Jim Kalat's best-selling "Introduction to Psychology" takes a critical thinking approach to the major theories and concerns of psychology. Kalat's humorous writing style blends with fun, hands-on Try It Yourself activities to give students an engaging learning experience that gets them involved with even with the most intimidating concepts. This proven approach has won the text well-deserved praise from instructors and students alike. By prompting students to ask themselves questions like; how was this conclusion reached? And, does the evidence really support it? Kalat encourages use of the scientific principles that psychologists use when attempting to answer questions about human intellect, emotion, and behavior. This approach helps students separate what merely sounds plausible from what is scientifically provable - both in the psychology classroom and beyond it. With the Eighth Edition, Kalat builds on the text's reputation for incorporating timely information that draws on the latest research and literature. With the text's carefully crafted content and pedagogy, as well as its supporting learning tools, students are able to see the study of psychology as an endeavor that has relevance to their scholastic and personal lives.
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James W. Kalat is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at North Carolina State University, where he taught courses in introduction to psychology and biological psychology from 1977 through 2012. He received an AB degree summa cum laude from Duke University and a PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author of INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (10th Edition) and co-author with Michelle Shiota of EMOTION (2nd Edition). In addition to textbooks, he has written journal articles on taste-aversion learning, the teaching of psychology, and other topics. He was twice the program chair for the annual convention of the American Psychological Society, now named the Association for Psychological Science.Review:
"I orginally adopted Kalats Introduction to Psychology book because I was already familiar with his Biological Psychology book, which I used for another calss. I like his writing style, and the level of his coverage is appropriate for our students. We seem to be on the same 'wavelength.' So I began using his Intro text, and have now convinced my colleagues to use it also. He is clear, amusing, at the right level, and he doesn't use too many distracting 'boxes.'"
"The book is well written, well organized, and is beautiful to look at. The material is presented coherently and even-handedly and the language is clear and simple--but not simplistic. Kalat uses effective examples to illustrate the concepts under discussion. Psychology is accurately presented as a 'work in progress' Complex issues are discussed in a reasoned, reflective, and thoughful manner. . . The book is also elegant and beautiful. The artwork and design are superb. The book's narrative is characteristically coherent and even-handed. The tone is thoughtful. A concern for critical thinking permeates the book. I like Kalat's apparent committment to presenting psychology 'warts and all.'"
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