Synopses & Reviews
'In a course where professors are frequently confronted by students who haven\'t actually read their textbooks, this text offers a solution. The shortest, most succinct of the books written by Dennis Coon, PSYCHOLOGY: A JOURNEY presents psychology in a way that sparks readers\' curiosity, insights, imagination, and interest?getting students \"hooked\" on psychology and eager to read on. The first author to integrate the proven SQ4R (survey, question, read, recite, relate, and review) active learning system into a psychology textbook, Coon helps readers grasp major concepts, develop a broad understanding of psychology\'s diversity, and see for themselves how psychology relates to the challenges of everyday life. Because readers become actively involved with the material, they develop a basic understanding of psychology that they take with them into their future courses and careers.'
"The author has accomplished his goal of promoting students' interest in human behavior through his personable writing style. I did not choose Coon's text because of his personal writing approach, although it was an added bonus. I chose his text mainly because after defining the topic, he asks question related to the topic that students may have and provides a direct answer to each question. I find that students ask questions that are similar to Coon's questions and therefore, can redirect them to reread that particular section in the text'The journal entries allow students to relate to the situation occurring in their own life which then prompts them to want to know more about the topic'The author manages to incorporate the example from the journal entry into the chapter as he discusses various related topics, thereby continuing to hold students' interests in the topic and connecting psychological concepts to daily activities."
"This text is an excellent introductory psychology text that provides a wide array of psychology topics and application to real-world experience. It is easily relatable and informative to students and creates a basis for many riveting and dynamic class discussions."
About the Author
Dennis Coon earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Arizona and afterwards joined Santa Barbara City College in California where he taught introductory psychology for over 22 years. He is also the author of PSYCHOLOGY; A MODULAR APPROACH TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR, Tenth Edition, and PSYCHOLOGY: A JOURNEY, Second Edition. His texts have collectively helped over 2.5 million students learn introductory psychology. Dr. Coon designs, builds and plays classical and steel string acoustic guitars and has published articles on guitar design and has offered lectures on the topic. He and his wife Sevren live in Tucson, AZ. where he continues to teach, write, edit and consult.
Table of Contents
1. Introducing Psychology and Research Methods. 2. Brain and Behavior. 3. Human Development. 4. Sensation and Perception. 5. States of Consciousness. 6. Conditioning and Learning. 7. Memory. 8. Cognition, Intelligence, and Creativity. 9. Motivation and Emotion. 10. Personality. 11. Health, Stress, and Coping. 12. Psychological Disorders. 13. Therapies. 14. Social Behavior. Appendix-Statistics.