Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Lead Author(s): Meaghan Altman

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Introduction to Psychology presents the material such as methods, memory and states of consciousness in an engaging way. As a result, students will be able to understand and synthesize the content better. This book is written with the principles that underlie learning and memory - the goal is to provide an exciting experience for students to help them retain information in the long term.

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Comparison of Introduction to Psychology Textbooks

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Top Hat

Meghan Altman, Introduction to Psychology, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Ciccarelli & White, Psychology, 5th Edition

Macmillan

David Myers, Exploring Psychology, 12th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Laura King, Experience Psychology, 3rd Edition

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

$226

Hardcover print text only

$236

Hardcover print text only

$144

Loose-leaf print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Content meets standard for Introduction to Psychology course, and is updated with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources

Only available with supplementary resources

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

Meghan Altman, Introduction to Psychology, Only One Edition needed

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

Pearson

Ciccarelli & White, Psychology, 5th Edition

$226

Hardcover print text only

Macmillan

David Myers, Exploring Psychology, 12th Edition

$236

Hardcover print text only

McGraw-Hill

Laura King, Experience Psychology, 3rd Edition

$144

Loose-leaf print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

Meghan Altman, Introduction to Psychology, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Ciccarelli & White, Psychology, 5th Edition

Macmillan

David Myers, Exploring Psychology, 12th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Laura King, Experience Psychology, 3rd Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

Meghan Altman, Introduction to Psychology, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Ciccarelli & White, Psychology, 5th Edition

Macmillan

David Myers, Exploring Psychology, 12th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Laura King, Experience Psychology, 3rd Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

Meghan Altman, Introduction to Psychology, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Ciccarelli & White, Psychology, 5th Edition

Macmillan

David Myers, Exploring Psychology, 12th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Laura King, Experience Psychology, 3rd Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

Meghan Altman, Introduction to Psychology, Only One Edition needed

Pearson

Ciccarelli & White, Psychology, 5th Edition

Macmillan

David Myers, Exploring Psychology, 12th Edition

McGraw-Hill

Laura King, Experience Psychology, 3rd Edition

About this textbook

Lead Authors

Dr. Meaghan AltmanPurdue University

Dr. Meaghan Altman received a PhD from Purdue University in learning and memory. She brings almost 10 years of classroom teaching experience, and has been nominated for various awards for her interactive teaching style as a lecturer at UC Merced.

Contributing Authors

Lora JacobiStephen F. Austin State University

Brett BestonUniversity of Toronto- Mississauga

Kwame BrownHampton University

Angela LukowskiUniversity of California, Irvine

John HummelUniversity of North Georgia

Hillary WeheArmstrong State University

Bernardo CarducciIndiana University- Southeast

Stephanie PoplockSUNY Oneonta

Joshua VanArsdallElmhurst College

Melissa SwisherPurdue University

Thomaseo BurtonUniversity of Tennessee

John VervaekeUniversity of Toronto- St. George

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Welcome to Top Hat's Introduction to Psychology!

Hi there! Welcome to Top Hat's interactive Introduction to Psychology text! We hope you will have a great experience with this course and our text. To start, we would like to introduce you to some of our features so that you are comfortable with your new textbook.

Among the things you will frequently encounter in our texts are embedded questions. Depending on your professor, these may be graded for participation or correctness. There are six types of questions we have to offer, plus discussion style questions. Let's take a look at one of each:

1) Multiple Choice: Simply click on the correct answer and then click "Submit". If there is more than one correct answer, it will be specified in the question.

Multiple Choice Example

Which of the following is not part of the scientific method?

A

Hypothesis

B

Gathering information

C

Analysing data

D

Soldering


2) Word Answer: Just type your answer into the textbox and click "Submit".

Word Answer Example

This is a textbook written about ______________.


3) Numeric Answer: As the name suggests, these questions require an answer that is a number.

Numeric Answer Example

Which year was the DSM-5 originally published?


4) Matching Question: Click on an item in the left-hand column, and then click on its match in the right-hand column to align them.  The remaining options in the right-hand column will reshuffle. 

Matching Example

Match each neurotransmitter with its function.

Premise
Response
1

Dopamine

A

Elevation / depression of mood

2

Serotonin

B

Learning and movement

3

Glutamate

C

Learning reward and pleasure


5) Click on Target Question: These questions will be accompanied by an image. You must click on the correct part of the picture. Sometimes, multiple clicks will be allowed. Often you will find that the images in these questions will have "hotspots" or targets on them. Make sure when you submit your answer that your selection is over the hotspot so you get credit if your answer is correct.

Click on Target Example

Click on the occipital lobe.


6) Sorting Question: Drag the options into the proper order.

Sorting Question Example

Sort these psychologists in chronological order by date of birth.

A

William James

B

Edward B. Titchener

C

Wilhelm Wundt


7) Discussion Question: These are typed responses that are submitted and read by the professor. 

Discussion Question Example

What are the consequences of groupthink?


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Text Reference

Altman, M., Jacobi, L., Beston, B., Brown, K., Burton, E.T., Carducci, B., Hummel, J., Lukowski, A., Martinez, R., Poplock, S., Slonecker, E., Swisher, M., VanArsdall, J., Vervaeke, J., & Wehe, H. (2017). Introduction to Psychology: A Top Hat Interactive Text.  Top Hat Monocle.  Available from https://tophat.com/marketplace/beta/oer-introduction-to-psychology-meaghan-altman/737/

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