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Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behavior 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0073532127
ISBN-10: 0073532126
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Ronald E. Smith, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology Training at the University of Washington, where he also has served as Area Head of the Social Psychology and Personality area. He received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his PhD from Southern Illinois University, where he had dual specializations in clinical and physiological psychology. His major research interests are in anxiety, stress and coping, and in performance enhancement research and intervention. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute for his contributions to the field of mental health. He has published more than 160 scientific articles and book chapters in his areas of interest and has authored or co-authored 23 books on introductory psychology, human performance enhancement, and personality, including Introduction to Personality: Toward an Integration, with Walter Mischel and Yuichi Shoda (Wiley, 2004). An award-winning teacher, he has more than 15 years of experience in teaching the introductory psychology course.

Michael W. Passer, Ph.D., coordinates the introductory psychology program at the University of Washington, which enrolls about 2,500 students per year, and also is the faculty coordinator of training for new teaching assistants (TAs). He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and his PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialization in social psychology. Dr. Passer has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 1977. A former Danforth Foundation Fellow and University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award finalist, Dr. Passer has had a career-long love of teaching. Each academic year he teaches introductory psychology twice and a required pre-major course in research methods. Dr. Passer developed and teaches a graduate course on the Teaching of Psychology, which prepares students for careers in the college classroom, and also has taught courses in social psychology and attribution theory. He has published more than 20 scientific articles and chapters, primarily in the areas of attribution, stress, and anxiety, and has taught the introductory psychology course for 20 years.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 673 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5 edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073532126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073532127
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth J. Kohutek VINE VOICE on September 25, 2011
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This text provides an excellent introduction to the field of psychology. The chapters are well written with sections which make the topic applicable to current situations. One section, "Myth or Reality", is especially useful in that it addresses some of the common beliefs which are assumed to be accurate. Other aspects of the text which are beneficial include the Chapter Outline at the beginning, Chapter Summary, as well as a list of key terms and concepts. The glossary at the back of the text is excellent.

Finally, the publishers offer a number of on-line opportunities for both the student and instructor, including additional study guides & practice tests for students. For the instructor there are three test banks, an instructor's manual as well as a Powerpoint presentation.
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This book was pretty beat up on the outside cover. There was a LOT of highlighting and underlining. Overall, I think they did a good job of advertising the quality of product you were getting. I am not disappointed.
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The Psych class our son takes in University is uses edition 4. He asked me to get edition 5 and he is very happy with it and says the extra content is great and helps him in class. So recommend to others.
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would recommend this book to anyone who wants to help any problems you may have with how your teenager thinks.
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The authors of the textbook repeatedly emphasize their focus on the scientific method, noting that scientists must remain open-minded to alternative theories when forming hypotheses and conducting research. This open-mindedness is clearly not evident in their treatment of animal welfare.

Rather than present an evenhanded and fair portrayal of animal testing in psychology, they introduce one-sided statistics created by the very groups that rely on animal testing. They cite a study on attitudes toward animal testing among psychologists and college psychology majors, as if popular opinion is the best source of ethical principles. They also disparage the American Anti-Vivesection Society by pulling a quote out of context, as if to illustrate how foolish animal welfare advocates must be.

While thoroughly addressing the supposed benefits of animal research, they neglect to explore the drawbacks (for instance, the fact that research done on rats and even primates does not always apply to humans). I found this lack of parity disappointing, especially when readers are being asked to think critically about the issues presented.

Lastly, the authors make a statement that is quite frankly nonsense: "What is most encouraging is that the welfare of animals in research is receiving the careful attention it deserves." This laughable given the mountain of evidence to the contrary. Animals used for scientific research are subject to brutal and inhumane conditions. Just consider the new underground animal testing facility proposed at the University of Washington, at which both the authors teach.

Throughout, the authors feign objectivity by speaking in the third person ("Proponents point to," "Proponents also note"), without owning up to their personal preferences.

I found the approach of these authors unprofessional and narrow-minded.
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By Nataly on October 24, 2014
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It's a good book, and way worth the student funds.
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Everyone knows that text books for college are a pain in the rear to buy. The bookstore is always crowded and overpriced. This book was exactly what I needed and it was in excellent condition. It arrived 2 days earlier than expected which gave me time to look through it and help me with some early assignments. I was ahead in my class work while other students were still waiting on their books from the campus bookstore. I just can't get over the price. The price for this lightly used hard cover was less than a used paper back in the store! Highly recommended seller.
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By Aimee on October 22, 2014
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Fast Delivery, good quality!
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