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The Science of Who We Are

Charlton, Sobel, Sobel


Psychology: The Science of Who We Are presents an overview of the major ideas and themes of modern psychology studied in introductory and general psychology courses. With an emphasis on real-life applications of psychological theories and concepts, Shawn Charlton, Susan Sobel, and Ken Sobel offer not only the structure and history of psychology but also explain such concepts through relatable examples and common experiences.

As students study this text, they will learn about the tools of modern psychology, the role of biological systems in shaping behavior, how the brain makes sense of the world, how they change and mature throughout their lifespans, how behavior affects their understanding of their environments, what creates personality, the differences between thinking and intelligence, what defines normal and abnormal behaviors, how to treat abnormal behaviors, and the dynamics of social environments. Students studying this text will build a foundation for further studies in psychology and for better understanding themselves and others.


Features of the Book

  • Concept Recall

Concept Recall boxes are located after the conclusion of each main section. They allow students to actively review the concepts just discussed through open-ended short response questions that may be used during lecture, in small groups, or individually.

  • This is Psychology

Throughout each chapter, This is Psychology boxes appear in conjunction with main theories and conceptual elements. Using contemporary examples from movies, social media, and common experiences, the authors elucidate psychological elements in a conversational writing style.



Table of Contents

  1. Understanding Psychology
  2. Science of Behavior
  3. Biopsychology
  4. Sensation and Perception
  5. Development Through the Lifespan
  6. Learning and Behavior
  7. Memory
  8. Thinking and Intelligence
  9. Personality
  10. Abnormal Psychology
  11. Therapies
  12. Social Psychology