Psychology, 4th Australian and New Zealand Edition

ISBN: 9780730315490

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Lorelle Burton’s newest text is the leading resource for first-year psychology students. Endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society, Psychology will not only provide you with the knowledge you need to pass your introductory course, but will also become a go-to text throughout your psychology degree. Building on the success of the award-winning previous editions, Psychology 4th Edition now features: iStudy with CyberPsych, comprehensive coverage of local and international data, research and examples in the dynamic field of psychology, and coverage of cross-cultural and indigenous psychology, a key requirement for the professional accreditation of psychology degrees.


  • 25% more Australian and New Zealand content (examples, statistics, and research) throughout the text.
  • Concept Maps open each chapter, outlining the key psychological topics and concepts to be explored
  • Scene setters introduce the themes of each chapter by providing a real world example
  • Central Questions pose the underlying questions relevant to the psychological issues being discussed, and are revisited at the end of each chapter
  • Interim Summaries facilitate understanding of the material by regularly reinforcing key aspects of psychological theory during each chapter
  • From Brain to Behaviour is an extended discussion of a particular issue, showing how psychology is situated between the nervous system and our cultural experience
  • Global Vistas use cross cultural studies to explore psychological phenomena from people with different ethnic backgrounds
  • New and updated Commentary boxed features in each chapter by leading academics providing greater insight on topical issues.
  • New and updated One Step Further boxed features in each chapter by leading academics provide more advanced coverage of specific topics.
  • Making Connections shows how elements of the psychology discipline fit together, by providing cross referenced links to topics between chapters
  • Apply and Discuss questions throughout each chapter encourages critical thinking by applying theory to a real life situation
  • Ethical Dilemmas stimulate critical thinking by providing students with examples of potentially challenging situations commonly faced in psychology
  • End of Chapter Review, Discussion, and Application Questions are provided, with suggested answers to the application questions provided at the back of the text for self-study.
Lorelle Burton is Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Lorelle is a fully registered psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She commenced full-time teaching in 1996, with her primary areas of interest including foundation psychology and individual differences. Lorelle’s passion for teaching psychology has been recognised with a number of teaching excellence awards, both locally and nationally. She received the USQ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001, and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Faculty of Sciences in 2005 and 2006. In 2004, she was awarded the 2004 Pearson Education and APS Psychology Early Career Teaching Award, and in 2006 she received a Carrick Australian Award for Teaching Excellence (Social Sciences) and a Carrick Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. One of the keys to Lorelle’s success as a teacher is her commitment to developing innovative approaches to course design and delivery. She is deeply committed to the quality of learning experiences and the success of her students, and has passionately embraced new technologies as a means of creating exciting, interesting and meaningful learning environments.

Drew Westen is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. He received his BA at Harvard University, an MA in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex (England) and his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he subsequently taught for six years. While at the University of Michigan, he was honoured two years in a row by the Michigan Daily as the best teaching professor at the university, and was the recipient of the first Golden Apple Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. More recently, he was selected as a G. Stanley Hall Lecturer by the American Psychological Association. Drew is an active researcher who is on the editorial boards of multiple journals, including Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Psychological Assessment and the Journal of Personality Disorders. His major areas of research are personality disorders, eating disorders, emotion regulation, implicit processes, psychotherapy effectiveness and adolescent psychopathology. His series of videotaped lectures on abnormal psychology, called Is Anyone Really Normal?, was published by the Teaching Company, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. Drew also provides psychological commentaries on political issues for All Things Considered on National Public Radio.

Robin Kowalski is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Clemson University. She received her BA at Furman University, an MA in General Psychology at Wake Forest University and her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Robin spent the first 13 years of her career at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. While there, she received the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the University Teaching-Research Award. She came to Clemson in 2003, where she has received the College of Business and Behavioral Science Under- graduate Teaching Excellence Award, the Board of Trustee’s Award for Faculty Excellence and the National Scholar’s Mentoring Award. She is also an active researcher who served on the editorial board for the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. She has written or edited nine books and has published in many professional journals, including Psychological Bulletin and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Robin has two primary research interests. The first focuses on aversive interpersonal behaviours, specifically cyber bullying and complaining. Her research on complaining has received international attention, including an appearance on NBC’s Today Show.

Chapter 1 Psychology: The study of mental processes and behaviour
Chapter 2 Research methods in psychology
Chapter 3 Biological bases of mental life and behaviour
Chapter 4 Sensation and perception
Chapter 5 Consciousness
Chapter 6 Learning
Chapter 7 Memory
Chapter 8 Thought and Language
Chapter 9 Intelligence
Chapter 10 Motivation and emotion
Chapter 11 Personality
Chapter 12 Physical and cognitive development
Chapter 13 Social development
Chapter 14 Health, stress, and coping
Chapter 15 Psychological disorders
Chapter 16 Treatment of psychological disorders
Chapter 17 Attitudes and social cognition
Chapter 18 Interpersonal processes
Chapter 19 Cross-cultural and indigenous psychology
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