Title Own Your Psychology Major!
Subtitle A Guide to Student Success
Author Glenn Geher
ISBN 9781433830662
List price USD 21.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 136
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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Congratulations on declaring your psychology major! Psychology is among the most popular majors in college today yet, it’s possible that you chose it without realizing how very broad and technical the field is. Not to worry. In this book, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the whole curriculum, from rat mazes and statistics to abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, and you’ll dive into some of the field’s most enduring debates.

Beyond the what and why of the psychology major, this book provides you with tips you can put into practice from day one. These include:

  • How to maximize your learning inside and outside the classroom
  • Advice on landing a solid internship
  • Where to find research and service opportunities
  • Steps for applying (and paying) for graduate programs

When you finish this book, you’ll have a clear idea of why you’re learning what you’re learning, and how the skills you build in your psychology major will help you solve real-world problems. You’ll be able to take an active hand in your education–and own your psychology major.


Preface: A Note for Advisors and Instructors


A Note to Students


I. Ethical and Social Responsibility: How to Use Psychology to Make the World a Better Place

Chapter 1 • What the Pros Hope You Will Learn in Your Psychology Major: Five Goals From the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major

Chapter 2 • Making a Difference: How the Psychology Curriculum Cultivates Ethical and Socially Responsible Leadership


II. Knowledge Base: The Content of Psychology

Chapter 3 • The Broad Nature of Psychology Content: How Do These Different Topics Relate to Each Other?

Chapter 4 • Human Diversity and Human Universality: How We Are All the Same and How We Are All Unique

Chapter 5 • Multifactorial Causation of Behavior: A Fact of Psychology


III. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

Chapter 6 • Psychology Is a Real Science: Part I. The Many Joys of Statistics

Chapter 7• Psychology Is a Real Science: Part II. Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences


IV. Advanced Research as a Psychology Student

Chapter 8 • Rolling Up Your Sleeves: Collaborating on Research Projects

Chapter 9 • Telling the World: Presenting Psychological Research Findings


V. Professional Development: Internships, Graduate Programs, and Careers

Chapter 10 • How to Land (and Get the Most Out of) an Internship

Chapter 11• Thinking About Careers and Graduate School

Chapter 12 • Cheat Sheet for Owning Your Psychology Major


About the Author


About the Author:

Glenn Geher, PhD, is a professor of psychology and founding director of evolutionary studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Glenn has taught several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including statistics, social psychology, and evolutionary psychology and has won the New Paltz Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, along with a Chancellor’s Award for both Teaching and Research Excellence from SUNY. He also served as the chair of the Psychology Department at SUNY New Paltz for 8 years. First and foremost, Glenn is a teacher, and his primary goal is to educate and support his students and work to facilitate their success as they develop across their careers. Glenn’s publications generally address two broad themes: the interface of human mating and cognitive processes (mating intelligence) and the state of evolutionary psychology within the landscape of academia. Among his publications are the book Evolutionary Psychology 101, published by Springer, and edited books published with Nova Publishers (Measuring Emotional Intelligence) and Erlbaum (Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind’s Reproductive System, coedited with Geoffrey Miller). He is coauthor of Mating Intelligence Unleashed (with Scott Barry Kaufman, published by Oxford University Press) and Straightforward Statistics: Understanding the Tools of Research (with Sara Hall, published by Oxford University Press).


Glenn has appeared in such media venues as BBC World Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, Al Jazeera English, HuffPo Live, WAMC/NPR, NPR Wisconsin, AM 770 Calgary, and more. His work has appeared in such print and digital media as Scientific American Mind, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Nature, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, as well as Yahoo News, Elle, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Men’s Health. Glenn is credited as the founder of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society and is well known for his evolution-themed blog for Psychology Today (“Darwin’s Subterranean World”). Glenn lives in a house in the woods on the fringes of New Paltz, NY, with his wife, Kathy, and their two children, Megan and Andrew, and several pets. They have a lot of fun together!


Target Audience:

This book is intended for students and academicians of Psychology.

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