Introduction to Psychology,
12th Edition

James W. Kalat

ISBN-13: 9780357372722 | ISBN-10: 0357372727

Copyright 2022

| Published 2021

| 624 pages

List Price USD $278.95


Drawing from the latest research and literature, Kalat's bestselling INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY teaches you how to evaluate the evidence to separate the plausible from the scientifically demonstrable -- helping you become a savvier consumer of information. Thoroughly updated, it includes expanded coverage of replicability and research misconduct, and revisits several classic topics in the light of new scholarly insight. "What's the Evidence" coverage reviews important studies, encouraging you to question the strengths and limitations of the evidence. Hands-on "Try It Yourself" activities allow you to personally experience numerous phenomena to help you remember them better. With his friendly writing style and many learning tools, Kalat puts you at ease and enables you to actively participate in what you are studying.

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Meet the Authors

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James W. Kalat is professor emeritus of psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught introduction to psychology and biological psychology courses from 1977 through 2012. In addition to this book, Dr. Kalat has authored INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY and has co-authored EMOTION. Dr. Kalat has also written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology and other topics. He has served twice as program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Kalat received an A.B. degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. A remarried widower, he and his wife together have five children and five grandchildren.

  • In accordance with the emphasis on replicability, the new edition has deleted references to studies that have been difficult to replicate or points out that a study is replicable only under certain conditions.
  • Most of the end-of-module review questions and many of the concept checks have been rewritten or replaced to help students focus on key concepts and maximize their study time.
  • Discussions of several classic topics have been revised to reflect the latest scholarship, including Maslow's hierarchy of needs, the Kitty Genovese murder, Sherif’s Robbers Cave study and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Expansive new coverage includes topics such as conspiracy thinking (Chapter 8: Cognition and Language), nudges to persuade and influence (Chapter 13: Social Behavior) and the relationship between intelligence and brain size (Chapter 9: Intelligence). In addition, a revised discussion of the history of psychology explains why early psychologists were so eager to establish general laws and imitate the better established sciences.
  • Reflecting the latest research developments, the 12th Edition includes hundreds of new references from 2016 or later, and almost every topic has at least minor updates. While the printed text emphasizes theories and research that have stood the test of time, the electronic text will continue to be updated with new research -- making the 12th Edition up-to-date, timely and relevant for years to come.
  • An increased emphasis on replicability and research misconduct introduces and explains the concepts of HARKing and p-hacking.
  • The test bank is written by the author himself -- ensuring the highest quality, accuracy and text relevance.
  • Chapter material is arranged in a modular format so that students can master one section at a time, building confidence as they go. This flexible format enables you to easily assign sections in an order to match how you teach the course. Each module starts with a list of learning objectives and closes with a summary, a list of key terms and several multiple-choice review questions -- making it self-contained as an assignment.
  • "Try It Yourself" exercises found throughout the text encourage active learning. Students personally experience binocular rivalry, false memory, encoding specificity, motion blindness and other phenomena -- assuring that they will remember these phenomena better than if they had just read about them.
  • Dr. Kalat's renowned critical thinking approach encourages students to ask, "What was the evidence for this conclusion?" and "How well does the evidence really support it?" Every chapter (except Chapter 1) has one or two sections that examine a research study in detail, from hypothesis to method to results and discussion. In some cases, the discussion highlights the limitations of the study.

Table of Contents

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1. What Is Psychology?
2. Scientific Methods in Psychology.
3. Biological Psychology.
4. Sensation and Perception.
5. Development.
6. Learning.
7. Memory.
8. Cognition and Language.
9. Intelligence.
10. Consciousness.
11. Motivated Behaviors.
12. Emotions, Stress, and Health.
13. Social Behavior.
14. Personalities.
15. Abnormal Psychology: Disorders and Treatment.

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