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Focus on big ideas
1. The body influences the mind, and the mind influences the body.
2. Who we are, how we develop, and how we behave is due to a complex interaction between genes and environment.
3. Our experiences are subjective; our perception is influenced by what we know and believe.
4. Variations in human behavior and mental processes are influenced by psychological, biological, social, and cultural factors.
5. Applying psychological principles can change our lives and communities in positive ways.
6. Ethical principles guide psychology research and practice.
As each new topic is presented, students answer a few questions about its main ideas. This helps students stay focused, actively process the information, and construct new knowledge.
Psychology in the Real World supports equitable teaching with the use of autograded formative assessment. This allows all students the opportunity to develop A-student habits through low-stakes opportunities to check their understanding.
Everything you need
Psychology in the Real World provides everything you need for your course—including a test bank, lecture slides, and an analytics dashboard. Plus, we can tailor the webtext to match your program’s emphasis, term length, student expectations, and assignment types.
Introduction to Psychology
- What Is Psychology?
- A Brief History of Psychology
- Current Perspectives and Levels of Analysis
- What Do Psychologists Do?
- A Scientific Method
- Descriptive Methods
- Correlational Methods
- Experimental Methods
- Conclusions and Claims
- Research Spotlight: Analyzing Claims in Science Media
- Ethics in Psychological Research
The Brain and the Nervous System
- The Nervous System
- Regulating Neurotransmitters
- The Central Nervous System
- Research Spotlight: Can Driving a Taxi Change Your Brain?
- The Subcortex
- The Cerebrum
- The Peripheral Nervous System
- The Endocrine System
- What Is Consciousness?
- Brain Activity and Consciousness
- Levels of Consciousness
- Sleep and Consciousness
- Research Spotlight: Do “Night Owls” Get Better Grades in Afternoon Classes?
- Stages of Sleep
- Why We Sleep
- Sleep Disorders
- Altered Consciousness
- Drugs and Altered Consciousness
Sensation and Perception
- Sensation vs. Perception
- Detecting Stimuli
- Processing: From Sensation to Perception
- Research Spotlight: Does What We See Affect What We Hear?
- Vision: Sensing Visual Stimuli
- Vision Creates Perceptions of Color, Form, and Depth
- Hearing Starts With Sensing Auditory Stimuli
- Hearing: Perceiving Location, Loudness, and Pitch
- Sensing and Perceiving Smell and Taste
- Sensing and Perceiving Touch
- Beyond the Five Senses
- What Is Learning?
- Classical Conditioning Is an Unconscious Form of Learning
- Classical Conditioning: Processes
- Classical Conditioning in the Real World
- Operant Conditioning Is About Cause and Effect
- Operant Conditioning Uses Reinforcements and Rewards
- Operant Conditioning: Exploring Primary and Secondary Reinforcers
- Operant Conditioning: Timing and Scheduling Reinforcers
- Operant Conditioning: Shaping Complex Behaviors
- Operant Conditioning: Punishment Weakens Behavior
- Research Spotlight: Can Dog Clickers Help Medical Students Tie Better Surgical Knots?
- The ABCs of Behavior
- Biological and Cognitive Influences on Conditioning
- Observational Learning: Learning From the Behavior of Others
- What Is Memory?
- Encoding: Sensory Memory
- Research Spotlight: How Do Many People Fail to Notice What’s Right in Front of Them?
- Encoding: Working Memory
- Storage: Long-Term Memory
- Storage: Types of Memories
- Storage: Memory and the Brain
- Retrieval: Forgetting Is Necessary
- Retrieval: Encoding Failure
- Retrieval: Retrieval Failure
- Retrieval: Memory Decay
- Retrieval: Amnesia
- Retrieval: Memory Distortion and Misattributions
- Retrieval: Memory Distortion and False Information
- Retrieval: Study Tips and Strategies for Improving Memory
Thinking and Intelligence
- What Is Thinking?
- Cognition: Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow
- Cognition: Solving Problems
- Cognition: Obstacles to Problem-Solving
- Cognition: Overcoming Obstacles to Problem-Solving
- Cognition: Decision-Making
- Research Spotlight: Will Being a Maximizer Make You Unhappy?
- Cognition: Heuristics and Decision-Making
- Cognition: Language and Thinking
- What Is Intelligence?
- Intelligence: Forms and Theories
- Intelligence: Testing Intelligence
- Intelligence: Real-World Correlations
- Intelligence: Biological, Social, and Environmental Influences
- What Is Development?
- Genetic Influences on Development
- Prenatal Development
- Infancy and Childhood: Physical Development
- Infancy and Childhood: Social Development and Attachment
- Infancy and Childhood: Exploring Influences on Attachment
- Research Spotlight: Can Where You Live Influence Your Baby’s Behavior?
- Infancy and Childhood: Cognitive Development
- Infancy and Childhood: Further Stages of Cognitive Development
- Piaget’s Theory: Reflections and Critiques
- Adolescence: Physical Development
- Adolescence: Social and Emotional Development
- Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development
- Adulthood: Emotional and Social Development
Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
- Biology and Sex
- Variations in Biological Sex
- Creating and “Doing” Gender
- “Being” Our Gender: Gender Identity
- “Doing” Our Gender: Gender Roles
- Differences Between Genders
- Human Sexuality: Attraction and Orientation
- Human Sexuality: Origins of Orientation
- Sexual Motivation: Psychological and Social Influences
- Sexual Motivation: Variations and Individual Differences in Arousal
- Sexual Activity: The Response Cycle
- Sexual Activity: Emotional and Psychological Effects
- Research Spotlight: Can a Healthy Sex Life Boost Job Satisfaction?
Personality and the Self
- Defining the Self
- Research Spotlight: Are Women Who Carry Fake Designer Handbags Big Liars?
- Having and Maintaining a Sense of Self
- What Is Personality?
- Trait Theories of Personality
- Biological Influences on Personality Traits
- Psychodynamic Theory of Personality
- Psychosexual Development Theory of Personality
- Social Cognitive Theories of Personality
- Humanistic Theory of Personality
- Environmental Influences on Personality
- What Are Emotions?
- The Physiology of Emotions
- Brain Activity and Emotion
- Research Spotlight: Do Painkillers Kill Kindness?
- Emotion and Cognition
- Emotions and Behavior
- Are Emotional Expressions Universal?
- Major Theories of Emotion
- Emotional Regulation
- Emotional Intelligence
- Biological Sources of Motivation: Drives
- Biological Sources of Motivation: Pleasure and Optimum Arousal
- Extrinsic Sources of Motivation: Pursuing Rewards
- Psychological Sources of Motivation
- Intrinsic Motivation
- Goal Setting
- Goal Achievement: Motivating Mindsets
- Research Spotlight: Can Growing Students’ Mindsets Change Their Grades?
- Self-Regulation and Grit
- What Is Social Thinking?
- Social Thinking: Perceiving Others
- Social Thinking: Judgments and Attributions
- Social Thinking: Attributional Biases
- Social Thinking: Attitudes and Actions
- Social Thinking: Changing Attitudes Through Persuasion
- Social Behavior: Groups
- Social Behavior: Group Dynamics, Performance, and Decision-Making
- Social Behavior: Conformity
- Social Behavior: Obedience
- Social Behavior: Social Identity, Prejudice, and Discrimination
- Social Behavior: Reducing Prejudice
- Social Behavior: Aggression
- Research Spotlight: Is There a Link Between Video Games and Real-World Violence?
- Prosocial Behavior: Helping Others and Forming Connections
- What Are Psychological Disorders?
- Explaining the Causes of Psychological Disorders
- Classifying and Labeling Psychological Disorders
- Treating Psychological Disorders: Overview of Psychotherapies
- Treating Psychological Disorders: Overview of Biomedical Therapies
- Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction
- Anxiety Disorders: Causes
- Anxiety Disorders: Treatments
- Depressive Disorders: An Introduction
- Depressive Disorders: Causes
- Research Spotlight: Can Adding Exercise to Psychotherapy Cure Depression?
- Depressive Disorders: Treatments
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders: An Introduction
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Causes
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Treatments
- Mental Health: Resources and Support
- Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Stress and Well-Being
- What Is Stress?
- Types of Stressors
- The Stress Response
- Stress, Physical Health, and the Immune System
- Managing Stress Through Coping Mechanisms
- Managing Stress in the Present
- Managing Stress About the Past
- Managing Potential Stressors
- Helpful Habits: General Well-Being
- Helpful Habits: Psychological Well-Being
- Helpful Habits: Physical Well-Being
- Helpful Habits: Social Well-Being
- Research Spotlight: Can a Desk Plant Reduce Stress?
The theme of empirical evidence is brought to life for students through Research Spotlights, case studies that cultivate empirical thinking. Growing in complexity as the chapters progress, Research Spotlights invite students to think critically about the claims and methods of the articles on studies presented in the text.
Study questions throughout the webtext guide students to critical information by providing immediate feedback. These low-risk opportunities promote equitable teaching that allows all students the opportunity to flourish and learn better study habits.
Students engage each other through discussion boards that allow them to see the responses of their peers only after they've posted their own comment.
Polls allow students to share their opinions and then view a live pie chart displaying the responses of all class members.
Webtext Reader app
Reading tools allow students to click on vocabulary terms for definitions and mark up their own webtext by highlighting and adding notes in the margins.
Read to Me
Our text-to-speech feature instantly creates an audio version of the webtext page to extend the reach of online content.
Students can keep track of their own work inside My Progress, which records their scores, time spent, and completion.
The following materials are available for this course:
- test bank
- lecture slides
- release notes
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