Features and Benefits
Adaptation Theme—Adaptation theme is presented at the onset of each chapter and flows throughout the text—Adaptation to evolution and adaptation to a challenging environment.
Provides students with a conceptual framework and serves as an organizing principle to study the science of psychology. Challenges the reader with two definitions of adaptiveness- adaptation to culture, through socialization and learning, and adaptation through evolution, the innate tendencies to behave in certain ways.
Balanced Approach—While adaptiveness is the central theme of the book, Barker presents “all perspectives in psychology.”
Gives students a balanced, rigorous introduction to the science of psychology as a whole.
Chapter-Opening Vignettes—Each chapter begins with an opening story setting the stage for the chapter, immersing the student into the material. The vignettes further solidify the adaptive theme.
Motivates the student to continue reading, and helps integrate the chapter.
Interim Summaries—“Check-points” found after each main section.
Provides the student with several mini-summaries within each chapter helping the reader to understand what was just read before moving on to the next major topic.
Marginal Glossary—Runs throughout the text.
Provides students with succinct definitions of the terms discussed within the chapter.
Links—Link forward and Link back demonstrate how psychology is an interrelated science.
Encourages the student to link back, to re-examine what was previously learned or to link forward, to preview what will be introduced. Provides a context for what is being studied and how the topic relates to other areas within the field of psychology.
For Further Thought.
Gives students the opportunity to take their learning one step further. These thought provoking questions give the students the opportunity to critically analyze the material and to further explore the questions by accessing the texts website which shares this feature.
Concluding Thoughts—Author summarizes the chapter.
Captures the critical points of the chapter for the reader.
Provides the background to understand the field as a dynamically evolving science and to see “where we have been in psychology and where we are going.Gives students the opportunity to further explore and study the discipline on the World Wide Web.