Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding (paperbound) Paperback – Jan 8 2008
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From the Back Cover
Praise for Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding
“The authors speak directly to students without ever talking down to them or over their heads. This text should serve as the prototype for how to write for college students today.”
–John Bickford, University of Massachusetts
“This is the introductory psychology textbook you’ve been dreaming about. It will change the way you think about what an introductory psychology textbook can do.”
–Brian Johnson, University of Tennessee at Martin
“This text is a fascinating journey. . . . I highly recommend this work to everyone.”
–Robert Hensley, Mansfield University
“Where has this book been all my teaching life?”
–Brady J. Phelps, South Dakota State University
“The authors have created a superb textbook.”
–Linda Fayard, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
“This is an introductory psychology text for the twenty-first century student.”
–David Payne, Wallace Community College
“The text reads more like a non-fiction bestseller than a textbook. In a world where all introductory psychology texts look a great deal alike this one will stand out on your shelf.”
–Laura Gruntmeier, Redlands Community College
“I like the way the authors relate to the reader. The authors do a great job of explaining what might be controversial and ask us to open our minds. They relate the content to our generation. It was easy to read.”
–Daren Essig, student, Community College of Rhode Island
“If the chapters in our current psychology book were like the ones in Lilienfeld, I would actually read the book.”
–Chris Deery, student, Community College of Rhode Island
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Scott O. Lilienfeld received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986-1987. He was assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Albany from 1990-1994, and now is Professor of Psychology at Emory University. He recently was appointed a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, and was the recipient of the 1998 David Shakow Award from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology. Dr. Lilienfeld is a past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology within Division 12. He is the founder and editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, Associate Editor of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and a regular columnist for Scientific American Mind magazine. He has authored or co-authored six books and over 160 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lilienfeld has also been a participant in Emory University's "Great Teachers" lecturer series, as well as the Distinguished Speaker for the Psi Chi Honor Society at the American Psychological Association and Midwestern Psychological Association conventions.
Steven Jay Lynn received his B. A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. He completed an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lafayette Clinic, Detroit Michigan in 1976, and is now Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY), where he is the director of the Psychological Clinic. Dr. Lynn is a Fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and he was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award of the State University of New York for Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Lynn has authored or edited 17 books, and authored more than 230 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lynn has served as the editor of a book series for the American Psychological Association, and he has served on 11 editorial boards, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Lynn’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Laura L. Namy received her B. A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Indiana University in 1993 and her doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University in 1998. She is now Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Namy was recently appointed editor of the Journal of Cognition and Development and serves as the Treasurer of the Cognitive Development Society. She is also coordinator of the joint major in Psychology and Linguistics, and the director of the graduate program in Cognition and Development at Emory. Her research focuses on the origins and development of verbal and non-verbal symbol use in young children, and the role of comparison in conceptual development.
Nancy J. Woolf received her B.S. in Psychobiology at UCLA in 1978 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA School of Medicine in 1983. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Her specialization is behavioral neuroscience and her research spans the organization of acetylcholine systems, neural plasticity, memory, neural degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and consciousness. In 1990 she won the Colby Prize from the Sigma Kappa Foundation, awarded for her achievements in scientific research in Alzheimer’s disease. In 2002 she received the Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award. Dr. Woolf is currently on the editorial board of Science and Consciousness Review and Nanoneuroscience.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is a great textbook. The tone is involving, it's not dry at all and even though some of the metaphors seem corny, it's a nice change of pace from what I was used to. It makes the reading almost "light" in a sense, where you can just understand it when you read it once - you don't have to read the same sentence over and over trying to understand it. It presses the same five topics into your head and provides constant examples of each on almost every page (Correlation doesn't equal causation, Occam's Razor, etc). This is a nice and non-intrusive way to remind you to think scientifically while reading.
The book also has a large focus on defusing "psuedoscience", products or advertisements which rely on faulty scientific methods or thinking. As a relatively intelligent college student at decent university, I thought I would be immune to these sort of fallacies in everyday life, but I was surprisingly wrong! The text teaches you about all the sneaky way advertisers try to trick you and the techniques they use, so you can avoid them. I found myself falling into some of these traps before, but after I read the book I recognized this pseudoscience right away. They also point out plenty of scientifically-based tests to disprove "mainstream psuedoscience" like astrology, tarot cards, fortune tellers, etc etc with empirically backed studies.
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In the end, I felt like I could have gained a lot of knowledge simply by reading the text. Combined with the instruction of a class, I feel way more ready to think scientifically and recognize my own scientific mistakes. It's very interesting and relevant science, and you will find yourself smiling as you realize how true these things are that you've never even thought of!