Psychology david myers 9th edition study guide
Social Psychology by David G. MyersOy vey. This textbook is dense. It made me feel dense. And I dont mean because the concepts are so deep. I mean that the pages are HUGE, the typeface is small, and Myers must pack seventy researcher names into every paragraph. Seriously uninteresting presentation of some very interesting concepts.
The textbook is not so well organized. There is a chapter table of contents at the beginning of each chapter, but each chapters ends with an op-ed piece by Myers on how we as students can make the world a warm and fuzzy place if we use the concepts learned in the chapter. A nice gesture, but after reading 40 pages (of what turns out to be about 70 pages of information if the book was not over-sized), the only thing I want to apply is a cold compress to my aching head and some icy-hot to my sore shoulders.
Myers also inexplicably interrupts the concepts of Prejudice, Aggression, and Helping with a chapter on Attraction and Liking. I would put Attraction and Liking before the chapter on Persuasion, but what do I know? Im just an undergrad.
Myers literally strings together four or five research studies in a paragraph, which itself might not be so problematic if I didnt then also have a professor who felt the need to randomly select any of the hundreds of cited studies as fair game on his tests. If there are more than two names in a set of parentheses, I have skipped over the whole group of names. If there are a series of parenthetical pairs containing multiple names, I have forgotten what the paragraph was about. But then, thats the APA style, isnt it?
Regardless of my professors issues, I feel like Myers just wanted to make sure he didnt slight anyone. Im guessing the world of Social Psychology isnt huge and leaving someone out could mean political turmoil within the discipline (thus lists and lists of names in parentheses). But, that shouldnt have to be my problem as a student. Give me the info I need, and pick one or two representative studies that illustrate why that theory was reinforced or debunked. I dont need the names of every researcher who ever thought about the topic. Seriously, do you think I remember even half of those names? Not helpful.
I did like the index. The glossary is mixed in to the index instead of being a separate section. There is also a comprehensive list of the names of cited researches which is, of course, exhaustive.
This textbook was so boring it makes the baby Jesus cry.
The CD-ROM was useless. I was hoping for some concept-checks and practice tests, but instead it just contains audio and/or video of interviews with researchers that are already verbatim in insets in the textbook (again, more of Myers academic star-f***ing I think). There was some helpful info on the website that is listed on the back of the textbook, however. That is where the chapter summaries and practice tests are. I highly recommend the web site as a study aid.
Also, the Study Guide that accompanies the textbook (if you bought it as a package) is helpful.
Unit 2 Myers' Psychology for AP
Psychology 9th Edition, Myers
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