Psychology in Action, 12th Edition

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Psychology in Action, 12th Edition

By Karen Huffman, Katherine Dowdell, and Catherine A. Sanderson

$69  USD | $89  CAN

Psychology in Action has been designed to engage and inspire your students through its streamlined, linear organization and the authors’ unique active learning approach. Students will leave the course with a solid foundation in basic psychology that will serve them in their daily lives no matter what their chosen field of study and career path.

The next generation of WileyPLUS gives you the freedom and flexibility to tailor your introductory psychology content and easily manage your course in order to keep students engaged and on track. Psychology in Action is available in the new WileyPLUS platform, offering students a wealth of tools that will empower them to master and make connections between the key concepts of the course. Rich media content, including new interactive graphics, tutorial animations, videos, and virtual field trips, is integrated at the learning objective level providing students with a clear and engaging path through the material.

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Tutorial Videos and Virtual Field Trips connect concepts to real life

Tutorial videos and virtual field trips to real places engage students in an active learning experience and appeal to a variety of learning styles. Instructors can assign related quizzes to test student understanding.

Challenging concepts are illustrated for students

Animations that illustrate difficult-to-learn concepts from a real-world perspective are included within the module where the topic is being discussed.

New interactive graphics engage all types of students

Interactive graphics engage students with illustrations and diagrams that help them actively explore and better understand complex concepts.

    Features Include

  • Application Quiz: 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.
  • Support for Developing Critical Thinking Skills: A special critical thinking prologue and structured exercises throughout each course section provide the scaffolding and framework for students to develop their critical thinking skills. Connections questions in each end-of-section Retrieval Practice activity strengthen students’ grasp of concepts and ability to relate concepts from one course section to another and to the seven major perspectives of psychology.
  • Opportunities to Connect Concepts to Real Life: Why Study Psychology? and Try This Yourself features are among the many opportunities each course section provides for students to make connections between the concepts they’re learning and their everyday lives.
  • Media Challenge: This evidence-based feature shows students how to use critical thinking to evaluate psychology-related topics in popular internet blogs and social media.
  • Looking Back/Looking Ahead: These sections appear throughout the course and allow students to see the interrelated connections from key concepts across course sections.

    What’s New

  • APA Undergraduate Learning Goals and Outcomes 2018: For instructors, the test bank now has APA tagging and can be filtered by goals and outcomes.
  • Grit and a Growth Mindset: Studies find that “grit” and a “growth mindset” may be even more important than IQ in determining individual success in work and academic settings. Each course section begins with a brief description of a famous figure who exemplifies both qualities and then references these stories later in the section to illustrate core concepts. The repeated stories of success reassure students that achievement is largely under their control and thereby inspires them to use grit and a growth mindset to achieve their own personal dreams and aspirations. Each course section includes a Psychology and a Contemporary Success or a Psychology and a Classical Success story.
  • Personal and Professional Success: The course also includes two new features—Psychology and Your Personal Success in every section and Psychology and Your Professional Success in most sections—to further demonstrate how knowing psychology, along with a growth mindset and grit, can help students succeed in the real world.
  • New Animations, Tutorial Videos, and Mini-Courses: A variety of the animations and video tutorials included in this course are new. This course now also features video Mini-Courses to support students in learning complex topics.

Karen Huffman is an emeritus professor of psychology at Palomar College, San Marcos, California, where she taught full-time until 2010 and served as the psychology student advisor and co-coordinator for psychology faculty. Huffman has received many awards and accolades, including the National Teaching Award for Excellence in Community/Junior College Teaching given by Division Two of the American Psychological Association (APA). Huffman is the author of several textbooks, including Psychology in Action, Visualizing Psychology, and Real World Psychology. Huffman’s special research and presentation focus is on active learning and critical thinking. She has been invited to speak and has conducted numerous presentations, online web seminars, and teaching workshops throughout the United States, Spain, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Catherine A. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in health and development from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Sanderson’s research examines how personality and social variables influence health-related behaviors such as safer sex and disordered eating, the development of persuasive messages and interventions to prevent unhealthy behavior, and the predictors of relationship satisfaction. This research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to five college textbooks, a high school health textbook, and a popular press book on parenting. In 2012 she was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.

Katherine Dowdell is a professor of psychology at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa where she teaches courses in introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, lifespan development and social psychology. She also currently serves as district chair for behavioral sciences. Dowdell received her BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MS in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dowdell’s experience as an instructor spans almost 30 years and incorporates a variety of creative techniques and innovative strategies. Dowdell began working with Karen Huffman and the Wiley psychology team as a Wiley Faculty Network mentor in 2007. In this role, she has taught and mentored faculty on best practices and the use of technology in teaching. She has conducted numerous online presentations and live workshops on student engagement and empirically-based teaching techniques, as well as published an Instructor’s Field Guide to online teaching. As a decade-long user of WileyPLUS, Dowdell has served as a development consultant on everything from WileyPLUS functionality and video content to instructional design, user-experience, and faculty training.

  1. Introduction and Research Methods
  2. Neuroscience and Biological Foundations
  3. Stress and Health Psychology
  4. Sensation and Perception
  5. States of Consciousness
  6. Learning
  7. Memory
  8. Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
  9. Life Span Development I
  10. Life Span Development II
  11. Gender and Human Sexuality
  12. Motivation and Emotion
  13. Personality
  14. Psychological Disorders
  15. Therapy
  16. Social Psychology
Optional Sections:
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psychology at Work in the Global Economy

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