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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $108
  • January 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91276-0
  • 9.1 × 10.9 in / 880 pages
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Psychological Science

Fourth Edition


Michael Gazzaniga (Author, University of California, Santa Barbara), Todd Heatherton (Author, Dartmouth College), Diane Halpern (Author, Claremont McKenna College)


A text that applies what researchers and educators have discovered about how, where, and why students learn. The result: science made accessible.

The authors introduce students to the fundamentals of psychology and the latest cutting-edge research through a pedagogical framework designed to keep students engaged, motivated, and learning actively. Pedagogy based on the science of learning encourages time-on-task while facilitating long-term retention. The fourth edition introduces “Psychology: Knowledge You Can Use” boxes. Each of these new features shows students the immediate utility of a main concept discussed in the particular chapter. By applying the science of learning and making connections to students’ everyday lives, Psychological Science, Fourth Edition, addresses how, where, and why students learn.


Pedagogy Designed for How Students Learn

The framework of every chapter in the text and of the online homework that accompanies it is based on research-supported science of learning initiatives. Coauthor Diane Halpern, visual consultant Richard Mayer, and SmartWork author Sarah Grison have applied their extensive knowledge about the science of learning throughout the text and media of Psychological Science, Fourth Edition.

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NEW SmartWork Online Homework for Psychology

Learning and assessment scholar Sarah Grison (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and her hand-picked team of educational psychologists offer SmartWork for Psychological Science. Answer-specific feedback addresses the path that a student took to reach an incorrect answer, guiding the student back on track with immediate constructive feedback. The questions in SmartWork are built around the same concept maps as the textbook and reinforce the same Learning Objectives. SmartWork also uses the same art, providing a consistency between book and media. SmartWork’s sophisticated, clutter-free interface helps students focus on what’s important, while its integration with the text’s Learning Objectives and pedagogy ensure that text and media reinforce one another.

Resources Designed for Where Students Learn

StudySpace puts additional resources at students’ fingertips. These resources include Quiz+ Custom Study Plans, which direct students to appropriate review resources based on their quiz performances; flashcards; and chapter outlines. StudySpace is free and open – no password or registration code is required. Norton’s Online Psychology Labs (ZAPS) allow students to actively participate in classic and contemporary experiments and to interact with psychological phenomena. ZAPS employs a consistent four-part pedagogy and allows instructors to collect class data.

A Focus on Building Durable, Transferable Knowledge

“In the moment” applications address the question “What will students do with the information they learn?” In each chapter, Critical Thinking features and NEW Psychology: Knowledge You Can Use boxes perform two functions: They emphasize the relevance of concepts, and they ensure that students see the connections between what they learn and ways to use that information in their lives. The text’s narrative and supporting visual program help students think like psychologists, giving them deeper understandings of the dynamic work driving the field. SmartWork encourages information literacy by asking students to analyze data, charts, and graphs.

A Clear and Engaging Writing Style

Students should be focused on the concepts, not the reading itself. In the fourth edition of Psychological Science, chapter-opening vignettes are direct and dramatic, designed to engage students’ interest from the start. Chapters are up to 15% shorter than they were in the previous edition. Throughout the book, paragraphs are shorter, terminology is more straightforward, and sentences are streamlined. The already strong connections between the text and the art are even more explicit. If two examples were presented where one would suffice, we removed one.

A Cutting-Edge, Integrated Instructor Ancillary Package

In addition to an Instructor’s Manual and Student Study Guide, Psychological Science, Fourth Edition, has a full support package. Features of the package include premade or customizable PowerPoints; an extensively reviewed assessment package that reflects the Norton assessment guidelines and quality control; and a Psychology in the News DVD with over 140 video clips. To create this new ancillary package, we collected input from focus groups. Several participants in these focus groups became our ancillary authors.

    Chapter 1:  The Science of Psychology

    Chapter 2:  Research Methodology

    Chapter 3:  Biology and Behavior

    Chapter 4:  Sensation and Perception

    Chapter 5:  Consciousness

    Chapter 6:  Learning

    Chapter 7:  Attention and Memory

    Chapter 8:  Thinking and Intelligence

    Chapter 9:  Human Development

    Chapter 10:  Emotion and Motivation

    Chapter 11:  Health and Well-Being

    Chapter 12:  Social Psychology

    Chapter 13:  Personality

    Chapter 14:  Psychological Disorders

    Chapter 15:  Treatment of Psychological Disorders