Daniel L. Schacter

Testimonials


Adam Goodie, University of Georgia – This text goes above and beyond in encouraging readers to think about the material in as many ways as possible, from as many perspectives as possible, each reader with as much originality as possible.

Tonya Nascimento, University of West Florida -- Wow. I am impressed with all the supplemental and immersive material. Due to my creative writing background and the freshmen level of the students (i.e., new to the field and not necessarily planning to pursue it), I like the "other voices" idea. I also think the emphasis on interpreting data through "data visualizations" is important because this ability is often needed in later courses and perhaps not taught as a foundation. The emphasis on prep for the MCAT can motivate a portion of students who may not have thought of that. I do not use APA outcomes, but I appreciate the scaffolding built into the text. I do emphasize practical application, so that aspect is especially appealing.

Evan Jordan, Oklahoma State University -- I really like the inclusions of "Hot Science" and "A World of Difference" [features]. Extra research presented in a meaningful way where the students know how this psychological study/concept is actually affecting something specific in the real world is extremely important.

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I think a good textbook is one that helps students master the material. If there is some relevant Canadian connection to make the content more meaningful, then great. I find textbooks that are "Canadianized" with a sprinkling of random Canadian trivia to be far less compelling and useful; I predict students feel the same way. I think your text strikes a great balance.
Veronica Stinson, Saint Mary’s University

I think their [the authors’] approach is exactly the way a textbook should be. In this way, students will be more likely to read it and also more likely to remember it!
Karen McDonald, Saint Mary’s University 

The way that most things are written in this text flows extremely well. There is an enormous amount of examples that tie the story together, and this increases the readability of the text.  My goal in teaching Intro Psychology is to make students realize how relevant psychology is to their understanding of themselves and to the world around them. The way this text is written definitely helps with this. This textbook is one of the least "dry" texts I have seen.
Kimberly Burton, Marianopolis College 

Overall, I very much appreciate the balanced presentation of empirical findings in the text.
Stephanie Griffiths, Okanagan College 

I think your intelligence section is fantastic, you explain h2 well, address the complexities of changing IQ over age and historical time as well as the role of SES and education.  Great job on a complicated and sensitive topic!
Jill Atkinson, Queen’s College 

No text can be all things to all people, but I find this text to be particularly well-written, authoritative, and conducive to critical thinking (as compared with other intro texts I have used).
Stephanie Griffiths, Okanagan College

I am especially excited about the sections that show just how important the readers (students) are to the authors. The Chapter 7 section on learning in the classroom - fantastic. The "other voices" and "changing minds" sections, likewise wonderful, because of their content and how they showcase psychology as a diverse and robust field.
Stephanie Griffiths, Okanagan College
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William Neace, Lindsey Wilson College: The addition of a data visualization activity is wonderful! I have tried to do something similar in the past but didn’t have the appropriate resources to present it as well as I have seen in the preview given above. I am excited to incorporate such activities in future semesters! Excellent addition!!
 
Donald Tellinghuisen, Calvin College: This book has a greater depth of coverage across chapters.
 
Susan Troy, Northeast Iowa Community College: When I asked if I could review this text, I was sent a huge box, with not only the text, but the most comprehensive test bank I’d ever seen from a publishing company, six CDs filled with film clip support, and comprehensive presentation software. I was also familiar with and wanted to incorporate the online PsychSIM tutorials with whatever text I was using and the tutorials correlated beautifully with the text.

Sarah Marsh, Minnesota State University: Being trained in School Psychology, I have a strong interest in multiculturalism. I am excited that this textbook addresses a variety of cultural issues within its chapters, and that this information is applicable to everyday life.

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