1st Edition

Introductory Psychology in Modules Understanding Our Heads, Hearts, and Hands

By Brett Pelham, David Boninger Copyright 2021
    638 Pages 226 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    638 Pages 226 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Introductory Psychology in Modules: Understanding Our Heads, Hearts, and Hands is a unique and comprehensive introduction to psychology. It consists of 36 short modules that keep students engaged with humor, a narrative style, and hands-on activities that facilitate interactive learning and critical thinking.

    Each stand-alone module focuses on a major topic in psychology, from the brain, sensation, memory, and cognition to human development, personality, social psychology, and clinical psychology. The modular format also allows a deep dive into important topics that have less coverage in other introductory psychology textbooks. This includes cross-cultural psychology, stereotypes and discrimination, evolutionary psychology, sex and gender, climate change, health psychology, and sport psychology. This truly modular format – ideal for both face to face and virtual learning – makes it easy for instructors to customize their readings and assign exactly what they wish to emphasize. The book also contains an abundance of pedagogical features, including numerous hands-on activities and/or group discussion activities, multiple-choice practice quizzes, and an instructor exam bank written by the authors.

    By covering both classic and contemporary topics, this book will delight students and instructors alike. The modular format also makes this a useful supplementary text for classes in nursing, medicine, social work, policing, and sociology.

    I. History of and Methods in Psychology:

    1) Psychology and the Four Ways of Knowing

    2) Seven Windows on the History of Psychology

    3) Doing Good Science: Internal Validity in Psychological Research

    4) Doing Relevant Science: External Validity and Archival Research

    II. The Brain:

    5) Six Important Features of the Human Brain

    6) The Structure and Function of Key Brain Regions

    III. Genetics & Evolution:

    7) Genetics – Our Biological Origins

    8) Evolutionary Psychology: How the Past Informs the Present

    IV. Sensation & Perception:

    9) How the World Gets Inside You: Sensation and Perception

    10) Four Windows on Human Perception

    V. Learning:

    11) Classical Conditioning: Learning by Association

    12) Operant Conditioning: Learning the Consequences of Our Behavior

    VI. Motivation, Emotion, and More:

    13) Motivation: The Psychology of Wants and Needs

    14) Emotions: Are You Feeling It?

    15) Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

    VII. Memory and Cognition:

    16) Memory: Making the Past the Present

    17) Consciousness (or the Lack Thereof)

    18) Exploring the "Snap" in Snap Judgment: Judgment and Decision Making

    19) Look Who’s Talking: Language and Reasoning

    20) Intelligence and the Insularity of Genius

    VIII. Lifespan Human Development:

    21) Human Prenatal Development and Birth

    22) Critical and Sensitive Periods in Human Development

    23) Cognitive Development: Going from the Concrete to the Abstract

    24) Psychosocial Development: Navigating Challenges Across the Lifespan

    25) Adult Development: Getting There – and then Hanging in There

    IX. Social, Personality, and Cultural Psychology:

    26) Social Psychology: The Power of the Situation

    27) Stereotypes and Social Perception

    28) Six Lenses on Human Aggression

    29) Is there an "I" in Altruism? Human Prosocial Behavior

    30) Personality: Our Uniqueness and Why it Matters

    31) Culture: How Psychology Varies with Geography

    X. Clinical Psychology:

    32) Everybody Hurts: Understanding Psychological Disorders

    33) Getting Well: Treatment of Psychological Disorders

    XI. Applied Psychology:

    34) Health Psychology: How the Psychological Becomes the Physical

    35) Mind Games, in a Good Way: Sport Psychology

    36) Saving the Planet: Psychology and Climate Change


    Brett W. Pelham is a UT Austin PhD. Brett has worked at UCLA, SUNY, Buffalo, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Swarthmore College, and Georgetown University. Brett studies the self, gender, stereotypes, health psychology, social judgment, and evolutionary psychology. He’s the author of three other textbooks. Brett is currently at Montgomery College, Maryland – where he gets to teach students from 160 nations. For fun, Brett loves being with his dogs, wife, and kids, in exactly that order. He also enjoys art, astronomy, carpentry, cooking, juggling, metallurgy, music, and studying Spanish. Brett hopes this book will inspire a diverse group of future psychologists.

    David Boninger began his academic career in 1991 as a professor of Psychology at UCLA, and later at the University of Haifa in Israel. He is currently a professor at Glendale Community College in Arizona. David earned a BA from Northwestern University and PhD from The Ohio State University and has conducted and published research in the areas of persuasion, stereotypes, counterfactual thinking, and consumer behavior. David’s perfect day is one spent outside with his wife and two daughters. His outside antics include running, hiking, kayaking, and biking. David loves the oceans, the mountains, and the trees, especially Aspens.

    "What a super text - tons of fun, comprehensive, easy to follow, and very cleverly structured. I wish I could have learned psychology from a book like this." -- William von Hippel, The University of Queensland, Australia