This new edition of ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOLOGY is the medium-sized text in a three-book set authored by Dennis Coon. The hallmark of all Dennis Coon's books is the pioneering use of the SQ3R (now SQ4R) learning system. SQ4R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Relate, and Review. His was the first text to embed this well respected learning system within a textbook. It is written with a student-friendly voice and is accompanied by a full complement of print and electronic ancillaries. This edition also features refinement of the pedagogy by expanding the Knowledge Builder sections of every chapter to incorporate a built in study guide for students. This text covers the basic set of topics commonly taught in the introductory course while also including a second Development chapter (Chapter 4), a separate chapter on Gender and Sexuality (Chapter 15), and a concluding chapter on significant Applications (Chapter 17).
- NEW! The new edition is shorter and more streamlined. The chapters on Sensation and Perception (formerly Chapters 5 and 6) are now collapsed into one chapter (new Chapter 5). The two chapters on development are shortened and remain separate chapters (Chapters 3 and 4). The chapter on Applications (the new Chapter 17) focuses on fewer, more significant topics, such as Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
- Read: In addition to Coon's friendly and engaging writing style, high-interest material contained in each chapter's Focus statements, running glossary, Highlight boxes, Exploring Psychology feature, and Psychology in Action box promotes learning and allows students to grasp important concepts.
- Recite: To enhance learning, students are encouraged to actively test their recall and process chapter information through recitation as they work through the Knowledge Builders.
- Relate: To maximize retention, each Knowledge Builder contains questions that encourage students to link new concepts with personal experiences.
- Review: End-of-chapter features, including the chapter summary, Q-and-A discussion organized around the key survey questions, Psychology on the Net section with Web links, and links to chapter material on the PSYCHNOW! tutorial CD, all help students review the essential concepts in the chapter.
- In addition to the SQ4R elements, the chapter features a running glossary, Knowledge Builders at the end of each chapter section, and 3 types of high-interest boxes.
- Exploring Psychology boxes in every chapter serve as in-text enrichment readings and cover controversies, current issues, topics from psychology's frontiers, or subjects likely to provoke critical thinking and discussion.
- Highlights in every chapter offer a closer look at topics and controversies, research frontiers, cultural diversity, ways of using psychology, and classic research.
- Psychology in Action boxes, found in every chapter, bridge the gap between theory and practical applications. They spell out how students can use psychology to solve problems and manage their own behavior, which allows them to see the benefits of adopting new ideas.
- End-of-chapter elements include Chapter in Review and Psychology on the Net, as well as Interactive Learning, which links the chapter material to the PSYCHNOW! CD-ROM.
- The book's table of contents supports the common syllabus and provides several opportunities for coverage of special topics. The "bonus" chapters include a separate chapter on gender and sexuality (Chapter 15), a second development chapter (Chapter 4), and an applications chapter (Chapter 17).
- NEW! Chapters are now divided into numbered units, making it easier for instructors to assign specific topics as they wish.
- The author is known for his student-friendly writing style and coverage of the latest research and trends, such as the new Highlight which critically evaluates research concerning the Mozart effect (Chapter 3), a new Psychology in Action discussing happiness and well-being in addressing the question "What makes a good life?" (Chapter 4), and a new Highlight which shows how shallow encoding of memories contributes to the tendency of eyewitnesses to think that members of other social groups "all look alike" (Chapter 8).
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- NEW! The revised pedagogy reinforces the main ideas of the chapter by introducing each major heading within a chapter with a Focus statement, which are numbered within the chapter for easy reference.
- NEW! The major headings of each chapter now conclude with an expanded Knowledge Builder box, which functions as a mini-study guide. Each box contains a new element called "Essential Concepts," a bulleted summary of major points and principles that expand the ideas presented in the Focus statement.
- NEW! In addition to the Essential Concepts, each Knowledge Builder box includes a short quiz and Critical Thinking questions. This helps students link the ideas presented in the Focus statement with the survey questions that appear within the text discussion, and allows them to practice their mastery of the content immediately with a quiz and the more conceptually oriented Critical Thinking questions.
- NEW! The expanded supplements package now includes Multimedia Manager for Introductory Psychology 2003, ExamView for computerized testing, WebTutor Advantage products for WebCT and Blackboard, and a new version of PSYCHNOW! (a CD-based tutorial).
- This book is known for extensive pedagogy. Within each chapter, Coon employs the SQ4R learning system: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Relate, and Review (outlined below).
- Survey: The chapter-opening Preview essay grabs students' interest in the material they are about to read.
- Question: Each chapter begins with a list of 8-10 survey questions, which prompt students to "read with a purpose" and give them a sense of important material they will encounter in the chapter. Each question is repeated before the appropriate section within the chapter.