2. Brain and Behavior.
3. Human Development.
4. Sensation and Perception.
5. States of Consciousness.
6. Conditioning and Learning.
7. Memory.
8. Cognition, Language, and Creativity.
9. Intelligence.
10. Motivation and Emotion.
11. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality.
12. Personality.
13. Health, Stress, and Coping.
14. Psychological Disorders.
15. Therapies.
16. Social Thinking and Social Influence.
17. Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior.
18. Applied Psychology.
Appendix: Behavioral Statistics.
Name Index.
Subject Index/Glossary.

New to this edition

  • Updated content reflects recent research and trends, with more than two-thirds of the expanded reference list dated 2000 or newer. New or significantly revised coverage includes discussion of the Human Connectome Project (Ch. 2); epigenetics, subjective well-being (Ch. 3); disorders of consciousness, patterns of drug use, narcotics (all new sections in Ch. 5); stimulus control, modeling in the media (Ch. 6); attempts to increase intelligence through early childhood education (Ch. 9); health compliance, coping styles (Ch. 13), and DSM-5 categories for psychological disorders (Ch. 14).
  • Chapter 15, "Therapies," has been extensively reorganized and rewritten. Behavioral therapies are now discussed before cognitive therapies, and the chapter now offers a framework for categorizing types of therapy, a new section on cognitive behavior therapy, and a new section on transmagnetic stimulation.
  • New feature box topics include "Position D: On Stockings and Murders," a Critical Thinking box that illustrates the limitations of subjective (first-person) introspective access (Ch. 1); "NoFap and the Supernormal," discussing the idea that pornography constitutes a supernormal stimulus and consequently can be considered "addictive" (Ch. 11); "Oh, Oh, Seven," which introduces the dark triad of personality traits and the Dirty Dozen scale used to measure it (Ch. 12); and "Don't Blame Me, Blame My Brain," on the growing controversy about the role neuroscience should play in legal cases (Ch. 14).
  • Major section heads are now numbered, making them easier to find and identify, and linking them to the numbered chapter Gateway Questions that provide a roadmap for students as they read each chapter as well as to digital content.
  • Available with the text and based on its content, MindTap™ for INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: GATEWAYS TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR engages and empowers students to produce their best work-consistently. By seamlessly integrating course material with videos, activities, apps, and much more, MindTap creates a unique learning path that fosters increased comprehension and efficiency.


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