Psychology: An Introduction

Written by: Russ Dewey

This free online introduction to psychology textbook is like two books in one. In Chapter Zero, the author tries to teach students how to learn. He says too many students fall into the trap of pure memorization without actual learning. The book is structured in such a way that students who truly read through the text, perhaps more than once, will do well on the exams. Granted, your mileage with that one may vary depending upon your instructor. But, I wholeheartedly endorse the concept. It was a part-time history teacher, who was a lawyer in ‘real life’ who taught me about the difference between defining something and understanding its significance.

The text was written by Russ Dewey, Ph.D. It is made available by an educator who has adopted it for his own courses – Mike Nielsen at Georgia Southern University and the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Dewey, like so many of the authors featured on The Free Textbook list, acknowledge the aid of students in creating their textbooks. Dr. Dewey estimates 20,000 of his students and 25 years of classroom experience led to the textbook we see today. Even if you are not a psychology student, his advice of  “read well and enjoy learning” is universal.

Chapters in Psychology: an Introduction

  • Chapter Zero: How to Study this Book
  • Pyschology and Science
  • The Human Nervous System
  • States of Consciousness
  • Senses and Perception
  • Conditioning
  • Memory
  • Cognition
  • Animal Behavior and Cognition
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Development
  • Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Therapies
  • Frontiers of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sex, Friendship, and Love

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Psychology: An Introduction

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