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Exploring Psychology Hardcover – February 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0716771401 ISBN-10: 0716771403 Edition: Seventh Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 581 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; Seventh Edition edition (February 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716771403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716771401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DAVID G. MYERS is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College, Michigan, USA, where he has taught dozens of Introductory Psychology courses. He has written many articles for scientific periodicals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science and the American Psychologist, as well as digests of psychological science in magazines for the general public.

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David G. Myers, Psychology of Psychology at Michigan's Hope College, is the author of seventeen books, and of articles in three dozen academic periodicals, from Science to the American Psychologist, and in four dozen magazines, from Scientific American to The Christian Century. For more information and free resources visit davidmyers.org.

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Required text book for Psychology course.
S. Rodriguez
The author slips in bits of dry humor, which keeps the reader engaged.
Kathryn Myers
The book was in exactly the condition stated, excellent.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Matthes on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have bought my share of text books, and more often then not I cringe at the cost for what you get. Often I find that my lecture materials are useful and the text is not.

Not so this book! I loved it (although the chapters can be a little long)

PROS: the quizzes throughout chapters to test your understanding and an associated website with practice multiple choice and review questions that were invaluable for preparing for my class tests.

CONS: cover a bit soft and easily damaged when carrying it with you and book is heavy
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Myers on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
A common problem with text books is how dry they can make the material seem, not so with this book!

It is filled with interesting case studies, helpful quotes, captivating illustrations and probing concept questions. The chapters are well outlined and have helpful review questions at the end of each section. The author slips in bits of dry humor, which keeps the reader engaged.

This text book is a keeper and won't be sold back at the end of the term.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Twiss on March 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Most of those required class textbooks are quite lame but this one does the job. My only complaint is that the chapters seem to go on forever. Also, you can see the guys biases easily too but overall, its an insightful textbook!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. King/R. on July 4, 2009
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I was thrilled to find the textbook at a very reasonable price. When it arrived I was only a little disappointed that it had quite a few pencil notes and markings through it that could not be erased. Still, the book was for the most part in very good shape and I felt I'd received a good deal. Maybe I should have also purchased "Buying Textbooks for Dummies" because it was the wrong one. It was the correct author, edition and year, but I did not realize that two of the exact same text was arranged in two completely different ways with Exploring Psychology in CHAPTERS, and one arranged in MODULES. Why even make TWO text books with a huge difference in the arrangement of sections, that have basically the exact same content? It was impossible to follow along with the instructor/class as we are directed to Modules of completely different numbering than my Chapters. I finally had to sit down with the instructor after the 3rd class and mark each Chapter section in my book with Module numbers from his book just to be able to work with it. Just a tip for anyone else who might be shopping for an item like this and not realize that this can happen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Student! on February 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great psych textbook! the author goes out of his way to use real-life examples, and get you interested in the subject. in the beginning of a chapter he uses great hooks to catch your attention, for example in the the chapter on personality, he hooks you in with a Lord of the Rings anecdote, and then goes on to describe how the hobbit character, Frodo Baggin's best friend, Sam Gamgee, is an example of personality, because Sam exhibits a set of traits and behavior that are consistent over time. Also there are lots of historical tidbits, comics, and pictures scattered around the main content, so when your having a hard time grasping some of the drier concepts, chances are there might be a Peanuts' comic strip, or historical example that will help you understand a conceptual framework . In some case s the author even uses examples from his family and homelife to explain concepts. This gives you the impression that your having a conversation with him. For example, when explaining some frameworks on memory, the author gives an tells of a time when his wife made several dozen cookies, they were gone in a day, then he asked them all to recall how many each they had eaten. This has to be one of the less dry textbooks I've read, and it gave me a great intro to psych. I'm really thankful to the author for this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A. Mason on December 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
We often wonder why a professor chooses a certain text out of so many available for the same course, when you get this book, when your professor chooses it for your course, you will see, this is an amazingly informative text and you will enjoy the information much the same as you would a preferred novel. This book will help you understand others as well as yourself, in a very short time, I am not saying you will be a professional immediately, but, you will understand more than you would have ever believed! I Love it, still reading it and do when the "need" seems to come up, it is a book you will want to keep!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. King on January 30, 2010
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I've never wanted to write a fan letter to the author of a text book...until now. Author David G. Myers understands how the human brain works and learns and puts it to great effect in this book. If most text books are dry, then this one is juicy. Of all the text books I've ever had, I've enjoyed this one the most. Here's what makes it great:

- Lots of relevant color pictures, comic strips, graphs, diagrams, and quotes in the margins make the book more like a (very large) magazine
- Vocabulary words appear in the margins for contextual reviews
- Inside cover shows time line of great people and events in psychology
- Sections have both conventional titles and goals for learning that set expectations
- Text is easy-to-read, often entertaining and summarizes many interesting facts and experimental findings
- Interspersed self tests throughout a chapter are like rest stops on a turnpike that help verify comprehension and retention
- Chapter end review, vocabulary lists, and self tests are great refreshers
- Glossary provides full vocabulary of terminology
- Indexes of subjects, names, and references make reviews easy

This book is a keeper. I'm not selling it back after my class ends. You'll have to buy your own copy. :)
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