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The second edition enables psychologists to gain a better understanding of what is unique and intriguing about this area of study. It follows a groundbreaking visual approach that helps them quickly and easily learn the subject. With numerous illustrations and graphics, the book brings complex concepts to life. The links between theory and application are also clearly presented. Psychologists will benefit from this visually-oriented look into the field because it’s more engaging than other resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470410172
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/12/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 385,561

Meet the Author

Karen Huffman is a professor of psychology at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, where she teaches full-time and serves as the Psychology Student Advisor and Co-Coordinator for Psychology Faculty. Karen received the National Teaching Award for Excellence in Community/Junior College Teaching given by Division Two of the American Psychological Association (APA). She also was recognized with the first Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from Palomar College, and an Outstanding Teaching award from the University of Texas at Austin. Karen's special research and presentation focus is in active learning and critical thinking, and she has presented numerous online web seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Karen is the author of Wiley introductory psychology texts including, Psychology in Action and Living Psychology.

Siri J. Carpenter is a PhD in Psychology from Yale University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Science, ScienceNOW, Reuters Health, The APA Monitor (the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association), the APS Observer (magazine of the American Psychological society, World Book Science Year, and others.

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Table of Contents



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 Motivation and Emotion.

12 Personality.

13 Psychological Disorders.

14 Therapy.

15 Social Psychology.

Appendix A: Statistics and Psychology.

Appendix B: Answers to Self-Tests.




Name Index.

Subject Index.

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