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Discovering Psychology The Science of Mind, 1st Edition

In this fresh new offering to the Intro Psychology course, authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg portray psychology as being an integrative science in two ways. First, they have written a text that reflects psychology’s rightful place as a hub science that draws from and is cited by research in many other fields. Second, this text presents psychology as a unified science that seeks a complete understanding of the human mind, rather than as a loosely organized set of autonomous subspecialties. As psychology moves rapidly toward maturity as an integrative, multidisciplinary field, the introductory course offers an opportunity to teach all of psychology in one place and at one time. This text reflects that evolution–and the authors’ excitement about it.


1. The Science of Mind: The Discipline of Psychology. 2. The Measure of Mind: Methods of Psychology. 3. The Evolving Mind: Nature and Nurture Intertwined. 4. The Biological Mind: The Brain and Nervous System. 5. Perceiving Minds: Sensation and Perception. 6. The Aware Mind: Elements of Consciousness. 7. The Feeling Mind: Motivation and Emotion. 8. The Adaptive Mind: Learning. 9. Knowing Minds: Memory. 10. Thinking Minds: Cognition, Language, and Intelligence. 11. Developing Minds: Lifespan Development. 12. Individual Minds: Personality and the Self. 13. Connected Minds: Social Psychology. 14. Troubled Minds: Psychological Disorders. 15. Healing Troubled Minds: Therapy. 16. Healthy Minds: Stress and Coping, Health Psychology, and Positive Psychology. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He is the chair of the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the president of the Society for Social Neuroscience, and he is a past president of four other scientific societies including the Association for Psychological Science. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology Scientific Impact Award, the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Prize. He has served as editor and associate editor of various journal boards, and he currently serves on the Council of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health.

Laura Freberg is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception. To better understand the needs of the online education community, Laura began teaching Social Psychology for Argosy University Online in 2011. Freberg’s teaching career began over 35 years ago when she taught her first college course at Pasadena City College at the age of 23. She has received Faculty Member of the Year recognition from the Cal Poly Disabilities Resource Center three times (1991, 1994, and 2009) in recognition of her work with students with disabilities. She enjoys using technology and social media in the classroom, and is a syndicated expert blogger for Live Right Live Well! She serves as the Bylaws and Archives Committee Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience.

I read this book as an additional reading and love the way it connects all psychology areas. Textbook of the future, I wish to be lucky to have it for my intro class. Too late, but still a lot of useful information. Very well written too.

In most cases, college students tend to buy a textbook for a course just because it is required, and then don’t open the book and read the material until the day before an exam. When this happens, all of the information in the text is not being comprehended by the reader. When a Professor requires a textbook that also involves an online course code, it makes the student open the book and really learn the material.

Discovering Psychology Science of Mind is an overall great textbook for college students in the Psychology field, and even for those who are specializing in Substance Abuse. It discuss’ the basics of Psychology in sub sections, such as the history, mind and brain, from how it develops, and how it can be effected from certain things such as drugs. I said above this text was good for those in Substance Abuse because it has a Chapter in the book cut out just for drugs and alcohol in which it describes a numerous amount of drugs and what they can do to a person’s brain.

Although this book is fairly pricey for just the hardback, I would highly recommend getting the e-text version and code for Aplia.com, even if the Professor doesn’t require it. It will cost you about $15.00 more but will allow you to highlight in the text, make your own flash cards, have someone read the book to you, make notes on each page, and even give you tests on each chapter that will help you get a better understanding of the material in the chapters. Overall, if one does this, they are studying for exams without really realizing it and are bound to get an “A” in the course.

In compared to the original Psychology 101 textbook, Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind is written in a clear and concise language, which allows the reader to get a better understanding of the text, and also has helpful navigation before each chapter to lead you to what you are looking for. Psychology 101 was a good textbook, but was filled with a lot of older research, and a lot of big and hard to understand words, whereas this textbook is filled with new research.

I gave Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind a 4 star rating because I feel that there is always room for improvement and nothing is perfect. With that being said, I did not like how some of the Figures within the text were not as helpful as the writers had hoped, in further explaining the information that was mentioned above it. I tended to think that instead of making more sense, they confused the reader in some cases, making them over think the situations.

Overall, I would highly recommend this textbook. as it has been extremely helpful to me in more than one way. Since I am a Psychology major, I was able to use this book as a resource in other classes when doing research. With the clear and concise language, and the e-text with online quizzes I found that it allowed me to grasp a better understanding of all of the information within it, and also ability to retain the information.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061818550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618185504
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.2 x 1.4 inches

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