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Introduction to Psychological Science
Integrating Behavioral, Neuroscience and Evolutionary Perspectives

ISBN 9780367693596
Published July 20, 2021 by Routledge
804 Pages 265 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Introduction to Psychological Science provides students with an accessible, comprehensive, and engaging overview of the field of scientific psychology. It expertly incorporates a variety of perspectives ranging from neuroscience to cultural perspectives at an introductory level.

Ray brings together cutting-edge research from traditional psychological literature to modern, evolving perspectives, and creates a unified approach by focusing on three core themes:

  • Behavior and Experience: an analysis of behavior and experiences observed across a variety of everyday life situations.
  • Neuroscience: an examination of psychological experiences through neuroscience lens ranging from genetic/epigenetic to cortical networks as related to psychology.
  • Evolutionary/Human Origins: an exploration of broader scientific questions by examining psychological processes from the perspective of human and cultural history.

Through these themes, the book delves into topics like social processes, psychopathology, stress and health, motivation and emotion, developmental sequences, and cognitive functions such as memory, learning, problem solving, and language. Throughout it helps students to understand the nature of psychological science by addressing common myths and misconceptions in psychology, showing how psychological science can be applied to everyday life and how new research can be created. Additionally, this student-friendly book is packed with pedagogical features, including "concept checks" to test reader knowledge, "extensions" features which show how to apply knowledge, and a comprehensive glossary.

Reflecting the latest APA Guidelines concerning the essential elements of an introductory psychology course, this text is core reading for all undergraduate introductory psychology students.

Table of Contents

  1. Psychology: Historical Roots and Modern Approaches
  2. Scientific Psychology and Its Research Methods
  3. The Neuroscience of Behavior and Experience
  4. Developmental Processes
  5. Sensation and Perception
  6. Consciousness
  7. Memory
  8. Learning, Ethology, and Language Processes
  9. Cognition, Problem-Solving and Intelligence
  10. Motivation and Emotion
  11. Stress and Health
  12. Social Psychology
  13. Personality
  14. Psychological Disorders
  15. Treatment


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William J. Ray is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Penn State University, USA. At Penn State, he was the Director of the SCAN (Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience) program and was the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program. His research has focused on approaching clinical questions from a neuroscience perspective.


"Ray's Introduction to Psychological Science takes a serious, research-based view of the field. It explains current research within the context of the history of the field--classic studies, theories and figures. It is a higher-level textbook for students and instructors that are serious about psychological science." – Dennis Miller, University of Missouri, USA

"This is a well-written book that is applicable to majors from different disciplines. A strong text that should be closely considered when looking for intro psychology course materials." – Gary F. Kelly, Clarkson University, USA