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Psychology: Core Concepts (4th Edition) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205356607
ISBN-10: 0205356605
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From the Back Cover

The accomplished author team of Phillip Zimbardo (APA president 2001-2002), Ann Weber, and Bob Johnson combine once again to present psychology to readers in a meaningful, manageable format. Each chapter of this book focuses on the key questions and core concepts of psychology, supported by an extensive pedagogical structure. A wealth of instructive features, such as "Psychology in Your Life," "Using Psychology to Learn Psychology," and "Do it Yourself!" enhance reader learning and retention of key psychological concepts. Psychology, 4/e integrates a cross-cultural and multicultural perspective to make psychology meaningful for all readers. For anyone interested in introductory psychology or general psychology.

About the Author

Philip Zimbardo Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the "voice and face of contemporary American psychology" through his widely seen PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment, authoring the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, in its 18th Edition, and his popular trade books on Shyness in adults and in children; Shyness: What it is, what to do about it, and The Shy Child. Past president of the American Psychological Association, and the Western Psychological Association. Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now an Emeritus Professor), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He is currently on the faculty of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA. He has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, and service to the profession. Recently, he was awarded the Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. His more than 300 professional publications and 50 books convey his research interests in the domain of social psychology, with a broad spread of interests from shyness to time perspective, madness, cults, political psychology, torture, terrorism, and evil. Zimbardo has served also as the Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) representing 63 scientific, math and technical associations (with 1.5 million members), and now is Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation. He heads a philanthropic foundation in his name to promote student education in his ancestral Sicilian towns. Zimbardo adds further to his retirement list activities: serving as the new executive director of a Stanford center on terrorism -- the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT). He was an expert witness for one of the soldiers in the Abu Ghraib Prison abuses, and has studied the interrogation procedures used by the military in that and other prisons as well as by Greek and Brazilian police torturers. Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually 'give psychology away to the public', Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the U.S. Government's wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System. His new book has been a New York Times bestseller: THE LUCIFER EFFECT: UNDERSTANDING HOW GOOD PEOPLE TURN EVIL (Random House, 2007; see www.lucifereffect.org). Robert L. Johnson Robert Johnson, Ph.D., taught introductory psychology for 28 years at Umpqua Community College. He is especially interested in applying psychological principles to the teaching of psychology and in encouraging linkages between psychology and other disciplines. In keeping with those interests, Bob founded the Pacific Northwest Great Teachers Seminar, of which he was the director for 20 years. He was also one of the founders of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC), serving as its executive committee chair during 2004. That same year he also received the Two-Year College Teaching Award given by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Bob has long been active in APA, APS, the Western Psychological Association, and the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology. Aside from his contributions as coauthor of Psychology: Core Concepts, Bob is particularly proud of his articles in Teaching of Psychology. Recently he began a term as editor of The General Psychologist, the newsletter of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of APA). And, he is working on a book that brings to light what Shakespeare had to say about psychology. Bob and his wife live on the North Umpqua River in Southern Oregon, where they can go kayaking in their front yard or bicycling in the valleys of the Cascade Mountains. In his spare time he likes making pottery and Thai curries. Vivian McCann Vivian McCann, a senior faculty member in Psychology at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, teaches a wide variety of courses, including introductory psychology, human relations, intimate relationships, and social psychology. Born and raised in the California desert just 10 miles from the Mexican border, she learned early on the importance of understanding cultural backgrounds and values in effective communication and in teaching, which laid the foundation for her current interest in teaching and learning psychology from diverse cultural perspectives. She loves to travel and learn about people and cultures, and to nurture the same passions in her students: She has led groups of students on three trips abroad, and in her own travels has visited 20 countries so far. Vivian maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, and has developed and taught numerous workshops in that area. She currently serves on the APA's Committee for Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC), and is an active member of the Western Psychological Association and APS. She is also the author of Human Relations: The Art and Science of Building Effective Relationships. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 4 edition (June 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205356605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205356607
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,427,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was assigned this text for a college General Psychology course, and upon reading it cover to cover, I found that it was quiet interesting! The book uses simple terms so it is easy to understand what really matters, rather than trying to memorize countless definitions, and it has a story at the beginning of each chapter to help put each concept in perspective. In comparison to other dry, and complicated psychology books which I have had in the past, I highly suggest this book to anyone wishing, or forced to, study psychology.
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This book saved me 150 dollars by buying it used and one edition back that the school was requesting the 7th edition. I went to the library to compare the two and they were nearly identical, except for two diagrams and the pages in the 6th edition were one number behind the current. All the information was still accurate and was perfect for studying and note taking. If you are not picky about having the current edition and your professor does not demand that it be current, then by all means by this book and any others used in good condition and one edition back and you will save yourself hundreds. Take it from me, once you learn this you will be in a better position to buy other things that are needed for college. Overall this book is perfect if you want to save money and still get the same education from it.
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I used this book for a introductory course in college, and this book was used often.

- I like how brief and concise it was. I wasn't bogged down or overwhelmed much.

- Some chapters are actually interesting to read. I sometimes jumped ahead to see what interesting topics lay ahead. Needless to say, I found myself reading about fascinating new technologies and findings.

- Great experience overall. There's a lot of fun parts that makes me feel like a kid again, even though the textbook was used in college.

Highly recommended for intro psychology for middle, high school, and college.
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I purchased the book new from Amazon so that I would have the MyPsychLab access code that is supposed to come with all new books. Since I did not receive it, I am missing a lot of material in my class. The publisher answered my email that the book needs to be purchased from them or a university in order to receive the code, but others in my class bought new volumes from the university and did not receive it either. Amazon has not answered my email to see what can be done to get the code.
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I find it interesting, and entertaining to read! Because this is an introductory book and has to include a lot of the basic key information about Psychology, it's pretty concise and not much depth. But I absolutely love reading it.
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if you have an interest in psychology, this is a great book to start with. And these guys are the perfect ones to buy from. they send your stuff fast without using the expedited charges. I definitely recommend them as someone to buy from.
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