Psychology Around Us, 4th Canadian Edition

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Psychology Around Us, 4th Canadian Edition

By Nancy Ogden, Michael Boyes, Evelyn Field, Ron Comer, and Elizabeth Gould

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Psychology Around Us, Fourth Canadian Edition offers students a wealth of tools and content in a structured learning environment that is designed to draw students in and hold their interest in the subject. Psychology Around Us is available with WileyPLUS, giving instructors the freedom and flexibility to tailor curated content and easily customize their course with their own material. It provides today’s digital students with a wide array of media content — videos, interactive graphics, animations, adaptive practice — integrated at the learning objective level to provide students with a clear and engaging path through the material. Psychology Around Us is filled with interesting research and abundant opportunities to apply concepts in a real-life context. Students will become energized by the material as they realize that Psychology is “all around us.”

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Industrial Organization Video Series

New to this edition, this video series links the basic concepts of an introductory psychology course to workplace and organizational applications and helps students apply what they learn to their future lives and careers. Associated questions provide opportunities for students to apply what they have learned.

Weekly Update

The Wiley Psychology Weekly Update

This valuable resource features articles and videos to help keep learners up to date on the field of psychology and illustrates the real-world significance of psychology in everyday life. Discussion questions are provided to help guide an understanding of the article or video and to encourage class participation.


These engaging animations illustrate difficult-to-learn concepts from a real-world perspective and are included within the module where the topic is being discussed.

Interactive Graphics

This engaging tool allows students to interact with illustrations and diagrams that will help them actively explore and better understand complex concepts.

Concept Check Quizzes

These pre-created applied quizzes allow instructors to quickly assign a short set of multiple-choice questions that test students’ ability to apply the material they have just learned.

    What’s New:

  • NEW! Industrial Organization Video Series links the basic concepts of an Intro Psych course to workplace and organizational applications, and help students apply what they learn to their future lives and careers in the real world.
  • NEW First-Nations Perspectives: The fourth edition deliberately incorporates indigenous cultural perspectives on topics throughout each chapter.
  • NEW Positive Psychology Highlights: Each chapter highlights recent research in Positive Psychology to underscore the application of psychological science to optimize human functioning.**
  • NEW Author: Dr. Evelyn Field (Mount Royal University) joins the author team and brings a fresh new perspective to the 4th edition of the text. Drawing on her extensive background and research in neuroscience, Dr. Field has revised and updated the Your Brain and Behaviour feature throughout the text among her many other contributions this edition, including a complete revision of Chapter 3: Neuroscience.

    Additional Features Include

  • Chapter Opener Outline:  Every chapter begins with an outline of the main headings in the chapter, with the accompanying learning objective. Each chapter also starts with a description about a person or situation to introduce concepts and interest students in the chapter content. This introductory material helps to give readers a big-picture overview of the chapter and helps to prepare them for the material they will need to learn.
  • Guided Learning:  A learning objective for each chapter section identifies the most important material for students to understand while reading that section.
  • Before You Go On  questions follow each section to help students check their mastery of the important items covered.
  • What Do You Know?  questions prompt students to stop and review the key concepts just presented.
  • What Do You Think?  questions encourage students to think critically on key questions in the chapter.
  • Psychology Around Us  boxes in each chapter highlight interesting news stories, current controversies in and around psychology, and relevant research findings. This engaging feature illustrates how psychology affects us in our everyday lives, in every way, with examples from Canada and around the world.
  • Practically Speaking  boxes emphasize the practical application of everyday psychology.

    Instructor Resources

  • Instructor’s Manual
  • MCAT Correlation Guide
  • PowerPoints
  • Test Banks
  • Clickers
  • Computerized Test Bank
  • Respondus Test Bank
  • Media Guide

NANCY OGDEN is a professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Mount Royal University, where she has taught for the past 30 years, has received many teaching awards, and has conducted research pertaining to the development of study-strategy information in undergraduates. Dr. Ogden’s main research areas are related to social and emotional development in children, adolescents, and their families, and to poverty. Another of her research areas is physical literacy in early childhood; her additional research areas include parenting, attachment, relationships, and adjustment. Dr. Ogden does data-management work for non-profit agencies serving children, youth, and families. Since the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s inception, she has also been involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s post-secondary response to the TRC’s Calls to Action. She is the lead author on Psychology Around Us, now in its 4th edition.

MICHAEL BOYES has taught at the University of Calgary in the Department of Psychology for 35 years and has received the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Award. He publishes, consults, and runs courses and workshops in the areas of cognitive and psychosocial development and identity in families, children, adolescents, and emerging adults, as well as in programs aimed at optimizing student experiences in transitions to their post-secondary developmental pathways and with adults who need to engage in midlife career and identity pivots. He assists with the development and telling the stories (evaluation) of programs by and for urban Indigenous children, youth, and families and programs dealing with domestic violence. He has also served as an expert witness in cases related to matters of adolescent consent.

EVELYN FIELD  is a full professor at Mount Royal University in the Department of Psychology, where she has taught for over 12 years. She has published numerous scientific articles and co-authored three books: Sex Differences: Summarizing More than a Century of Scientific Research, the Canadian edition of Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity, and Psychology YOU, a career guide for psychology undergraduates. Field is a contributing author to several other textbooks, including Biology on the Cutting Edge: Concepts, Issues and Canadian Research around the Globe and previous editions of Psychology Around Us. She has received awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Alberta Foundation for Medical Research, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is a recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal. She completed her studies in neuroscience at the Universities of Lethbridge and Calgary, and the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Field has been nominated for, and received, several awards for teaching excellence, including a recent Distinguished Faculty Award for distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service at Mount Royal University. Her research focus is in the areas of neuroscience, sexuality, and the scholarship of teaching and learning, where she focuses on integrating creativity and technology into the classroom.

RONALD COMER has taught in Princeton University’s Department of Psychology for the past 35 years and has served as Director of Clinical Psychology Studies for most of that time. He has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the university. Comer also is the author of the textbooks Abnormal Psychology, now in its seventh edition, and Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, now in its ninth edition, and is the coauthor of Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology. He is the producer of various educational videos, including The Introduction to Psychology Video Library Series. In addition, he has published journal articles in clinical psychology, personality, social psychology, and family medicine.

ELIZABETH GOULD  has taught in Princeton University’s Department of Psychology for the past 12 years. A leading researcher in the study of adult neurogenesis, she has published numerous journal articles on the production of new neurons in the adult mammalian brain. Gould has been honoured for her breakthrough work with a number of awards, including the 2006 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award and the 2009 Royal Society of the Arts Benjamin Franklin Medal. She serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Biological Psychology, and Cell Stem Cell.

Chapter 1. Psychology: Yesterday and Today
Chapter 2. Psychology as a Science
Chapter 3. Neuroscience
Chapter 4. Human Development
Chapter 5. Sensation and Perception
Chapter 6. Consciousness
Chapter 7. Learning
Chapter 8. Memory
Chapter 9. Language and Thought
Chapter 10. Intelligence
Chapter 11. Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 12. Personality
Chapter 13. Social Psychology
Chapter 14. Stress, Coping, and Health
Chapter 15. Psychological Disorders
Chapter 16. Treatment of Psychological Disorders
Appendix A: Answers to Self-Study Questions
Appendix B: Statistics in Psychology

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