Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind,
4th Edition

John T. Cacioppo, Laura A. Freberg, Stephanie Cacioppo

ISBN-13: 9780357363232 | ISBN-10: 035736323x

Copyright 2022

| Published 2021

| 816 pages

List Price USD $219.95


Psychology has insights relevant to all majors, all people. As a hub science, it also provides foundational material for many other scientific disciplines. Cacioppo/Freberg/Cacioppo's DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF MIND, 4th edition, presents a cohesive understanding of the field, highlighting connections within psychology as well as between psychology and other disciplines. The fourth edition includes a new emphasis on social connectivity and loneliness, interpersonal relationships and myth busting, while author Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo brings additional insight as a licensed clinician. Smart and engaging writing, illuminating visuals and sound science illustrate the depth, breadth and diversity of this exciting field. Up-to-date coverage offers insight into the latest research, while hands-on activities help you sharpen your critical thinking skills. Also available: MindTap.

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Meet the Authors

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John T. Cacioppo was the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. A former chair of the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he also was a past president of several scientific societies, including the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Social Neuroscience, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Psychophysiological Research. His numerous awards include the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, the Scientific Impact Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Campbell Award and the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Dr. Cacioppo was a member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science; chair of the Board of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council and a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate; and a former member of both the Council for the NIH Center for Scientific Review and the Council for the National Institute on Aging.

Laura A. Freberg is a professor of psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches introductory psychology and biological psychology courses, both online and face-to-face. She also enjoys experimenting with technology and social media in the classroom. Dr. Freberg's teaching career began when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. She has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center three times (1991, 1994 and 2009) for her work with students with disabilities. A past president of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), Dr. Freberg is the current psychology consultant for The New York Times In Education program. In addition to this text, she has co-authored four editions of DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF MIND (Cengage). She has also has authored AN INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE for Taylor & Francis and has co-authored RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE (TopHat Monocle). Dr. Freberg received her Ph.D. from UCLA.

Stephanie Cacioppo is director of the Brain Dynamics Laboratory and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science for her "outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching and/or application", she has won several prizes and awards for her research in clinical neuropsychology as well as affective and social neuroscience. In addition, she is the first female president of the Society for Social Neuroscience (a nonprofit international scientific society dedicated to understanding how biological systems implement social behaviors in modern society). She has authored more than 120 scientific publications, and her work has been featured in several outlets, including the Scientific American, Washington Post, Discover Magazine, The Guardian, National Geographic and The New York Times. She receive her Ph.D. in Switzerland.

  • Reflecting the latest developments from the field, the science is updated in each chapter, providing the most current possible approach to the subject matter.
  • Instead of shying away from the "replication crisis" issue in psychology, the text emphasizes the evolving, fluid nature of good science.
  • The emphasis on "myth busting" is consistent with the APA's most recent recommendations for introductory psychology. As with the replication crisis, the authors present issues in a way that supports rather than undermines student trust in the scientific method.
  • Building on the foundation of the first three editions, Stephanie Cacioppo joins the author team, bringing the additional insight of a licensed clinician. Dr. Cacioppo's research into such high-interest student topics as sexuality and love provides further engagement.
  • The “Big Problems” feature now focuses on social connectivity and loneliness -- a highly relevant topic for the college student experience and beyond. Students are walked through this problem from the perspective of each chapter with the goal of producing advocacy policy to address this issue. This feature provides frequent opportunities for students to apply what they're learning to real-life issues while forming connections across the 16 chapters.
  • "Connecting to Research" features highlight classic and contemporary studies relevant to chapter material.
  • Encouraging readers to put what they learn into action, "Thinking Scientifically" features help students sharpen critical-thinking skills by giving them an opportunity to critique a piece of research.
  • "Experiencing Psychology" provides hands-on, experiential activities for students, enabling them to more deeply engage with chapter concepts.
  • Chapter prologues spotlight both big picture and micro views of the chapter topic, providing a window into how the integration of psychology as a science provides a larger perspective for the psychology student.
  • Both comprehensive and thorough, the book explores five integrative perspectives within psychology: social and personality, cognition, biology/evolution, development and clinical psychology.
  • "Psychology Takes on Real World Problems" meets the recommendations of the APA's 2014 "Strengthening the Common Core of the Introductory Psychology Course" report. To implement the report's suggested Big Problems approach, each feature shows how the chapter material relates to a familiar, relevant topic -- social connectivity and loneliness. By reading all 16 sections, students see how the many facets of psychology -- gene-environment interaction, motivation, self-regulation -- contribute to understanding the causes of and solutions to an important issue.
  • "Interpersonal Relationships" features show how various psychological perspectives -- such as methodological and social psychological -- can be applied to increase understanding of a single topic. The authors explore a topic students from all walks of life will find interesting and relevant: how to build and maintain significant social relationships.
  • "Visual Summary Tables" present key chapter concepts at the end of every major section, with visual cues to help students remember and learn -- maximizing their study time.
  • "Diverse Voices in Psychology" features in every chapter augment diversity content integrated throughout the textbook -- reinforcing psychology's relevance to the understanding of diversity. Topics include ethics associated with genetic research using vulnerable participants (Ch. 3), "shooter bias" (Ch. 13) and culturally competent counseling and psychotherapy (Ch. 15).
  • Integrated into the chapter narrative and identified by an icon, "Psychology as a Hub Science" features broaden the discussion by showing how psychology is engaged in cooperative science with other disciplines, helping undergraduates see how what they are learning in their introductory psychology course will help them no matter what they major in.

Table of Contents

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1. The Science of Mind (The Discipline of Psychology).
2. The Measure of Mind (The Scientific Methods of Psychology).
3. The Evolving Mind (Nature and Nurture Intertwined).
4. The Biological Mind (The Physical Basis of Behavior).
5. The Perceiving Mind (Sensation and Perception).
6. The Aware Mind (Elements of Consciousness).
7. The Feeling Mind (Emotion and Motivation).
8. The Adaptive Mind (Learning).
9. The Knowing Mind (Memory).
10. The Thinking Mind (Thinking, Language, and Intelligence).
11. The Developing Mind (Life Span Development).
12. The Individual Mind (Personality and The Self).
13. The Connected Mind (Social Psychology).
14. The Troubled Mind (Psychological Disorders).
15. Healing the Troubled Mind (Therapy).
16. The Healthy Mind (Stress and Coping, Health Psychology, and Positive Psychology).

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