This introduction to psychology is brimming with interesting examples that are inclusive with regard to gender and culture. With a strong historical context and an emphasis on the research that defines psychology, Sdorow provides faculty and students with a winning combination of content, readability and interest. The text promotes critical thinking and an appreciation of psychology as a science by exploring the research that defines the discipline. Research processes are examined in depth in the "Anatomy of a Research Study" section in each chapter from 2 to 17. The book presents the major perspectives of the discipline in a balanced and scholarly manner, with attention to, but not excessive, detail and up-to-date coverage of major research studies. "Psychology vs Common Sense" sections found in each chapter examine common sense notions in light of research. Using information media (journals, newspapers, the Internet) as the source, the "Thinking Critically About Psychology and the Media" feature teaches students to think critically about information and teaches them to evaluate claims by using research studies as a guide. A list of critical thinking questions based on the material presented in the chapter. This is designed as a reinforcing exercise that tests students' comprehension of the chapter content.
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