Psychology in Everyday Life

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Macmillan, Oct 17, 2008 - Psychology - 416 pages
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Why take psychology? What makes psychology a science?  Can it really help me understand my feelings and behaviors? Or how I get along with family and friends? Now from the world's foremost author for the introductory psychology classroom comes a new textbook that makes learning about the psychology of our lives a captivating experience for students at all levels.

Carried by the author's acclaimed empathetic voice, Psychology in Everyday Life is David Myers' most inviting text to date. This new book represents a breakthrough in the interplay of text and visuals, yet, as always, provides a rich source of scientific insights into the lives we live. Any student, regardless of age or background, will find it a text that speaks directly to him or her, and will embrace it not just for its grade-raising potential, but for its revelations about what makes a person a stronger student, a more tuned-in friend or partner, a more effective worker, or a wiser parent.

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About the author (2008)

After growing up in Seattle, David Myers spent his years at Whitworth College as a pre-med chemistry major. David worked summers in a hospital, took the medical college admissions test, and half completed his medical school applications before doing what so many students do: He changed his mind. With fond memories of the one psychology course he had taken David took several more psychology courses during his senior year and was then welcomed by the University of Iowa. Since receiving his doctorate, David has spent his career in Michigan at a college called Hope. He has taught dozens of introductory psychology sections and students have invited him to be their commencement speaker and voted him “outstanding professor.” With support from National Science Foundation grants, David began his career doing research on the effects of group discussion, which led to articles appearing in more than two dozen scientific journals. Gradually, he transitioned to reporting on psychological science for students and the general public. In addition to his scholarly writing and his introductory and social psychology textbooks, he has also written for several dozen magazines and newspapers, and has authored general audience books on topics such as happiness, hearing loss, sexual orientation, and intuition. David has chaired his city's Human Relations Commission, helped found a thriving assistance center for families in poverty, and spoken to hundreds of college and community groups. As a person with hearing loss, he writes and speaks in support of assistive listening technology that can broadcast public address and TV sound wirelessly to hearing aids (see bikes to work year-round and is typically the most “experienced” player in his daily noontime pick-up basketball games. David and Carol Myers have raised two technology professional sons and a daughter who is a health educator in South Africa.

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