This best-selling text not only explores psychological theory and research, but also emphasizes their application to the lives of students. Spencer Rathus is a talented author with a widely celebrated writing style that makes psychology interesting, appealing, and relevant for students.
A great amount of detail has gone into updating this text, including: the additions of a new chapter, "Adolescent and Adult Development;" a new feature, "Controversy in Psychology," which embraces controversies in psychology as vehicles for enhancing knowledge and stimulating critical thinking; and a new pedagogical approach, PQ4R (outlined below). This new edition also features greater emphasis on the evolutionary perspective, as well as a new connection to the Web and the text's CD-ROM using the author's trademarked method.
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Spencer Rathus earned his Ph.D. in 1972, and has published more than twenty research articles in the areas of psychological disorders, methods of therapy, human growth and development, and psychological assessment. These have appeared in and the JOURNAL OF BEHAVIOR THERAPY AND EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHIATRY). Foremost among his research publications is the RATHUS ASSERTIVENESS SCHEDULE (RAS), which is widely used in research and clinical practice, and which has been referenced frequently in other literature. Rathus is also the author of several best selling textbooks, as well as the trade book BT: BEHAVIOR THERAPY STRATEGIES FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS IN LIVING (Doubleday). Known for his warm and encouraging writing style, Rathus taught at Northeastern University and St. John's University before arriving at his current position at New York University.
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