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Introduction to Psychology

Version 3.1
By Charles Stangor

Key Features

  • Includes Information about COVID-19
  • Core themes of action and empiricism hold students’ attention and provide a strong basis for the science of psychology.
  • Rich learning structure:
    • Chapter Openers to Stimulate Student Interest. Each chapter showcases an interesting real-world example of people who are dealing with psychological questions and who use psychology to help them answer those questions.
    • Learning Objectives. Each main chapter section lays out the learning objectives for that section.
    • “Psychology in Everyday Life.” Each chapter contains one or two features designed to link the psychological principles to real-world applications in business, environment, health, law, education, and other relevant domains.
    • “Research Focus” Features Reinforce the Importance of Empiricism. Each chapter presents two close-ups on research, including a summary of the hypotheses, methods, results, and interpretations. This feature emphasizes findings are not always predictable ahead of time to help students understand how research really works.
    • Quiz Questions. A set of quiz questions is found at the end of every main chapter section. Students can use these to test their learning. Frequent testing is a key to student success and these quizzes help meet that objective.
    • Marginal Glossary of Key Terms. Placing the key terms in the margins allows students to easily review them by skimming through the text.
    • Key Takeaways. Students can review the highlights of the chapters.
    • Exercises and Critical Thinking Activities. Thought questions that can be used to stimulate discussion and help students form opinions about the chapter section content.


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Introduction to Psychology is suitable for courses called Introduction to Psychology, Principles of Psychology, Survey of Psychology, or for any basic psychology course that provides an overview of the discipline. The course is generally taught at the undergraduate level at most two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Introduction to Psychology is a concise and conceptual introduction to the fascinating subject of psychology. Featuring a central theme of action—predicting our own actions and those around us—this book grabs students’ attention and does not let go. A strong underlying secondary theme of empiricism unifies the narrative under the umbrella of psychology as a science. Its standard, fourteen-chapter organization (and a final chapter with answers to quiz questions) makes this textbook an ideal choice for a typical semester- or quarter-long course.

New in This Version

Version 3.1 includes information about COVID-19 

How does the coronavirus affect the body outside of its effects on the respiratory system? (Chapter 3: Brains, Bodies, and Behavior)
How do people accurately or inaccurately perceive the risks of potentially dangerous social engagement during the pandemic? (Chapter 4: Sensing and Perceiving)
How are family relationships strained as a result of stay-at-home quarantines? (Chapter 6: Growing and Developing Across the Lifespan)
COVID-19 is more deadly for the elderly than for younger people, although young people can become severely ill. How do these differences influence and mental health of people at different ages? (Chapter 6: Growing and Developing Across the Lifespan)
How do people deal with the grief that comes with the losses of loved ones to COVID-19? (Chapter 10: Emotions and Motivation: Happiness, Stress, Health, Eating, and Sex)
How is the pandemic contributing to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination? (Chapter 11:  Psychology in Our Social Lives)
Will the pandemic lead to a breakdown of social norms or will it merely change social norms? (Chapter 11: Psychology in Our Social Lives)
Will the pandemic create closer ties to neighbors and family as we work together to protect and care for each other? (Chapter 11:  Psychology in Our Social Lives)
How are people using religion and support groups to help them cope with the pandemic? (Chapter 11: Psychology in Our Social Lives)
How does the lack of direct social contact affect our relationships with others and can online relationships through social media and Zoom meetings replace that contact? (Chapter 11: Psychology in Our Social Lives)
What mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD does the COVID-19 health crisis create and how can people effectively cope with them? (Chapter 13: Defining Psychological Disorders)
How can psychologists best treat psychological disorders caused by the pandemic to prevent suicide and other negative behaviors? (Chapter 13: Defining Psychological Disorders)
Are online psychotherapy programs as effective as in-person treatments? (Chapter 14: Treating Psychological Disorders]


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Charles Stangor University of Maryland, College Park

Charles Stangor is former Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland. He has also taught at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He received his B.A. from Beloit College and his Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Stangor is the recipient of research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the National Science Foundation. He has published seven books and over fifty research articles and book chapters, and has served as an associate editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. Dr. Stangor's research interests concern the development of stereotypes and prejudice, and their influences on individuals who are potential victims of discrimination. He is a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society and currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Dr. Stangor regularly teaches Social Psychology (Psyc 221), Research Methods (Psyc 420) and, at the graduate level, Group Processes (Psyc 742). Dr. Stangor has also won a distinguished teaching award from the University of Maryland.

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