Description Students First. Designed for student success, Feldman provides students with a powerful learning framework to help them connect, engage, and feel excited about psychology.
Using a revolutionary revision process, Essentials of Understanding Psychology is a fully integrated learning system that brings the “Students First” goal to a new level. With the adaptive learning program, SmartBook™, every student has a unique experience personalized to their needs.
The new edition has continued to use the “HeatMap” technology to advise the revision. Systematic and precise feedback from thousands of students was anonymously collected using LearnSmart™. Because virtually every paragraph in the previous edition is tied to several questions students answer in LearnSmart, the author was able to see where students struggled most…the “hot spots”…and in turn refine and update these areas to be more clear, more concise, and more impactful.
The 12th edition continues with Feldman's accessible pedagogy and hallmark research, as well as his modules-within-chapters format that is both manageable for students and allows every professor the flexibility to assign and cover what they want.
Modules within chapters format is manageable for students and flexible for professors who wish to assign complete chapters.
An extensive pedagogical system throughout each module and chapter, guiding students through the material with Key Concept Questions, Prologues, Looking Ahead sections, Running Glossaries, Recap/Evaluate/Rethink segments, and Study Alerts. Feldman designed this pedagogy based on the proven work he has done in Student Success and First Year Experience.
Focus on Diversity. Diversity is woven into the material throughout the program. Each chapter contains at least one Exploring Diversity section devoted to an aspect of racial, ethnic, gender, or cultural diversity.
From the Perspective of... Every chapter now includes questions to help students connect psychological concepts with career realities. The feature helps students understand how psychology impacts their chosen program of study and answers the "why does psychology matter to me?" question. Examples of some of the career fields include health, technology, criminal justice, and marketing.
Optional Modules on Diversity, I/O Psychology, Sustainability, and Forensic Psychology are available for custom solutions through McGraw-Hill Education Create.
McGraw-Hill Connect is a digital assignment and assessment platform that strengths the link between faculty, students, and course work, helping everyone accomplish more in less time. Connect Psychology includes assignable and assessable videos, quizzes, exercises, and interactivities, all associated with learning objectives. Interactive assignments and videos allow students to experience and apply their understanding of psychology to the world with fun and stimulating activities.
Available within Connect, SmartBook™ is an adaptive learning program designed to help students stay focused and maximize their study time. Based on metacognition, and powered by LearnSmart™, SmartBook’s adaptive capabilities provide with a personalized reading and learning experience that helps them identify the concepts they know, and more importantly, the concepts they don’t know.
Available within Connect, Concept Clips, now with audio, help students break down key themes and difficult concepts in psychology. Using easy-to-understand analogies, visual cues, and colorful animation, Concept Clips make psychology meaningful to everyday life.
Available within Connect, Interactivities, engage students with content through experiential activities.
Available within Connect, Newsflash exercises tie current news stories to key psychological principles and learning objectives. After interacting with a contemporary news story, students are assessed on their ability to make the connection between real life and research findings. Cases are revisited across chapters, encouraging students to consider multiple perspectives.
Providing Powerful Reporting
Easy-to-use course management tools allow instructors to spend less time administering and more time teaching, while reports allow students to monitor their progress and optimize their study time.
The At-Risk Student Report provides instructors with one-click access to a dashboard that identifies students who are at risk of dropping out of the course due to low engagement levels.
The Category Analysis Report details student performance relative to specific learning objective goals, including APA learning goals and outcomes and levels of Bloom's taxonomy.
Connect Insight is a one-of-a-kind visual analytics dashboard- now available for both instructors and students- that provides at-a-glance information regarding student performance.
The LearnSmart Reports allow instructors and students to easily monitor progress and pinpoint areas of weakness, giving each student a personalized study plan to achieve success.
Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychology
MODULE 1: Psychologists at Work
MODULE 2: A Science Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future
MODULE 3: Research in Psychology
MODULE 4: Critical Research Issues
Chapter 2: Neuroscience and Behavior
MODULE 5: Neurons: The Basic Elements
MODULE 6: The Nervous System and the Endocrine System: Communicating Within the Body
MODULE 7: The Brain
Chapter 3: Sensation and Perception
MODULE 8: Sensing the World Around Us
MODULE 9: Vision: Shedding Light on the Eye
MODULE 10: Hearing and the Other Senses
MODULE 11: Perceptual Organization: Constructing Our View of the World
Chapter 4: States of Consciousness
MODULE 12: Sleep and Dreams
MODULE 13: Hypnosis and Meditation
MODULE 14: Drug Use: The Highs and Lows of Consciousness
Chapter 6: Memory
MODULE 18: The Foundations of Memory
MODULE 19: Recalling Long-Term Memories
MODULE 20: Forgetting: When Memory Fails
Chapter 7: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
MODULE 21: Thinking and Reasoning
MODULE 22: Language
MODULE 23: Intelligence
Chapter 8: Motivation and Emotion
MODULE 24: Explaining Motivation
MODULE 25: Human Needs and Motivation: Eat, Drink, and Be Daring
MODULE 26: Understanding Emotional Experiences
Chapter 9: Development
MODULE 27: Nature and Nurture: The Enduring Developmental Issue
MODULE 28: Infancy and Childhood
MODULE 29: Adolescence: Becoming an Adult
MODULE 30: Adulthood
Chapter 10: Personality
MODULE 31: Psychodynamic Approaches to Personality
MODULE 32: Trait, Learning, Biological and Evolutionary, and Humanistic Approaches to Personality
MODULE 33: Assessing Personality: Determining What Makes Us Distinctive
Chapter 11: Health Psychology: Stress, Coping, and Well-Being
MODULE 34: Stress and Coping
MODULE 35: Psychological Aspects of Illness and Well-Being
MODULE 36: Promoting Health and Wellness
Chapter 12: Psychological Disorders
MODULE 37: Normal Versus Abnormal: Making the Distinction
MODULE 38: The Major Psychological Disorders
MODULE 39: Psychological Disorders in Perspective
Chapter 13: Treatment of Psychological Disorders
MODULE 40: Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Approaches to Treatment
MODULE 41: Psychotherapy: Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Group Approaches to Treatment
MODULE 42: Biomedical Therapy: Biological Approaches to Treatment
Chapter 14: Social Psychology
MODULE 43: Attitudes and Social Cognition
MODULE 44: Social Influence and Groups
MODULE 45: Prejudice and Discrimination
MODULE 46: Positive and Negative Social Behavior
MHE CONNECT: McGraw-Hill Education Psychology APA Documentation Style Guide
Robert S. Feldman, University of Massachusetts Amherst