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Essentials of Understanding Psychology: 2024 Release
Essentials of Understanding Psychology: 2024 Release

Essentials of Understanding Psychology: 2024 Release

ISBN10: 1264197950 | ISBN13: 9781264197958
By Robert Feldman

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Essentials of Understanding Psychology focuses on Students First, with the result that students learn the course content and become excited about the field of psychology. Shaped by decades of experience, Dr. Feldman believes that an effective introduction to a discipline must be oriented to students: informing them, engaging them, and exciting them about the field and helping them connect it to their world. It needs to embody the principles of contemporary learning science and present the material in a way that draws students into the discipline and stimulates their thinking. Updated to include the latest research from diverse scholars, the author wants all students to see themselves in Essentials of Understanding Psychology. Its modular format and integrated pedagogical tools pair with McGraw Hill’s Connect platform to provide a range of resources to both animate students about the field, and help them master the content of the course.

Chapter 1 Introduction to Psychology
Module 1 Psychologists at Work
Module 2 A Science Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future
Module 3 Research in Psychology
Module 4 Critical Research Issues 

Chapter 2 Neuroscience and Behavior
Module 5 Neurons: The Basic Elements of Behavior
Module 6 The Nervous System and the Endocrine System: Communicating Within the Body
Module 7 The Brain

Chapter 3 Sensation and Perception
Module 8 Sensing the World Around Us
Module 9 Vision: Shedding Light on the Eye
Module 10 Hear and the Other Senses
Module 11 Perceptual Organization: Constructing Our View of the World

Chapter 4 States of Consciousness
Module 12 Sleep and Dreams
Module 13 Hypnosis and Meditation
Module 14 Drug Use: The Highs and the Lows of Consciousness 

Chapter 5 Learning
Module 15 Classical Conditioning
Module 16 Operant Conditioning
Module 17 Cognitive Approaches to Learning

Chapter 6 Memory 
Module 18 The Foundations of Memory
Module 19 Recalling Long-Term Memories
Module 20 Forgetting: When Memory Fails

Chapter 7 Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
Module 21 Thinking 
Module 22 Language
Module 23 Intelligence

Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion
Module 24 Explaining Motivation
Module 25 Human Needs and Motivation: Eat, Drink, and Be Daring
Module 26 Understanding Emotional Experiences 

Chapter 9 Development
Module 27 Nature and Nurture: The Enduring Developmental Issue
Module 28 Infancy and Childhood
Module 29 Adolescence: Becoming an Adult
Module 30 Adulthood

Chapter 10 Personality
Module 31 Psychodynamic Approaches to Personality 
Module 32 Trait, Learning, Biological and Evolutionary, and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
Module 33 Assessing Personality: Determining What Makes Us Distinctive

Chapter 11 Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being
Module 34 Stress and Coping
Module 35 Psychological Aspects of Illness and Well-Being
Module 36 Promoting Health and Wellness

Chapter 12 Psychological Disorders
Module 37 Normal Versus Abnormal: Making the Distinction
Module 38 The Major Psychological Disorders
Module 39 Psychological Disorders in Perspective

Chapter 13 Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Module 40 Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Approaches to Treatment
Module 41 Psychotherapy: Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Group Approaches to Treatment
Module 42 Biomedical Therapy: Biological Approaches to Treatment

Chapter 14 Social Psychology 
Module 43 Attitudes and Social Cognition
Module 44Social Influence and Groups
Module 45 Prejudice and Discrimination
Module 46 Positive and Negative Social Behavior
Module 47 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Culture

About the Author

Robert Feldman

Bob Feldman still remembers those moments of being overwhelmed when he started college at Wesleyan University. “I wondered whether I was up to the challenges that faced me,” he recalls, “and—although I never would have admitted it at the time—I really had no idea what it took to be successful at college.”

That experience, along with his encounters with many students during his own teaching career, led to a life-long interest in helping students navigate the critical transition that they face at the start of their own college careers. Professor Feldman, who went on to receive a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now Deputy Chancellor and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is founding director of POWER Up for Student Success, the first-year experience course for incoming students.

Professor Feldman’s proudest professional accomplishment is winning the College Outstanding Teaching Award at UMass. He also has been named a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and was Senior Online Instruction Fellow. He has taught courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Feldman is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award and has written over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and books. His books, some of which have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese, include Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice; Understanding Psychology, 12/e; and Development Across the Life Span, 7/e. His research interests encompass the study of honesty and truthfulness in everyday life, development of nonverbal behavior in children, and the social psychology of education. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

With the last of his three children completing college, Professor Feldman occupies his spare time with pretty decent cooking and earnest, but admittedly unpolished, piano playing. He also loves to travel. He lives with his wife, who is an educational psychologist, in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range in western Massachusetts.

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