What is Psychology?,
4th Edition

Ellen E. Pastorino, Susann M Doyle-Portillo

ISBN-13: 9781337564083
Copyright 2019 | Published
784 pages | List Price: USD $212.95

Learning psychology can be the high point of your semester, and the evidence is in WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? FOUNDATIONS, APPLICATIONS, AND INTEGRATION, which will capture and hold your attention from the first page to the last. Ellen Pastorino and Susann Doyle-Portillo, award-winning professors with an infectious enthusiasm for teaching, have found that students who are curious are not only motivated to explore, but also better able to learn how psychological concepts are connected. This text applies the authors' successful teaching approach, unlocking your curiosity with compelling, part-opening stories of real people that are then threaded throughout the chapters. You'll continue to be guided in making connections between personal stories, applications to your own lives, and psychological concepts that you will use outside of the classroom.


1. The Science of Psychology.
2. Neuroscience.
3. Sensation and Perception.
4. Consciousness.
5. Motivation and Emotion.
6. Learning.
7. Memory.
8. Cognition, Language, and Intelligence.
9. Human Development.
10. Social Psychology.
11. Personality.
12. Health, Stress, and Coping.
13. Mental Health Disorders.
14. Mental Health Therapies.
Appendix A. Statistics in Psychology.
Appendix B. Applying Psychology in the Workplace.

  • Ellen E. Pastorino

    Ellen E. Pastorino (Ph.D., School Psychology, Florida State University) is a developmental psychologist who teaches psychology classes at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Pastorino has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Georgia's Board of Regents Distinguished Professor, the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award and Valencia's Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. In addition to this popular text, Dr. Pastorino has authored test banks, instructor manuals and student study guides. She has also has published her research in the Journal of Adolescent Research and Adolescence. While working as a consultant for IBM Corporation, Dr. Pastorino developed extensive educational materials for teachers and students. However, her main passion has always been to get students excited about the field of psychology.

  • Susann M Doyle-Portillo

    Susann M. Doyle-Portillo (Ph.D., Social Cognition, University of Oklahoma) is department head and professor of psychological science at the University of North Georgia. Dr. Doyle-Portillo also holds bachelor's degrees in engineering and psychology. She has published articles in journals such as Social Cognition, Contemporary Social Psychology, the American Journal of Health Education and Personality & Individual Differences. However, the primary focus of her career remains in teaching. During her tenure at University of North Georgia, Dr. Doyle-Portillo has twice been listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she has mentored many undergraduate researchers. In addition to co-authoring this text, she has authored several test banks, instructor manuals and student study guides.

  • Foundation Questions: A new type of multiple-choice question reinforces students' understanding of the research methods that form the foundation of all of psychology. Sprinkled throughout the Quiz Yourself and end-of-chapter quizzes, these questions ask students to identify independent and dependent variables, types of research designs being used, types of hypotheses being tested, and the like. They're designed to ensure that students never lose sight of the importance of research methodology, and solve the problem of having to re-teach basic research issues in subsequent courses.

  • Current Research: Updates throughout the book, including more than 500 new references, reflect recent research findings.

  • New Content: This edition covers hundreds of interesting new topics, including the controversy over whether MDMA can be used to treat depression and other mental health issues, the #TheDress viral phenomenon as an example of color constancy processes, stress during development and optimal stress levels in adulthood, online fat-shaming, effects of concussions on the brain, criticisms of the Stanford Prison Experiment, Type D personality and health, and many others.

  • Learning Objectives: Each chapter opens with a list of learning objectives tied to the latest APA guidelines.

  • Foundations Approach: Content is arranged in thematic parts reflecting the foundational areas of psychological research. The text opens with the scientific research methods that inform all study of mental processes and behavior. Remaining chapters are organized around four foundational areas: the biological, cognitive, developmental and social, and physical and mental health areas of psychology.

  • Applications: One of the best ways to motivate students to read is to capture their curiosity from the very beginning. Each of the four foundational sections of the text opens with a compelling case study that is threaded through the chapters of that section to help students understand the behavior and mental processes of a real-life person. Similar case studies in the authors' previous texts drew rave reviews from students.

  • Integration: Each chapter closes with a section called Integrating Psychology: The Big Picture. This feature revisits the section case study, enabling students to begin to see that all of the material fits together -- and that what has been learned informs what is yet to be learned.

  • Indexing: Numeric indexing throughout the text helps students quickly locate relevant information. This coding scheme allows students to quickly relate objectives and content to the relevant section of the text.

  • Strong Diversity Coverage: The authors cite and highlight research that reflects many aspects of diversity, including gender, racial diversity, sexual orientation, cultural diversity, age differences, socioeconomic levels, and physical and/or mental health challenges. In all, they reference people from over 120 countries and/or cultural groups.

  • Features That Showcase Psychology's Relevance: Psychology Applies to Your World helps students see how psychology relates to their personal lives. Engage Yourself! active learning features ask students to do hands-on activities to illustrate important chapter concepts.

  • Effective Pedagogy: Chapter outlines and learning objectives, a pronunciation guide in the running glossary, and multiple-choice Quiz Yourself questions after each section (with answers) guide study and review.

  • Help for Visual Learners: A You Review summary table after each major section brings together major concepts and theories in an appealing, graphical format. The end-of-chapter Are You Getting the Big Picture? visual summaries provide a similar visual synopsis for the entire chapter.

  • Online Teaching and Learning Support: MindTap® is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. The What Is Psychology? MindTap® learning path accelerates learning with resources that move students through Bloom's taxonomy utilizing adaptive quizzing, scenario-based experiences, and auto-scored writing assignments.

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