General Psychology with Spotlights on Diversity

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-11-09
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions

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General Psychology with Spotlights on Diversity offers students and teachers more features than any other introductory psychology text, at an affordable price for students. The text includes proven pedagogical features to enhance student learning and offers a host of instructor resource materials to make teaching as easy as possible. In addition, this exciting new text takes a fresh look at matters of culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other diversity issues in relation to psychology's content areas. All this is delivered in an exciting, four-color text, featuring updated photos, colorful anatomical art, and new author input. What does General Psychology with Spotlights on Diversity offer? A science-based approach to psychology. Students are introduced to the concepts, principles, methods, challenges, and vocabulary of psychology. Applied theories of learning and memory. Pedagogical features to reinforce key concepts, encourage critical thinking, and make real-world situations meaningful, including Chapter Outlines, Previews, and Summaries Before You Go On questions Glossary Terms Points to Ponder or Discuss Examples and Applications Extensive Student Study Guide A historical context to the science of psychology. Historical perspectives provide added depth to the text. A focus on diversity of psychology in the 21st century. Matters of culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other diversity issues are addressed in relation to the science of psychology, including Minority Pioneers Women in Psychology Learning Disabilities and the Brain Gender Differences in the Perception of Color Cultural Differences in Perceptual Organization Ethnic and Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse Ethnic Differences in Learning Styles Gender and Memory Racial and Ethnic Differences in IQ Parenting Styles Gender and Ethnic Differences in Self-Esteem and Locus of Control Sexual Orientation Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare Disorders, Race, and Gender Psychotherapy and Minority Groups Attitudes Toward People with Disabilities Racial Profiling of African Americans and Hispanic Americans An economical introductory textbook. In an age of ever-increasing textbook prices, instructors can feel confident they are keeping their students' costs low. You won't find a better introductory text at a lower price. An extensive Student Study Guide. Available online for free, this Guide provides students with study tips, practice tests, and real-life links that they may access for more in-depth information. Many teacher-functional features. Instructor's Resource Kit with extensive digital tools, including links to relevant iPod/iPad/iPhone apps Test item file, with over 2000 multiple-choice items keyed to the text Computerized version of the Test Bank Power Point slide presentation of each chapter

Author Biography

Josh R. Gerow earned his BS in psychology at the University of Buffalo and his PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Tennessee. A college professor for more than 40 years, he conducts research and continues to teach courses at Indiana University—Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He is also the author (or coauthor) of sixteen editions of introductory psychology textbooks.


Kenneth S. Bordens earned his BA in psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University and his MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Toledo. He has taught at Indiana University—Purdue University at Fort Wayne for the past 30 years. The author of a number of psychology textbooks, he is currently writing a text on statistics.


Evelyn Blanch-Payne earned her PhD in educational psychology from Kent State University. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, she was also recently listed among the Great Women of the 21st Century. She teaches psychology at Clark Atlanta University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology and Its Research Methods

Chapter 2: The Biological Bases of Psychological Functioning

Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception

Chapter 4: Varieties of Consciousness

Chapter 5: Learning

Chapter 6: Memory

Chapter 7: “Higher” Cognitive Processes

Chapter 8: Development through the Lifespan

Chapter 9: Personality

Chapter 10: Motivation and Emotion

Chapter 11: Stress and Mental Health

Chapter 12: The Psychological Disorders

Chapter 13: Treatment and Therapy for the Psychological Disorders

Chapter 14: Social Psychology

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