Psychology in Modules
Eleventh Edition| ©2015 David G. Myers; C. Nathan DeWall
Formatted into 53 modules to help you engage with content in shorter, easier-to-digest reading assignments, Psychology in Modules helps you gain a deeper understanding of the material.
Trusted, fully engaged author team. David Myers’ partnership with coauthor C. Nathan DeWall matches two dedicated educators and scholars, each passionate about teaching psychological science through writing and interactive media.
Modular format. With its brief self-contained modules and teach-in-any-order organization, Psychology in Modules lets instructors teach exactly the material they want. For students, the modular format means more manageable reading assignments.
UPDATED "Assess Your Strengths" online activities. Now available with each chapter, the significantly revised Assess Your Strengths activities ask students to apply what they are learning from the text to their own lives and experiences by considering key "strengths." For each of these activities, the authors start by offering a personalized video introduction, explaining how that strength ties in to the content of the chapter. Next, they ask students to assess themselves on the strength (critical thinking, quality of sleep, self-control, relationship strength, healthy belonging, hope, and more) using scales developed by researchers across psychological science. After showing students their results, the authors offer tips for nurturing that strength in students’ own lives. Finally, students take a quiz to help solidify their learning.
How Would You Know online activities.
These online activities engage students in the scientific process, showing how psychological research begins with a question—and how key decision points can alter the meaning and value of a psychological study. In a fun, interactive environment, students learn about important aspects of research methods and analysis, such as random assignment, validity, and reliability.
Psychology, Twelfth Edition is accompanied by its own dedicated version of Worth Publishers’ breakthrough online course space, which offers:
- Pre-built Units for each chapter, curated by David Myers and C. Nathan DeWall, with media for that chapter organized and ready to assign or customize to suit your course.
- All online resources for the text in one location, including an interactive e-book, LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, and the How Would You Know and Assess Your Strengths features
- Intuitive and useful analytics, with a Gradebook that lets you see how your class is doing individually and as a whole.
- A streamlined and intuitive interface that lets instructors build an entire course in minutes.
- The complete and interactive e-book.
In a game-like format, LearningCurve adaptive and formative quizzing helps get students more deeply involved in the coursework. It offers:
- A unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers.
- A Personalized Study Plan, to guide students’ preparation for class and for exams.
- Feedback for each question with live links to relevant e-book pages, guiding students to the reading they need to do to improve their areas of weakness.
New to This Edition
Over 1100 new citations to engage students and give them the most current view of the field.
New infographics in each chapter to engage students in thinking critically about key psychological concepts (parenting styles, gender bias, group polarization, therapeutic lifestyle changes, and more).
120 new "Concept Practice" activities available in LaunchPad offer an effective interactive way to help students understand basic information about the course's foundational ideas. Each brief activity (only five minutes to complete) addresses one or two concepts, in a consistent format—review, practice, quiz, and conclusion —in which each section must be completed before students can move forward.
Reduced length. With more to do in the intro psych course—and with less time—the authors have reduced the length of this version to 53 modules (about 50 pages less than the previous edition).
Here’s what students are writing to the authors…
Your text goes above and beyond; your command of language, the occasional witty remarks and puns, the frequent inclusion of concrete psychological experiments pertaining to the respective subject--- I often found myself nodding my head while reading along, as I felt like the information I was taking in was substantiated with real-life applications.
- Sabrina Halavi, Santa Monica College
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Psychology in Modules
Eleventh Edition| ©2015
David G. Myers; C. Nathan DeWall
Table of Contents
Student Preface: Time Management—Or, How to Be a Great Student and Still Have a Life
The Story of Psychology
Module 1: What Is Psychology?
