Feldman, Understanding Psychology, 2020, 14e

Fully aligned to the new course framework, the first AP adaptation of Understanding Psychology, a best-selling college text now in its 14th edition, presents Psychology as a vibrant science that is both theoretical and relevant.  The modular organization, careful attention to diversity, and illustrative connections to applied fields and topics help student approach the content, engage with concepts, and harness a deep understanding of the role of psychology in their daily lives.

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Fully aligned to the AP curriculum framework the text interweaves AP Topics, Learning Targets, and Skills - with a focus on Concept Understanding, Data Analysis, and Scientific Investigation - throughout to ensure students are well supported in their course and prepared for success on the AP exam.

  • AP Learning Targets in each module are tied to key AP content to keep students intently focused on critical AP skills and knowledge.

  • Applying Psychology in the 21st Century infuses the rigor and practice of AP specific skills in the context of understanding real world theory and research findings.

  • Neuroscience and Your Life emphasizes the AP focus of understanding the biological bases of behavior.

  • Diversity is both integrated and highlighted to reveal how psychology informs, and is informed by, race, ethnicity, gender and culture.

  • AP Summary, Key Terms, and Test Practice. Every module ends with an AP Summary, a list of key terms, and an AP Test Practice section, providing the opportunity to make connections and prepare for the Exam all year long.

  • AP Teacher Manual available in print and online

  • Powerful, adaptive digital resources that include an eBook, adaptive Smartbook, videos and interactivities, AP test practice, assessments and more.


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ROBERT S. FELDMAN is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A recipient of the College Distinguished Teacher Award, he teaches psychology classes ranging in size from 15 to nearly 500 students. During the course of more than three decades as a college instructor, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Mount Holyoke College, Wesleyan University, and Virginia Commonwealth University in addition to the University of Massachusetts.

Professor Feldman, who initiated the Minority Mentoring Program at the University of Massachusetts, also has served as a Hewlett Teaching Fellow and Senior Online Teaching Fellow. He initiated distance-learning courses in psychology at the University of Massachusetts.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Professor Feldman received a BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Wesleyan. He is past President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) Foundation, which advocates for the field of psychology, and is on the board of the Social Psychology Network (SPN).

He has written and edited more than 250 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. He has edited Development of Nonverbal Behavior in Children, Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theory and Research, and Improving the First Year of College: Research and Practice, and co-edited Fundamentals of Nonverbal Behavior. He is also author of P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life. His textbooks, which have been used by more than 2 million students around the world, have been translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. His research interests include deception and honesty in everyday life, work that he described in The Liar in Your Life, a trade book published in 2009. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research.

Professor Feldman loves music, is an enthusiastic pianist, and enjoys cooking and traveling. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of New England Public Radio. He and his wife, also a psychologist, live in western Massachusetts in a home overlooking the Holyoke mountain range.


HOLLIE DRAKE teaches at Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District in Aurora, Colorado. She has been teaching the AP Psychology course since 2007. Hollie has served as a reader for the AP Psychology exam for the past five years. Early in 2018, Hollie served as a consultant for the 2019 AP Psychology Course and Exam Description Guide.


JESSICA FLITTER has been teaching AP Psychology since 2004. She has been involved with the AP Reading since 2013, serving as a reader, table leader, and rubric master. Jessica was awarded the 2015 APA TOPSS Charles T. Blair-Broeker Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also co-author of the review book AP Psychology: All Access and contributing author to the blog Books for Psychology Class.