How familiar are your students with the scientific process? How do you get students to understand that psychology is a rigorous science?
An important goal of Psychology and Life is to teach the scientific basis of psychological reasoning. Within each chapter we integrate directly into the text descriptions of classic and cutting-edge research studies that showcase the how and why behind key psychological research. These research studies are identified with a vertical maroon bracket and include:
Do your students ask themselves: "Why am I here? When will I use this information?" How do you motivate them to see that psychology is a dynamic, relevant discipline?
Our local authors have been able to provide greater relevance to our students through the addition of local research, examples, pictures and statistics.
Such examples include:
Psychology in Your Life sections show students how psychological knowledge is directly relevant to the decisions they make every day by presenting and exploring questions posed by psychology students themselves.
New Critical Thinking in Your Life topics include:
Why is skill with numbers important? (Chapter 2)
The Cinderella effect (Chapter 4)
Are drivers distracted when they use their mobile phones? (Chapter 5)
How is personality conveyed in cyberspace? (Chapter 14)
How do disorders enter the DSM? (Chapter 15)
How do we best assist refugees? (Chapter 18)
How are your students’ critical thinking skills? Do you find yourself in the position of having to "unteach" some of the notions about psychology they may have acquired through the popular media?
Recognising that students quite often have acquired partial or even incorrect understandings of psychological concepts from the popular media, we have a feature called Critical Thinking in Your Life in which we seek to confront students directly with the experimental basis of critical conclusions to teach them how to interpret and evaluate what they hear in the media and become wiser consumers of the abundance of research studies and surveys cited.
We also reinforce critical thinking skills in several other ways:
Critical Thinking questions in Stop and Review boxes Probing questions paired with photos and figures Essay questions at the end of each chapter.