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  • Hardcover: 721 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Pub; 9 edition (Dec 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429215976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429215978
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 3.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

DAVID G. MYERS is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College, Michigan, USA, where he teaches Introductory Psychology. He has written scientific articles for scientific periodicals, including Science, American Scientist, Psychological Science and the American Psychologist, as well as digests of psychological science in magazines for the general public. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Night on Oct. 8 2013
Format: Hardcover
the book is ok but it was wet before (i guess)and a few pages sticking together, had to separated. also a little bit wrinkles noted.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great read... at times July 13 2009
By tk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for an online AP Psychology course. I have had a great interest in psychology for a long time, and this was perhaps what caused me to enjoy the book so much. I found that I have really enjoyed reading this book overall. Because it was for an online class, this book was the most important, if not the only important resource in the class. It did a brilliant job of teaching psychology without a teacher's support and guidance. It kept me quite inspired and interested. Now I'm going to stop beating around the bush and tell you what I found in this book directly.

The writing style is definitely far more wordy than most science books. This could be both helpful and annoying at times. The style ensured that once I done with a section, the writer had said the same thing in so many ways with so much evidence intertwined, as it ought to be, that I had no doubts at the end, and I didn't feel the missing spot of a teacher. So whether you have a good teacher or not, I promise that this book will get you through the course. But, as I said, sometimes it can be annoying. Myers uses tons of analogies and examples that sometimes make me think, "Where is this guy going? Can't he just state it plainly?" Overall though, it's good.

The structure of the book is amazing, and amazing might be an understatement. It is very well organized. If you buy the module edition, it is even better. Everything is broken up into subsections, and when you're reviewing, the small sections are extremely useful. Myers lists out evidence, and includes many helpful diagrams and charts. Biological processes that are often difficult to understand are simple with his diagrams. At the end of the module there is a small "objectives" summary. There are questions, comics, quotes, and small comments that make the read enjoyable and fascinating.

The book is massive, as any textbook is, but I have found the read quite easy. Because I'm doing an online course, I couldn't afford to skip pages or chapters. That means I read every word in this book. Well almost. I've been working at it for about a month, and I'm currently on page 626. After going through all this though, I'm finding it difficult to complete the book. That might be my fault. I really don't know.

My only issue with it is that its hard to finish big chunks in one sitting. While I might finish 40 pages in one day. I have to concentrate really hard for the whole day, splitting the reading into chunks of a few pages at a time. If your in a course where you're going to be expected to finish 10 pages in one night, and still complete all your other homework, all I have to say is good luck with that.

I guess the issue I had with this was a personal issue- maybe. That last problem I explained is why I gave it 4 and not 5. If I could I'd give it 4.9 because really, this is the best textbook I've ever had. It has definitely made me happy to learn so many new things about a subject that I find so interesting. And hats off to Myers for being able to write such a massive book while still keeping the style and quality consistent.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Intro Psychology textbook Sept. 22 2009
By Irina I. Patrikeeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is easy to read, perhaps, too easy for college-level students. There are pages and pages of analogies, quotes, diagrams and photos (sometimes indirectly related to the material) and numerous pop-culture references. The book could have been a few hundred pages shorter. It's a pain to carry it around, but it's a good book for an intro course in psychology.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An improvement over the previous edition Jan. 31 2010
By Geoffrey Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This edition makes several improvements over the previous edition, which I had from a previous Psych course. Some new research is included, and the author actually gets introspective! Also, if you are trying to make do with a previous edition, be aware that some of the chapter numbers have changed in this edition.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beware! It Will Suck You In! Dec 21 2011
By Kristin M. Shaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you asked me if I was interested in Psychology before taking this class/reading this book, I would have said "NO!" I was a biology major during my undergrad and somehow got by without taking a Psych class. I didn't think it was a real science. Well, I just finished an on-line course using this book. The majority of the class was the book. Now, I wish I majored in Psychology. It was fascinating! In fact, I found myself reading it out loud to my husband. I loved the little psych test, ie. what do you see in this picture, can you draw two different figures with your two different hands, which face looks female/male, etc. The author peppered every lesson with real life examples which made it come to life. Also, it was organized in a way which was easy to understand. Finally, every section would end with a question to test if the student learned/understood the material. In one word: fantastic!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
cheaper, be careful Feb. 22 2011
By student155 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Loose Leaf Verified Purchase
This book was loose leaf so you had to store it in a 3 ring binder. My girlfriend and I shared it this semester and it lasted us just fine since we were careful. I think we had only one page tear out. It was nice to be able to take sections of it out when we had things to read on roadtrips.


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