First Edition   ©2018

My Psychology

Andrew M. Pomerantz (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4292-6018-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-6018-3; Format: Paper Text, 736 pages

A “uniquely personal” approach to intro psychology!

One of Andrew Pomerantz’s goals in writing My Psychology was to make the science of psychology immediate and relevant to college students. Check out these features that help students apply psychological concepts to their lives.


Fresh examples

Fresh examples that engage and relate to the modern college student.

In the Motivation and Emotion chapter, many textbooks use the example of a wild animal attack as an event that triggers a strong emotion.   My Psychology uses the example of water spilling a on a cell phone.



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From Research to Real Life

From Research to Real Life features directly connect psychological research to an aspect of the student's daily activities.  (This is a favorite among instructors who've reviewed the text!)

 Chapter 1: Psychologists' Research on College Success
Chapter 2: The Murderer's Mind
Chapter 3: Variety, the Key to Happiness?
Chapter 4: Do You Realize What Sleep Deprivation Does to You?
Chapter 5: Is Forgetting Good?/Improving Memory
Chapter 6: Classical Conditioning in Advertising
Chapter 7: Intelligence Correlates with ...
Chapter 8: Does Money Buy Happiness? 
Chapter 9: A Well-Running Brain
Chapter 10: Does Gaydar Work?
Chapter 11: Don't Stress Out about Stress
Chapter 12: What's Happening to Our Locus of Control?
Chapter 13: Milgram, Obedience, and the NFL's Bounty Scandal
Chapter 14: How Powerful Are Magazines in the Development of Eating Disorders?
Chapter 15: Psychotherapy Changes the Brain

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Life Hacks

Life Hack mini-features offer direct suggestions to students for how to improve their lives according to the findings of psychological research. These 1- 2 sentence tips steer students toward higher levels of well-being, productivity, and other desirable outcomes.

Chapter 1: How to boost your grades in college courses
Chapter 2: How physical exercise can provide an endorphin boost and elevate your mood
Chapter 3: How eating healthier foods consistently can change your taste preferences
Chapter 4: How limiting screen time right before bed can improve your sleep
Chapter 5: How good sleep enhances your memory
Chapter 6: How suggesting a replacement behavior can increase the effectiveness of punishment
Chapter 7: How awareness of the durability bias can influence happiness
Chapter 8: How doing kind things for others can increase your happiness
Chapter 9: How exercising can maximize your brain's level of functioning
Chapter 10: How reading, training, and interacting with others can boost your cultural intelligence
Chapter 11: How viewing stress as an opportunity rather than a threat can enhance coping
Chapter 12: How you can use small amounts of neuroticism and pessimism to your benefit
Chapter 13: How spending time and developing relationships with people different from yourself can reduce your prejudices
Chapter 14: How avoiding rumination can protect you against depression
Chapter 15: How a strong therapeutic alliance can benefit your psychotherapy results

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It’s Like...

It's Like... features use the power of analogy to help students understand concepts that may be unfamiliar but share important similarities with concepts they already know well.

Chapter 2: Plasticity Is Like an Athlete Switching Positions
Chapter 3: Top-Down Processing Is Like Autocomplete
Chapter 4: Consciousness Is Like a Light Controlled by a Dimmer
Chapter 5: Your Smartphone Is Like a Flash Drive for Your Brain
Chapter 6: Dogs Discriminating Between Similar Shapes Are Like You Discriminating Between Similar Logos
Chapter 7: The Hierarchical Model of Intelligence is Like the National U.S. Weather Report
Chapter 8: The Thrifty Gene Hypothesis Is Like Buying Gas for a Nickel a Gallon
Chapter 9: Assimilation and Accommodation Are Like Folding Laundry
Chapter 10: Dynamic Sizing Is Like Appreciating Brittney Griner's Height
Chapter 11: Stifling Your Fight-or-Flight Response Is Like Stepping on the Gas and Brake at the Same Time
Chapter 12: Self-Reports on Personality Questionnaires Are like Self-Reports in Real Life
Chapter 13: Fighting Prejudice with Intergroup Contact Is Like Treating a Phobia
Chapter 14: The Categorical Model Is Like an HIV Test, and the Dimensional Model Is Like a Blood Pressure Test
Chapter 15: Common Factors in Therapy Are Like the Common Active Ingredient in Toothpaste
Chapter 15: Eclectic Therapy Is Like Fruit Salad, and Integrative Therapy Is Like a Smoothie

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Watching Psychology

Watching Psychology features use popular TV shows and movies to illustrate key concepts.

Chapter 1: Survey Says? Family Feud and Random Sampling
Chapter 2: The Hippocampus in Hollywood
Chapter 3: More Touch, More Wins?
Chapter 4: What (Body Clock) Time Is Kickoff?
 Chapter 5: The Serial Position Effect on American Idol?
Chapter 6: Home Runs and Schedules of Reinforcement
Chapter 7: Convergent and Divergent Thinking on Family Feud
Chapter 8: This Show Is Scary
Chapter 9: "Screen Time" and Kids' Development
Chapter 10: TV, Sexual Attitudes, and Sexual Behaviors
Chapter 11: Sudden Death? The Stress-Related Health Risks of Watching Sports on TV
Chapter 12: Personality and Preferences in Movies and TV
Chapter 13: The Voice, American Idol, and Attractiveness
Chapter 14: A Beautiful Mind
Chapter 15: Psychotherapists in Movies and TV

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Current Controversy

Current Controversy features encourage critical thinking and an appreciation of the scientific process by introducing students to ongoing debates and disagreements within personally relevant areas of psychology.

Chapter 1: Should Psychologists Prescribe Medication?
Chapter 2: Neuroeverything?
Chapter 3: Can Your Retina or Iris Unlock Your Smartphone?
Chapter 4: Should High School Start Later in the Day?
Chapter 5: Do Sports Injuries Cause Memory Loss?
Chapter 6: Does Violence in the Media Cause Violence in Real Life?
Chapter 7: What is Texting Doing to Language?
Chapter 8: Advertising Unhealthy Foods to Kids
Chapter 9: Social Networking and Computer Gaming: Good or Bad for Adolescent Development?
Chapter 10: How Does Facebook Affect Body Image?
Chapter 11: What Counts as a Trauma?
Chapter 12: Is There an Upside to Neuroticism?
Chapter 13: Cyberbullying and Social Psychology
Chapter 14: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?
Chapter 15: Therapies that Work ... for Whom?

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Student dialogue questions, easily distinguished in the text with a colorful font and icon of a raised hand, anticipate students' confusion or common questions and provide clear-cut answers.



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Student Dialogue Question 4