Virtually all of our students enter Introductory Psychology with a full set of preconceived notions-many of them incorrect. Psychology: Perspectives and Connections is designed to move students beyond what may seem obvious to them, to have them reevaluate the thoughts and beliefs they bring to the course.
Students often think they already "know" psychology. They sometimes think "psychology is just common sense." Perhaps they believe that human behavior is simply a by-product of heredity. Or perhaps they think that all they need to know about psychology is best learned by reading words on a page or a screen.
With this in mind, we challenge our students: Don't believe everything you think. We encourage students to question preconceived notions, putting their ideas-and the ideas of others-to the test. Through text that is one component of a rich, digital environment, we engage students in thinking critically. We continually demonstrate the importance of challenging assumptions and experiences-whether as a student or as a researcher-to understand that no one perspective tells the whole story.
Gregory Feist (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Psychology in Adult Development at San Jose State University. Dr. Feist is widely published in the psychology of creativity, the psychology of science, and the development of scientific talent. One of his major goals is establishing the psychology of science as a healthy and independent study of science, along the lines of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. His teaching efforts have been recognized by outstanding teaching awards at both the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley. Erika Rosenberg (Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco) served on the faculties at the University of Delaware and the College of William and Mary and currently is a researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rosenberg is an emotions researcher, health psychologist, and teacher of meditation. Her research on emotion has examined how feelings are revealed in facial expressions, how social factors influence emotional signals, and how anger affects cardiovascular health. Her current research interests include collaborative studies that integrate Western psychology with Buddhist practices for improving emotional and cognitive functioning.
1 Introduction to Psychology 2 Conducting Research in Psychology 3 The Biology of Behavior 4 Sensing and Perceiving Our World 5 Human Development 6 Consciousness 7 Memory 8 Learning 9 Language and Thought 10 Intelligence, Problem Solving, and Creativity 11 Motivation and Emotion 12 Stress and Health 13 Personality: The Uniqueness of the Individual 14 Social Behavior 15 Psychological Disorders 16 Treatment of Psychological Disorders