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Psychology and Life

ISBN 9781442539815
Edition 2
Publication Date
Publisher Pearson Education Australia
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Overview

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:

comparison of high and low distress marriages that end in divorce being happy and gullible—mood effects on scepticism and detection of deception infant cognition processing nouns and verbs in the left frontal cortex the specific brain regions that are activated when new memories are formed predictions of young Australian attitudes towards Aboriginal, Asian and Arab people the role that AIDS preventative behaviour skills have in predicting the current behaviour and intentions of gay Asian-Australians.

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:

an additional chapter on Cross-Cultural Psychology that examines Cultural traditionalism, Cultural syndromes, What is Indigenous Psychology, Ethnocentrism, Multiculturalism and more (Chapter 18) a fully updated research chapter, including more Australian research examples, Australian research councils and Australian research ethical codes extensive coverage of Australian women in Psychology and Indigenous psychologists more local developmental content, including more emphasis on Australian adolescents greater coverage of psychological disorders, including Australian research into ADHD revised Australian statistics throughout the text.

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 Psychology in Your Life topics include: In what ways do psychologists participate in the legal system? (Chapter 1) Psychology in movies and books (Chapter 4) Are you a morning type or an evening type? (Chapter 6) How can you become more creative? (Chapter 10) How does the presence of others influence your eating? (Chapter 12) Can you accurately predict your future emotions? (Chapter 13) In what ways are you like a chameleon? (Chapter 17) How do you define your culture? (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. 

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)
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.
Overview

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:

comparison of high and low distress marriages that end in divorce being happy and gullible—mood effects on scepticism and detection of deception infant cognition processing nouns and verbs in the left frontal cortex the specific brain regions that are activated when new memories are formed predictions of young Australian attitudes towards Aboriginal, Asian and Arab people the role that AIDS preventative behaviour skills have in predicting the current behaviour and intentions of gay Asian-Australians.

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:

an additional chapter on Cross-Cultural Psychology that examines Cultural traditionalism, Cultural syndromes, What is Indigenous Psychology, Ethnocentrism, Multiculturalism and more (Chapter 18) a fully updated research chapter, including more Australian research examples, Australian research councils and Australian research ethical codes extensive coverage of Australian women in Psychology and Indigenous psychologists more local developmental content, including more emphasis on Australian adolescents greater coverage of psychological disorders, including Australian research into ADHD revised Australian statistics throughout the text.

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 Psychology in Your Life topics include: In what ways do psychologists participate in the legal system? (Chapter 1) Psychology in movies and books (Chapter 4) Are you a morning type or an evening type? (Chapter 6) How can you become more creative? (Chapter 10) How does the presence of others influence your eating? (Chapter 12) Can you accurately predict your future emotions? (Chapter 13) In what ways are you like a chameleon? (Chapter 17) How do you define your culture? (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. 

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)
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.

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