Introductory Psychology: Interest and Content

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 83–85. Reviews the books, Psychology by Margaret W. Matlin (1992); Understanding Psychology (3rd ed.) by Robert S. Feldman (1993); and Psychology (2nd ed.) by Lester M. Sdorow (1993). All three texts include a number of supplements instructor's manuals, test item files, and visual aids. Feldman includes the unique supplement of a monthly newsletter titled Update, which may be helpful. The most important supplement is the student Study Guide. All three texts considered are accompanied by well-designed and integrated Study Guides. The Study Guide that accompanies the Matlin text appears better able to generate student interest. All three of these texts make extensive use of illustrations to present and clarify material. The three introductory psychology texts considered here have achieved their goal of being easily read and understood by the majority of Students. They have also included personal and socially relevant material to make them interesting. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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