Features and Benefits

A learner-centered approach engages students deeply in the study of psychology

  • An engaging writing style helps awakens students’ curiosity and energizes their desire to learn about psychology.

  • Comprehensive coverage of key research enables students to achieve a thorough understanding of the discipline, top to bottom.

  • A hands-on approach, with various in-text activities, gets students learning actively, so they’ll master psychological concepts more readily.

  • Updated - Thoroughly revised Applying Psychology to Everyday Life features show how psychological concepts are relevant to students’ experiences in daily life.

  • New - Coverage of the latest developments in psychology ensures an up-to-date learning experience. The 6th Edition has been updated to include:

    • New research on SSRIs and the link between serotonin and various disorders

    • A revised discussion of why eyewitness testimony can be unreliable

    • Information about recent viral outbreaks around the world that are partly a result of the anti-vaccination movement

    • Updated research on the genetic factors that influence neuroscience and therefore BMI

    • Coverage of Type D personality, which is characterized by distress, negative emotions, and social inhibition

    • More information on social identity theory and how it relates to aggression and altruism

    • Expanded discussion of the genetic influences on the development of schizophrenia


A greater emphasis on APA learning goals helps students master the skills they need to succeed

  • In writing Psychology, the authors have used the American Psychological Association (APA) goals and assessment recommendationsas guidelines for structuring content and integrating the teaching and homework materials. By focusing on core competencies and successful methods of assessment, the authors strive to best enhance learning and facilitate successful learning outcomes.

  • Based on APA recommendations, each chapter is structured around detailed learning objectives. All of the instructor and student resources are also organized around these objectives, making the text and resources a fully integrated system of study. The flexibility of these resources allows instructors to choose which learning objectives are important in their courses as well as which content they want their students to focus on.

  • Updated - The introductory chapter, Psychology in Action, has been restructured around eight modules that address many of the APA learning goals for the undergraduate psychology major.

  • Critical thinking features in each chapter reinforce scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills, supporting APA Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking.