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Cengage Advantage Books: Kagan and Segal's Psychology: An Introduction (with InfoTrac) (Available Titles Cengagenow) [Paperback]

Don Baucum , Carolyn D. Smith
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July 9, 2003 0155081144 978-0155081147 9
This value-priced paperback combines brevity, clarity, rigor and relevance to adeptly cover the core topics in psychology. Continuing with the character and spirit of previous editions, Don Baucum and Carolyn Smith join Jerome Kagan and Julius Segal to create a streamlined text with a free integrated study guide. The text follows a developmental theme, with an emphasis on diversity coverage and critical thinking. In many chapters, the developmental theme is highlighted by a Life Span Perspective feature that shows students the relevance of chapter topics to the development of a human life, and that helps them make connections between themes discussed in different chapters. Personal applications and real-life examples are included throughout the text to engage students in every key topic area.

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"It (Kagan) is one of the most comprehensive General Psychology texts that I have previewed. Its' multicultural focus is extensive and incorporates many diverse and thought-provoking issues. The test provides students with a venue for opinion formation, analysis of current cultural issues, and initial development of potential research agendas."

"Initial chapter information is presented in an attention-grabbing introduction, and is then strategically interwoven throughout the remaining chapter, expanded upon, and finally, carefully reviewed at the end of the chapter in a concise summary with application "Test Yourself" questions. This strategy greatly aids students in retaining/comprehending the material."

"I would describe this (text) as a general psychology book that reads well and should appeal to both advanced and non-advanced students, which is a heck of an accomplishment. It covers the right amount of material, neither overwhelming the readers nor dumbing things down for them."

"Key strengths include a strong, yet simple to understand, view of biological mechanisms that influence behavior. There is an excellent empirical backbone throughout the text."

"By and large, the book is written at precisely the right level for an introductory psychology class. Its blend of theory and application is balanced beautifully."

About the Author

Don Baucum is an Associate Professor and a member of the primary faculty of the Department of Psychology at UAB. His Ph.D. is in General Experimental Psychology, with extensive training in clinical psychology as well. He currently divides his professional time between teaching and writing. Courses include personality, social psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, psychology of learning, and various others--along with numerous offerings of introductory psychology. Writing efforts include two other textbooks as co-author, plus two general psychology surveys and assorted study materials as author. In his words, "Psychology is what I do, and I'll always enjoy doing it. But I also have that half-finished novel in the computer...."

Carolyn Smith, a freelance writer, is the author of THE ABSENTEE AMERICAN and STRANGERS AT HOME, and co-editor of IN THE FIELD: READINGS ON THE FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. She has also lent her writing expertise to other psychology texts child development.

Product Details

  • Series: Available Titles Cengagenow
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 9 edition (July 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0155081144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155081147
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book September 10, 2000
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I used this book in school and it was wonderful for my psychology class. It discusses all of the definite studies as well as gives a great understanding for psychological disorders. At the end of eah chapter is a great study guide, which helped prepare me for all of my tests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars college days in the past now... February 24, 2013
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I remember purchasing this book and it was worth every dollar I paid. It's a great tool to have if your going to take more courses in psychology. very interesting reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars book February 17, 2013
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Overall I'm not a fan of the book however amazon did a great job mailing it to me on time. One major problem that I am having is that some of the pages are missing in the book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not clear September 28, 2012
By Jewels
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I have notice when taking the test, the answers in this book are not very clear, other students in the class are saying the same. The wording they use is not clear. I'm trying to explain this right. When the test ask you a question and you look it up in the book, it's not very clear what that answer should be. I hope everyone knows what I mean when I say that.It's not cut and dry, the test question, and then theres your answer in the book. That's not how it is. It's all about the wording they use, it's not clear enough. Other than that it has tons of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks August 25, 2012
By Anthony
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Ordered this book for class. Came in pretty quickly and had it for when the class began. The book was in great shape.
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