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What is Psychology? Essentials, 2nd Edition

  • Ellen E. Pastorino
  • Susann M. Doyle-Portillo
  • ISBN-10: 1111834156
  • ISBN-13: 9781111834159
  • 704 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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Overview

About the Product

With a strong applied focus, WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? ESSENTIALS, 2nd Edition captures and holds students' attention from the first page to the last. Ellen Pastorino and Susann Doyle-Portillo, award-winning psychology professors with an infectious enthusiasm for teaching, have found that students who are curious are motivated to explore and truly learn how psychological concepts are connected. This text incorporates the authors' successful and engaging teaching approach, unlocking students' curiosity with compelling, chapter-opening stories of real people that show students how psychology affects their everyday lives. Embedded critical-thinking questions motivate students to continue making connections between personal stories, applications to their own lives, and psychological concepts they will use outside of the classroom. Diversity is addressed in every chapter through integration of issues of gender, race, culture, ethnicity, and sexuality. A comprehensive media package features videos; the PowerLecture™ CD with readymade lecture slides; Aplia, a text-specific online learning tool designed to improve student performance and save you time; and an online student tutorial featuring personalized study plans and automatic grading.

Features

  • Thoroughly applied approach: Piquing students' curiosity at the beginning of each chapter is a real-life story of a person whose experience illustrates how psychology affects students' lives.

  • Strong diversity coverage: Gender and age differences as well as racial and cultural diversity are highlighted and integrated throughout. Examples and research findings describe the experiences of real people from more than 85 countries and/or cultural groups. Topics include culture as a factor in shaping food preferences, ethnic differences in sleep patterns, and prejudice against the obese.

  • Features that showcase psychology's relevance: Psychology Applies to Your World helps students see how psychology relates to their personal lives. Your Turn: Active Learning demonstrations promote understanding by guiding students in self-discovery of concepts. Brief Neuroscience Applies to Your Brain features (e.g., on botox injections) provide an approachable, applied introduction to the subject.

  • Effective pedagogy: You Asked questions from real students, threaded throughout every chapter, capture students' interest in the topic under discussion. Chapter outlines and learning objectives, a new pronunciation guide in the running glossary, and multiple-choice Let's Review 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 Look Back at What You've Learned visual summaries provide a similar visual synopsis for the entire chapter.

About the Author

Ellen E. Pastorino

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's Board of Regents Distinguished Professor, the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award and Valencia's Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. In addition to this popular text, Dr. Pastorino has authored test banks, instructor manuals and student study guides. She has also has published her research in the Journal of Adolescent Research and Adolescence. While working as a consultant for IBM Corporation, Dr. Pastorino developed extensive 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

Susann M. Doyle-Portillo (Ph.D., Social Cognition, University of Oklahoma) is department head and professor of psychological science at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Doyle-Portillo also holds bachelor's 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. However, the primary focus of her career remains in 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. In addition to co-authoring this text, she has authored several test banks, instructor manuals and student study guides.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Psychology?
2. How Does Biology Influence Our Behavior?
3. How Do We Sense and Perceive Our World?
4. Consciousness: Wide Awake, in a Daze, or Dreaming?
5. How Do We Learn?
6. How Does Memory Function?
7. Cognition, Language, and Intelligence: How Do We Think?
8. Motivation and Emotion: What Guides Behavior?
9. How Do People Grow, Change, and Develop?
10. Social Psychology: How Do We Understand and Interact With Others?
11. Health, Stress, and Coping. How Can You Create a Healthy Life?
12. What Is Personality, and How Do We Measure It?
13. What Are Psychological Disorders, and How Can We Understand Them?
14. What Therapies Are Used to Treat Psychological Problems?
Appendix A. How Are Statistics Used in Psychology?
Appendix B. How Do We Apply Psychology to the Workplace?

New to this edition

  • A new research-based box, Psychology Across Generations, compares different generations (millennial, boomer, Gen X, etc.) on a topic relevant to each chapter. Examples include "The Aging Brain" (Chapter 2), generational attitudes on marriage and parenthood (Chapter 9), and changes in attitudes toward mental health services over time (Chapter 14).
  • Updated and revised chapter-opening stories from the authors' students continue to convey the practical value of psychology in everyday life. Your students will relate to these stories from real people who have the same kinds of experiences as they do.
  • New tables include information on myths about behavior, blood alcohol concentrations and typical effects, and the liver's role in hunger.
  • Updated discussion areas include major stressful life events and onset of depression, Brodmann's area 25, depression, and deep brain stimulation treatment, autobiographical memory and its relationship to episodic memory, and on potential positive effect of stressful life experiences for some people, referred to as post-traumatic growth or benefit-finding.
  • Updated research throughout the text includes new research on analysis of gender stereotypes in television ads in 20 countries, sensation-seeking, pheromone research and sensation seeking.

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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.

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Succeed in your course with 2 semesters of access to Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?: ESSENTIALS, 2nd Edition, including step-by-step explanations that help you improve your reasoning and skills, interactive assignments that help you understand difficult or counterintuitive concepts, and more. Aplia has already helped more than a million students succeed in college classes.

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Succeed in your course with 1 semester of access to Aplia's interactive learning system--featuring practice problems with immediate feedback and tools developed specifically for WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?: ESSENTIALS, 2nd Edition, including step-by-step explanations that help you improve your reasoning and skills, interactive assignments that help you understand difficult or counterintuitive concepts, and more. Aplia has already helped more than a million students succeed in college classes.

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MindTap was created to harness the power of technology to drive student success. This cloud-based platform integrates a number of learning applications (“apps”) into an easy-to-use and easy to access tool that supports a personalized learning experience. MindTap combines student learning tools-readings, multimedia, activities and assessments-into a singular Learning Path that guides you through your psychology course.

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Succeed in your psychology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

Flash Cards Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285796594 | ISBN-13: 9781285796598)

Flashcards designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. Interactive flashcards include terms and definitions for each chapter. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards are already included.

Quizzing, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285792793 | ISBN-13: 9781285792798)

Interactive practice quizzes designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. True/false and multiple choice questions are included for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards are already included.

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Interactive practice quizzes and flashcards designed to work with your text can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. Flashcards contain terms and definitions for each chapter. Practice quizzes consist of true/false and multiple choice questions for each chapter. Check your score and take quizzes again if needed. A reference for where to find more material in the text is included with each answer. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, practice quizzes and flashcards are already included.

Revealing Psychology DVD  (ISBN-10: 0547014538 | ISBN-13: 9780547014531)

Revealing Psychology Video (available on DVD) is ideal for both classroom presentation and on-line study. The clips include a refreshed and innovative Candid Camera-like segment depicting people in socially challenging situations, with a focus on applications of concepts and experimental variations; classic experiments in real-world context with a new look and feel; and personal profiles with interviews of real people talking about their lives in ways that illustrate social psychological principles.