Thinking Critically With Psychological Science
Module 2: The Need for Psychological Science
Module 3: Research Strategies: How Psychologists Ask and Answer Questions
The Biology of Mind
Module 4: Statistical Reasoning in Everyday Life
Module 5: Neural and Homonal Systems
Module 6: The Tools of Discovery and Older Brain Structures
Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind
Module 7: The Cerebral Cortex and Our Divided Brain
Module 8: Brain States and Consciousness
Module 9: Sleep and Dreams
Module 10: Drugs and Consciousness
Developing Through the Life Span
Module 11: Infancy and Childhood
Module 12: Adolescence
Module 13: Adulthood
Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Module 14: Gender Development
Module 15: Human Sexuality
Sensation and Perception
Module 16: Basic Concepts of Sensation and Perception
Module 17: Vision: Sensory and Perceptual Processing
Module 18: The Nonvisual Senses
Module 19: Basic Learning Concepts and Classical Conditioning
Module 20: Operant Conditioning
Module 21: Biology, Cognition, and Learning
Module 22: Studying and Encoding Memories
Module 23: Storing and Retrieving Memories
Module 24: Forgetting, Memory Construction, and Improving Memory
Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
Module 25: Thinking
Module 26: Language and Thought
Module 27: Intelligence and Its Assessment
Module 28: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Intelligence
Motivation and Emotion
Module 29: Basic Motivational Concepts, Affiliation, and Achievement
Module 30: Hunger
Module 31: Theories and Physiology of Emotion
Module 32: Expressing and Experiencing Emotion
Stress, Health, and Human Flourishing
Module 33: Stress and Illness
Module 34: Health and Happiness
Module 35: Social Thinking and Social Influence
Module 36: Antisocial Relations
Module 37: Prosocial Relations
Module 38: Classic Perspectives on Personality
Module 39: Contemporary Perspectives on Personality
Module 40: Basic Concepts of Psychological Disorders
Module 41: Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD
Module 42: Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
Module 43: Schizophrenia and Other Disorders
Module 44: Introduction to Therapy and the Psychological Therapies
Module 45: Evaluating Psychotherapies
Module 46: The Biomedical Therapies and Preventing Psychological Disorders
Appendix A: Statistical Reasoning in Everyday Life
Appendix B: Psychology at Work
Appendix C: Career Fields in Psychology
Appendix D: Complete Chapter Reviews
Psychology in Modules
Eleventh Edition| 2015
David G. Myers; C. Nathan DeWall
David G. Myers
David Myers received his B.A. in chemistry from Whitworth University, and his psychology Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has spent his career at Hope College, Michigan, where he has taught dozens of introductory psychology sections. Hope College students have invited him to be their commencement speaker and voted him "outstanding professor."
His research and writings have been recognized by the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, by a 2010 Honored Scientist award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences, by a 2010 Award for Service on Behalf of Personality and Social Psychology, by a 2013 Presidential Citation from APA Division 2, by his 2015 election as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and by three dozen honorary doctorates.
With support from National Science Foundation grants, Myers' scientific articles have appeared in three dozen scientific periodicals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science, and the American Psychologist. In addition to his scholarly writing and his textbooks for introductory and social psychology, he also digests psychological science for the general public. His writings have appeared in four dozen magazines, from Today's Education to Scientific American. He also has authored five general audience books, including The Pursuit of Happiness and Intuition: Its Powers and Perils.
David Myers has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a thriving assistance center for families in poverty, and spoken to hundreds of college, community, and professional groups worldwide. Drawing on his experience, he also has written articles and a book (A Quiet World) about hearing loss, and he is advocating a transformation in American assistive listening technology (see www.hearingloop.org). For his leadership, he received an American Academy of Audiology Presidential Award in 2011, and the Hearing Loss Association of America Walter T. Ridder Award in 2012.
He bikes to work year-round and plays daily pick-up basketball. David and Carol Myers have raised two sons and a daughter, and have one granddaughter.
C. Nathan DeWall
Nathan is happily married to Alice DeWall and is the proud father of Beverly “Bevy” DeWall and brand-new baby Ellis DeWall. He enjoys playing with his two golden retrievers, Finnegan and Atticus. In his spare time, he writes novels, watches sports, tends his chickens and goats, and runs and runs and runs. He has braved all climates—from freezing to ferocious heat—to complete over 1000 miles’ worth of ultramarathons.
Psychology in Modules
Eleventh Edition| 2015
David G. Myers; C. Nathan DeWall
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