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Understanding Psychology: 2024 Release
Understanding Psychology: 2024 Release

Understanding Psychology: 2024 Release

ISBN10: 126419627X | ISBN13: 9781264196272
By Robert Feldman

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Understanding Psychology focuses on Students First, to engage students’ attention and teach them about the discipline, 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 every student to see themself in 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.

Introduction to Psychology
MODULE 1 Psychologists at Work
MODULE 2 A Science Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future
MODULE 3 Psychology’s Key Issues and Controversies

CHAPTER 2 Psychological Research
MODULE 4 The Scientific Method
MODULE 5 Conducting Psychological Research
MODULE 6 Critical Research Issues

CHAPTER 3 Neuroscience and Behavior
MODULE 7 Neurons: The Basic Elements of Behavior
MODULE 8 The Nervous System and the Endocrine System: Communicating Within the Body
MODULE 9 The Brain

CHAPTER 4 Sensation and Perception
MODULE 10 Sensing the World Around Us
MODULE 11 Vision: Shedding Light on the Eye
MODULE 12 Hearing and the Other Senses
MODULE 13 Perceptual Organization: Constructing Our View of the World

CHAPTER 5 States of Consciousness
MODULE 14 Sleep and Dreams
MODULE 15 Hypnosis and Meditation
MODULE 16 Drug Use: The Highs and Lows of Consciousness

CHAPTER 6 Learning
MODULE 17 Classical Conditioning
MODULE 18 Operant Conditioning
MODULE 19 Cognitive Approaches to Learning

CHAPTER 7 Memory
MODULE 20 The Foundations of Memory
MODULE 21 Recalling Long-Term Memories
MODULE 22 Forgetting: When Memory Fails

CHAPTER 8 Cognition and Language
MODULE 23 Thinking and Reasoning
MODULE 24 Problem Solving
MODULE 25 Language

CHAPTER 9 Intelligence
MODULE 26 What Is Intelligence?
MODULE 27 Variations in Intellectual Ability
MODULE 28 Group Differences in Intelligence: Genetic and Environmental Determinants

CHAPTER 10 Motivation and Emotion
MODULE 29 Explaining Motivation
MODULE 30 Human Needs and Motivation: Eat, Drink, and Be Daring
MODULE 31 Understanding Emotional Experiences

CHAPTER 11 Sexuality and Gender
MODULE 32 Gender and Sex
MODULE 33 Understanding Human Sexual Response: The Facts of Life
MODULE 34 The Diversity of Sexual Behavior

CHAPTER 12 Development
MODULE 35 Nature and Nurture: The Enduring Developmental Issue
MODULE 36 Prenatal Development: Conception to Birth
MODULE 37 Infancy and Childhood
MODULE 38 Adolescence: Becoming an Adult
MODULE 39 Adulthood

CHAPTER 13 Personality
MODULE 40 Psychodynamic Approaches to Personality
MODULE 41 Trait, Learning, Biological and Evolutionary, and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
MODULE 42 Assessing Personality: Determining What Makes Us Distinctive

CHAPTER 14 Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being
MODULE 43 Stress and Coping
MODULE 44 Psychological Aspects of Illness and Well-Being
MODULE 45 Promoting Health and Wellness

CHAPTER 15 Psychological Disorders
MODULE 46 Normal Versus Abnormal: Making the Distinction
MODULE 47 The Major Psychological Disorders
MODULE 48 Psychological Disorders in Perspective

CHAPTER 16 Treatment of Psychological Disorders
MODULE 49 Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Approaches to Treatment
MODULE 50 Psychotherapy: Humanistic, Interpersonal, Group, and Online Approaches to Treatment
MODULE 51 Biomedical Therapy: Biological Approaches to Treatment

CHAPTER 17 Social Psychology
MODULE 52 Attitudes and Social Cognition
MODULE 53 Social Influence and Groups
MODULE 54 Prejudice and Discrimination
MODULE 55 Positive and Negative Social Behavior
MODULE 56 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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