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Psychology: A Modular Approach, 1st Edition

  • John O. Mitterer
  • Dennis Coon
  • Tanya S. Martini
  • ISBN-10: 0176503455
  • ISBN-13: 9780176503451
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

Psychology: A Modular Approach is an adaptation of the best-selling text by renowned authors and educators John O. Mitterer and Dennis Coon. This first Canadian edition, adapted by Brock University’s Tanya Martini, continues to combine the highly effective SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Reflect, Review) active learning system, an engaging style, appealing visuals, and detailed coverage of core topics and cutting-edge research in one remarkable, comprehensive text. Current and relevant to students studying in Canada, this new edition builds on the proven modular format, extensive special features, and teaching and learning tools integrated throughout the text. While the text provides a broad overview of essential psychology topics ideal for introductory courses, its modular design also readily supports more specialized curricula, allowing instructors to use the self-contained instructional units in any combination and order.


  • Four integrative themes throughout the book highlight the growing importance of neuroscience, the centrality of self-knowledge, and the importance of considering both cultural and gender diversity. A table illustrating how these themes are revisited throughout the book can be found in the preface.

  • Student learning is promoted using the SQ4R system of studying, which focuses on active processing, reflection, and critical thinking. This system is integrated throughout each module, with features such as pre-module survey questions, models that scaffold students’ ability to ask good questions, and reflection activities to help them think more deeply about what they have read. Study guides support the application of this system within each module, and help students more readily master the material.

  • The text encourages active student engagement through features such as Discovering Psychology exercises that promote self-exploration of key topics and Critical Thinking boxes that invite students to challenge their own "common sense" assumptions, as well as documented research findings. In addition, Human Diversity features explore social, physical, and cultural differences as a vital aspect of human experience and Psychology in Action modules help students to personally apply key concepts.

  • The authors relate course material to everyday life with an engaging narrative style. This adaptation emphasizes the role of psychologists in Canada, as well as the groundbreaking research being carried out in this country. Important psychological constructs are explained with reference to noteworthy Canadians and familiar, relevant analogies from each of the provinces and territories.

  • Student learning is promoted using the SQ4R system of studying, which focuses on active processing, reflection, and critical thinking. This system is integrated throughout each module, with features such as pre-module survey questions, models that scaffold students’ ability to ask good questions, and reflection activities to help them think more deeply about what they have read. Study guides support the application of this system within each module, and help students more readily master the material.

  • Throughout the book, many boxed highlights promote critical thinking about specific topics that students should approach with healthy skepticism. In addition to the Critical Thinking and Human Diversity boxes, Clinical File boxes encourage reflection on the clinical applications of psychology, and Brainwaves boxes foster deeper insight into the brain structures and processes that underlie psychological phenomena.

  • Learning the language of psychology is made easier with an integrated system designed to help students fully comprehend terminology new to them: the main Glossary at the end of the book is integrated with the Subject Index, making it easy to link important definitions to where they are discussed in the text. All glossary items are bold and defined in-text when the term is first encountered, aiding in reading comprehension because students get clear definitions when and where they need them — in the general text itself — and the parallel running glossary defines key terms in the margins of the relevant pages, making it easy for students to find, study, and review important terms.

  • PsykTrek 3.1 is a student tutorial available on CD or online, organized in 65 individual learning modules that parallel the core content of any introductory psychology course. The intuitive landscape and easy navigation of PsykTrek encourage students to explore topics in psychology, interact with numerous simulations, and participate in classical and contemporary experiments.

  • MindTap for Psychology: A Modular Approach is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and elevate thinking, allowing instructors to measure skills and promote better outcomes with ease. A fully online learning solution, MindTap combines all student learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a single Learning Path that guides the student through the curriculum. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing the presentation of these learning tools to their students, even seamlessly introducing their own content into the Learning Path.

  • Psychology Media Bits are classroom conversation-starters presenting news and recent research sourced from reputable websites and other news sources. Several suggested questions to ask in class in order to stimulate discussion about the “bit” are provided, and each bit is then tied with page references to topics in Nelson Education’s Introductory Psychology titles. Media bits are posted weekly from Oct 1st to December 1st, and then again from January 15th to April 15th. Go to to read the latest!

About the Author

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.

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.

Tanya S. Martini

Tanya Martini obtained her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Toronto and is a professor in the psychology department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. In addition to introductory psychology, she also teaches research methods and a capstone course designed to facilitate graduating students' understanding of career-related skills. She has been awarded the Brock University Distinguished Teaching Award and she currently holds the Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Martini's research explores skill-based learning outcomes in post-secondary education, and her most recent work has investigated students' views concerning skill-based learning across their degree program. She has a particular interest in students' ability to articulate the competencies that underlie skills such as critical thinking and collaboration, and their ability to recognize how university assignments foster transferable skills that are of interest to employers.

