Three Texts at Two Levels

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 145–146. Reviews the books, Psychology (3rd ed.) by Carole Wade and Carol Tavris (1993); Introduction to Psychology (3rd ed.) by James W. Kalat (1993); and Introduction to Psychology (3rd ed.) by Rod Plotnik (1993). These three texts, all in their third editions, are similar in many ways. They are quite comparable in length and organization. All three begin with an introduction to psychology, to activities performed by psychologists, and to research methods. They continue with coverage of the biological bases of behavior and then progress to sensation and perception. Plotnik and Wade and Tavris then address learning, thinking, and feeling, but Kalat covers development before covering those topics. The final block of material dealing with personality, stress, health behavior, disorders and their treatments, and social psychology is comparable in the three books. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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