Psychology Australian and New Zealand Edition,
4th Edition

Douglas Bernstein, Julie Ann Pooley, Lynne Cohen, Stephen Provost, Jacquelyn Cranney, Neil Drew

ISBN-13: 9780170471930
Copyright 2024 | Published
1008 pages | List Price: USD $115.50

Bernstein’s Psychology takes a balanced approach to the discipline of psychology. The content of the text ranges across the history of psychological theories that aim to understand human behaviour “from cell to society”, and includes multidisciplinary approaches. All content and assessment material is carefully constructed to develop the skills you will require to evaluate human behaviour with a scientific attitude. Linkages across the text help you to see a holistic picture and interrelated fields of psychology. Graduate competencies and psychological literacy ensure that you master the knowledge, skills and professional attributes required to practise psychology competently and safely. Indigenous and cross-cultural psychology content is covered in two chapters as well as being integrated throughout the text, with a key focus on local research and examples. The text includes a focus on the development of Indigenous psychology and the growing number of Indigenous psychologists currently practising in Australia, via snapshots, linkages, statistics, and examples. Student resources include graduate competencies, career guide and quick research tips. MindTap resources for students include knowledge checks, Mastery Training, APLIA quizzes, video quizzes, virtual labs and active learning activities.


1 Introducing psychology
2 Research in psychology
3 Biological aspects of psychology
4 Sensation and perception
5 Consciousness
6 Learning
7 Memory
8 Thought language and intelligence
9 Motivation and emotion
10 Human development
11 Health, stress and coping
12 Personality
13 Psychological disorders and treatment
14 Social psychology
15 Culture and psychology
16 Indigenous psychology
17 Neuropsychology (Online only)
18 Behavioural genetics (Online only)
19 Statistics in psychological research (Online only)
Appendix A Careers for psychology (Online only)
Appendix B Search psychological databases (Online only)

  • Douglas Bernstein

    Doug is a very motivated author. He chairs the Program Committee of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), and is the Founder of the Association for Psychological Science's Preconference Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. In 2002 he received the American Psychological Foundation's award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology.

  • Julie Ann Pooley

    Professor Julie Ann Pooley is currently Associate Dean of Psychology and Criminology in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University. She has taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate psychology program levels in Australia and internationally. Her teaching areas include Introductory Psychology, Research Methods and Community Psychology. She is a passionate educator that strives for excellence in her role and holds a National Teaching Award from the Australian University Teaching Committee, and a National Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Contributions to Student Learning. Julie Ann’s primary research interest is about understanding resilience in real world contexts.

  • Lynne Cohen

    Professor Lynne Cohen is a community psychologist, applied social psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She was the Executive Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Psychology at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Lynne was awarded the Order of Australia in 2016 for her services to Higher Education. She has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and brings many years of experience in resiliency research with children and university students. She has led a number of interdisciplinary research teams, and is committed to a collaborative model involving community organisations. She also has extensive experience in working with children with learning difficulties, developing and implementing a literacy program and training a team of teachers to provide a service for students with learning difficulties. Lynne has received numerous Awards for Learning and Teaching within tertiary education which include a National Teaching Award from the Australian University Teaching Committee, and a National Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation for Contributions to Student Learning. She is also an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellow.

  • Stephen Provost

    Dr Steve Provost has been a psychology educator in a variety of institutions for more than 30 years. He has taught learning, memory, perception, psychopharmacology, statistics and a variety of topics in experimental psychology. He has a strong interest in appropriate use of technology in teaching. He held grants from the Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching in 1993 and 1995, one relating to the development of courseware/simulation software, and the second relating to the use of hypertext in teaching. He has been involved in a number of projects funded by the Australian Universities Teaching Committee and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, including acting as the Project Officer for the Disciplinary Review of Psychology (Lipp et al, 2007). He received the Australian Psychological Society Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education in 2010.

  • Jacquelyn Cranney

    Associate Professor Jacquelyn Cranney is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) National Teaching Fellow who has a special interest in undergraduate psychology education. She has served on a number of national committees concerned with the quality of education and training, and has contributed to reviews on the aims of undergraduate psychology education in the U.S. and Britain. Jacquelyn is a well-recognised educator in Psychology. She has been instrumental in the development of the Graduate attributes for the 4-year Australian undergraduate psychology program.

  • Neil Drew

    Professor Neil Drew is Director of the Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet ( at Edith Cowan University. Neil has a background in social and community psychology with over 30 years of experience working with a diverse range of communities and groups.  He has received Vice Chancellor’s awards for excellence individually and as a team member at two universities and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. In 2014 he received an Edith Cowan University Certificate of Excellence for achieving the highest Faculty research income. Neil is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. In his current role he has a strong interest in knowledge exchange in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

  • NEW Additional content: brain imaging techniques (Ch 3), sensation and perception (Ch 4), behaviour analysis, relevant to disabilities and the services required to support these (Ch 6)

  • New and updated 'Spotlight' boxes in all chapters

  • New content on applying psychology and new linkages made throughout the text

  • Inclusion of the APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative (IPI), which outlines seven key integrative themes to demonstrate to beginner students how psychology includes principles that can change lives, organisations and communities in positive and ethical ways

  • Extensive focus on Indigenous and Cultural Psychology, showcasing achievements made by Indigenous psychologists and researchers

  • 'Snapshot' boxes give students interesting visual glimpses into real-life psychology, and 'Applying psychology' questions at the beginning of each chapter and 'Applying psychology' icons throughout the text show how theoretical concepts are used in practice

  • 'Linkages' sections and icons throughout the text highlight the network of relationships among psychology's subfields, helping students see the 'big picture' of psychology as an interrelated discipline

  • 'Thinking critically' sections in each chapter make psychological processes more explicit and accessible by providing a five-question framework for analysing evidence before drawing conclusions. Throughout the text, psychological phenomena are described in a way that first reveals the logic of the scientific enterprise, then identifies possible flaws in design or implementation, and finally leaves room for more questions and further research

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