Table of Contents

Module 1: How to Study Psychology
Module 2: Introducing Psychology: Psychology, Critical Thinking, and Science
Module 3: Introducing Psychology: Psychology Then and Now
Module 4: Introducing Psychology: Experimental Studies
Module 5: Introducing Psychology: Nonexperimental Studies
Module 6: Psychology in Action: Thinking Critically about the Media

Module 7: Brain and Behaviour: Neurons and the Nervous System
Module 8: Brain and Behaviour: Brain Research
Module 9: Brain and Behaviour: Hemispheres and Lobes of the Cortex
Module 10: Brain and Behaviour: Subcortex and Endocrine System
Module 11: Psychology in Action: Handedness

Module 12: Human Development: Heredity and Environment
Module 13: Human Development: Language, Emotional, and Social Development in Childhood
Module 14: Human Development: Cognitive and Moral Development in Childhood
Module 15: Human Development: Adolescence and Adulthood
Module 16: Psychology in Action: Well-Being and Happiness

Module 17: Sensation and Perception: Sensory Processes
Module 18: Sensation and Perception: Vision
Module 19: Sensation and Perception: The Other Senses
Module 20: Sensation and Perception: Perceptual Processes
Module 21: Sensation and Perception: Perception and Objectivity
Module 22: Psychology in Action: Extrasensory Perception

Module 23: Consciousness: States of Consciousness
Module 24: Consciousness: Sleep and Dreams
Module 25: Consciousness: Psychoactive Drugs
Module 26: Psychology in Action: Exploring and Using Dreams

Module 27: Conditioning and Learning: Associative and Cognitive Learning
Module 28: Conditioning and Learning: Classical Conditioning
Module 29: Conditioning and Learning: Operant Conditioning
Module 30: Conditioning and Learning: Reinforcement and Punishment in Detail
Module 31: Psychology in Action: Behavioural Self-Management

Module 32: Memory: Memory Systems
Module 33: Memory: Measuring Memory
Module 34: Memory: Forgetting
Module 35: Memory: Superior Memory
Module 36: Psychology in Action: Mnemonics

Module 37: Cognition and Intelligence: Modes of Thought
Module 38: Cognition and Intelligence: Intelligence
Module 39: Cognition and Intelligence: Decision Making
Module 40: Cognition and Intelligence: Problem Solving
Module 41: Psychology in Action: Enhancing Creativity

Module 42: Motivation and Emotion: Overview of Motives and Emotions
Module 43: Motivation and Emotion: Motivation in Detail
Module 44: Motivation and Emotion: Emotion in Detail
Module 45: Psychology in Action: Emotional Intelligence

Module 46: Human Sexuality: Sexual Development and Orientation
Module 47: Human Sexuality: Gender Development, Androgyny, and Gender Variance
Module 48: Human Sexuality: Sexual Behaviour, Response, and Attitudes
Module 49: Psychology in Action: Sexual Problems

Module 50: Personality: Overview of Personality
Module 51: Personality: Trait Theories
Module 52: Personality: Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Theories
Module 53: Personality: Behavioural and Social Learning Theories
Module 54: Psychology in Action: Understanding Shyness

Module 55: Health Psychology: Overview of Health Psychology
Module 56: Health Psychology: Stressors
Module 57: Health Psychology: Coping with Stress
Module 58: Health Psychology: Stress and Health
Module 59: Psychology in Action: Stress Management

Module 60: Psychological Disorders: Normality and Psychopathology
Module 61: Psychological Disorders: Psychosis, Delusional Disorders, and Schizophrenia
Module 62: Psychological Disorders: Mood Disorders
Module 63: Psychological Disorders: Anxiety-Related Disorders and Personality Disorders
Module 64: Psychology in Action: Suicide

Module 65: Therapies: Treating Psychological Distress
Module 66: Therapies: Psychodynamic and Humanistic Experiential Therapies
Module 67: Therapies: Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
Module 68: Therapies: Medical Therapies
Module 69: Psychology in Action: Facing Mental Health Issues

Module 70: Social Psychology: Social Behaviour and Cognition
Module 71: Social Psychology: Social Influence
Module 72: Social Psychology: Prosocial Behaviour
Module 73: Social Psychology: Antisocial Behaviour
Module 74: Psychology in Action: Multiculturalism

Module 75: Applied Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Module 76: Applied Psychology: Environmental Psychology
Module 77: Applied Psychology: The Psychology of Law, Education, and Sports
Module 78: Psychology in Action: Human Factors Psychology

Appendix: Behavioural Statistics
Appendix: Life after School

New to this edition

  • Federal and provincial laws — including important rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada — are woven throughout the book in an effort to draw students’ attention to the points where psychology intersects with public policy. Students are also encouraged to carefully consider Canadian social issues (e.g., suicide among First Nations youth, cyberbullying, same-sex marriage) and ongoing political debates (e.g., use of “discovery learning” to teach children math, treatment of offenders deemed not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder, legalization of marijuana and assisted suicide) that are relevant to the study of psychology.
  • Content familiar to Canadian students and those students studying in Canada helps hang concepts on a familiar framework. Thus, Canadian examples are extensive where the topic coverage warrants (such as public policies, social issues, community debates, and statistics). The authors have also included a multitude of references to the expansive body of research being contributed to the field by Canadians on topics such as acculturative stress, perfectionism, gender dysphoria, emotional intelligence, the neural underpinnings of creative thinking, retrieval-induced forgetting, and echolocation used by blind individuals (to name but a few).
  • Fully consistent with the DSM-5.


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

Instructor Supplements

Online Only Instructor's Resources to accompany Psychology: A Modular Approach, 1ce  (ISBN-10: 0176591303 | ISBN-13: 9780176591304)

Student Supplements

Instant Access Code (12 Months) for AdapTrack  (ISBN-10: 0176669078 | ISBN-13: 9780176669072)