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Introducing Psychology: Brain, Person, Group

Version 5.1
By Stephen M. Kosslyn and Robin S. Rosenberg

Key Features

  • Includes Information about COVID-19.
  • Mainstream perspective built around three levels of analysis (brain, person, group) that aligns with the popular integrated approach to psychology.
  • Unique partnership of respected scholar and clinical psychologist provides balance of theory and practice.
  • Includes standard learning aids, such as section-opening learning objectives, key takeaways, and summaries.
  • Special high-interest features throughout like chapter-opening stories to provide thematic structure and real-life applications to engage students; “Think Like a Psychologist” to highlight critical thinking through questions and activities; “Looking at Levels” picks up on the book’s theme and focuses once per chapter on a key theory or psychological phenomenon to apply the three levels of analysis (brain, person, group).
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Introducing Psychology: Brain, Person, Group 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.

Introducing Psychology: Brain, Person, Group presents psychology using levels of the brain, person, and social world to help students actively apply psychology to their lives. Examining psychological concepts from the levels of the brain (biological factors), the person (beliefs, desires, and feelings), and the world (social, cultural, and environmental factors) helps students organize and integrate topics within and across chapters—and readily see the relevance of psychology to their own lives. This comprehensive introduction to psychology both engages students and provides them with an integrated introduction to the field.

New in This Version

  • Version 5.1 includes information about COVID-19 and the pandemic’s early impact upon many facets of human psychology such as memory, personality, stress and health, social cognition, and social behavior. This version also features updates to Chapter 13’s chapter story on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
  • Reflects the recent updates to Version 5.0
    • Includes machine-readable alt-text captions and captioned video links to support ready access by differently abled learners.
    • Updated and rewritten to help students better understand key psychological terms, findings, theories, and concepts and their implications.
    • Introduces new research, refreshes previous editions’ discussions, and provides more polished descriptions of key psychological principles in every chapter.
    • Among the many new or expanded topics are: using psychology to encourage healthier behaviors; ethics coverage relating to torture and to neuroethics; impacts of head trauma; new research on the hippocampus; intellectual disabilities; lie detection and brain activity; genetic contributions to personality; adolescents and social media; microaggressions; impacts of social media posting activity; substance abuse; psychological disorders; PTSD treatments; evolving diagnosis criteria and DSM-5.
    • Chapter 13: “Social Psychology: Meeting of the Minds” features a reconceived discussion of prejudice and stereotyping, a new chapter story on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle integrated throughout, and new material on current topics such as on online dating sites and snap judgments.
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Stephen M. Kosslyn Foundry College

Stephen M. Kosslyn is President of Foundry College, a new kind of 2-year college that is designed to integrate practical training into a broad education. He previously was Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Minerva, and before that was Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Prior to Stanford, Stephen served as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Dean of Social Science, and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James at Harvard University; he also was Associate Psychologist in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Co-Director of Mind of the Market Lab at Harvard Business School. Stephen received his BA from UCLA and his PhD from Stanford University, both in psychology. His research has focused primarily on the nature of visual mental imagery, visual communication, and the science of learning; he has published 13 books and over 300 papers on these topics. For 10 years he was “Head Tutor” at Harvard, supervising graduate students who were teaching year-long introductory psychology courses using the levels-of-analysis approach. In his spare time, Stephen takes French lessons and plays bass guitar.

Robin S. Rosenberg University of California, San Francisco

Robin S. Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has taught psychology courses at Lesley University and Harvard University. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been certified in hypnosis. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her BA in psychology from New York University and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Robin specializes in treating people with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. In addition to writing textbooks, she writes about psychology for a general audience, typically using fictional characters to illustrate psychological concepts and phenomena. When the opportunity arises, she also sings and plays guitar.

Additions & Errata

  • Changed "For example, one study examined women who were about to have a sex-change operation to obtain the sexual characteristics of men. As part of the procedure, the women received massive doses of male hormones, specifically testosterone." to "For example, one study examined transgender men seeking gender affirming procedures. As part of the procedure, the transgender men received massive doses of male hormones, specifically testosterone." in Chapter 6, Section 4 (5/5/21)
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