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Psychology in Action, 10th Edition

October 2011, ©2012
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Engage and Inspire through active learning with Karen Huffman's Psychology in Action,the acknowledged leader of active learning and student success. This flagship book's new edition helps students examine their own personal studying and learning styles with several new pedagogical aids -- encouraging students to apply what they are learning to their everyday lives. Through its welcoming voice, Psychology In Action continues to offer a program through the book and media with ongoing study tips and psychological techniques for mastering the material as well as integration of technology through WileyPLUS.

Additionally, author Karen Huffman has created a new Video Tutorial Series explaining and contextualizing over 80 of the most difficult concepts in introductory psychology by using examples and applications not discussed in the text; hands-on demonstrations developed in the author's classroom; and "virtual field trips" in which students see psychology in real world settings.

Psychology in Action is available in alternate versions (eBooks and custom) for professors and students. For more information, visit the "Instructor's Resource" tab or "Student Resource" tab below.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Engaging and Inspiring Today’s Students! Xiii

What’s New in the Tenth Edition? Xiv

Continuing Features xix

Supplements xxv

Acknowledgments xxviii

Prologue xxxiii

Student Engagement Through Critical Thinking xxxiii

Chapter One. Introduction to Psychology and Its Research Methods 3

Chapter Two. Neuroscience and Biological Foundations 51

Chapter Three. Stress and Health Psychology 93

Chapter Four. Sensation and Perception 125

Chapter Five. States of Consciousness 167

Chapter Six. Learning 205

Chapter Seven. Memory 247

Chapter Eight. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence 283

Chapter Nine. Life Span Development I 323

Chapter Ten. Life Span Development 359

Chapter Eleven. Gender and Human Sexuality 387

Chapter Twelve. Motivation and Emotion 421

Chapter Thirteen. Personality 457

Chapter Fourteen. Psychological Disorders 491

Chapter Fifteen. Therapy 531

Chapter Sixteen. Social Psychology 567

Chapter Seventeen. Industrial/Organizational Psychology 607

Chapter Eighteen Psychology at Work in the Global Economy 637

Appendix A. Statistics and Psychology

Appendix B. Answers to Review Questions and Other Activities



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Name Index

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New To This Edition

  • NEW! The interior has been entirely re-designed in order to help readers to move through the concepts with maximum clarity and minimum distraction.
  • NEW Research Challenges present expanded discussions of the latest research on “Hot Topics” (such as Embodied Cognition), followed by a special Student Engagement Exercise, which asks students to identify the hypothesis, research method, IV, DV, etc.  This repeatedly reinforces the most essential student learning objectives -- the mastery of the scientific method and its various components.  Few, if any, intro texts ever revisit this material past Chapter 1, much less provide interactive, self-testing opportunities. 
  • A NEW Expanded Psychology Engages section has been included at the end of each chapter. This increases the flow of the most essential material, while still preserving the highly engaging, supplemental material to successfully enrich learning.
  • NEW Myth Busters are integrated throughout each chapter and encourage students to think critically about previous psychological misperceptions and myths.
  • NEW Test Yourself  is integrated throughout Psychology in Action asks students to respond to highly engaging personality questionnaires and self-reflection exercises in order to increase their motivation and engagement while also improving understanding of key terms and core concepts. [This feature differs from the preexisting “Try This Yourself” because it focuses on “self-tests” (e.g., “What Are Your Major Hassles?” “Are You Resilient?”) versus hands-on exercises related to specific textual material (e.g., “Do You Have a Blind Spot?”)] 
  • NEW, Upgraded, and renamed Step-by-Step Diagrams and Concept Organizers, with a small, STOP sign icon and a note to the reader saying: This Step-by-Step diagram [or Concept Organizer] contains essential information NOT found elsewhere in the text, which is likely to appear on quizzes and exams. Be sure to study it CAREFULLY!
  • NEW, Upgraded, and renamed Stop & Review feature. The previously named “Check & Review” feature has been changed by:
    • Streamlining and moving the previous learning objectives and answers to the new narrative summary at the end of the chapter.
    • Adding a NEW “Retrieval Practice” section that reflects the latest research on the most effective technique for learning and retention.
    • Increasing the previous number of multiple-choice and fill-in questions.
  • UPGRADED Visual Summaries follow the NEW narrative summaries and are now more visually appealing and less textual. Narrative Summaries present the learning objectives distributed throughout the chapter, along with sample answers, in a two-page spread at the end of each chapter. 

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Karen Huffman’s Psychology in Action is the recognized leader in critical thinking and active learning and was the first Intro Psych text to implement both..
  • Visual Quizzes: Photos, cartoons, and figures are used to add visual dimension to the learning experience. Quizzes are accompanied by questions that help students assess their understanding of topics.
  • Tools for Student Success: Active Reading, Strategies for Grade Improvement, Time Management and Study Tips.
  • Why Study Psychology? Chapter Openers: Each chapter now begins with a brief overview of the benefits and special high points of the chapter to help motivate and excite the reader.
  • Personal Story/Case Study: In response to professor and student requests, Psychology in Action contains short vignettes sprinkled throughout the text.

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Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
Lecture PowerPoint Presentation
Every chapter contains a Lecture PowerPoint Presentation, prepared by Katie Townsend-Merino of Palomar College, with a combination of key concepts, figures and tables, and examples from the textbook.
Instructorís Manual
The Instructorís Manual, prepared by Danielle Sprague of Hocking College, is designed to help instructors maximize student learning. The Instructor's Manual presents teaching suggestions for each chapter of the text, including lecture starters, lecture extensions, classroom discussions and activities, out of the classroom assignments, internet and print resources, and more!
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Students Resources
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Student Study and Review Guide
Prepared by Karen Huffman and Richard Hosey, this valuable resource offers students an easy way to review the text in-class quizzes and exams. For each textbook chapter, the study guide offers numerous tools designed to save students time, while also helping them master the core information. These tools include chapter outlines, core learning outcomes, key terms, key term crossword puzzles, matching exercises, fill-in exercises, an active learning exercise, and two sample tests (20 items each) with text-referenced correct answers. Each chapter of the Student Study and Review Guide also includes a copy of the Visual Summaries that appear at the end of each chapter in the text. Students in the past have copied these summaries to use during class lecture or text reading, so they have been included in the guide to make student studying easier.
Web Resources
Annotated web links put useful electronic resources for psychology into the context of your Introduction to Psychology course.
This interactive module gives students the opportunity to test their knowledge of vocabulary terms.
Chapter exams
Chapter exams, prepared by Kay Fernandes at Trident Technical College, give students a way to test themselves on course material before exams. Each chapter exam contains fill in the blank, application, and multiple choice questions that provide immediate feedback with the correct answer. Each question is also linked to a learning objective within the book to aid them in concept mastery.
Handbook for Non-Native Speakers
This handbook clarifies idioms, special phrases, and difficulty vocabulary to help students that do not use English as their first language.
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