Introduction to Psychological Science provides students with an accessible, comprehensive, and engaging overview of the field of scientific psychology. It expertly incorporates a variety of perspectives ranging from neuroscience to cultural perspectives at an introductory level.

Ray brings together cutting-edge research from traditional psychological literature to modern, evolving perspectives, and creates a unified approach by focusing on three core themes:

  • Behavior and Experience: an analysis of behavior and experiences observed across a variety of everyday life situations.
  • Neuroscience: an examination of psychological experiences through neuroscience lens ranging from genetic/epigenetic to cortical networks as related to psychology.
  • Evolutionary/Human Origins: an exploration of broader scientific questions by examining psychological processes from the perspective of human and cultural history.

Through these themes, the book delves into topics like social processes, psychopathology, stress and health, motivation and emotion, developmental sequences, and cognitive functions such as memory, learning, problem solving, and language. Throughout it helps students to understand the nature of psychological science by addressing common myths and misconceptions in psychology, showing how psychological science can be applied to everyday life and how new research can be created. Additionally, this student-friendly book is packed with pedagogical features, including "concept checks" to test reader knowledge, "extensions" features which show how to apply knowledge, and a comprehensive glossary.

Reflecting the latest APA Guidelines concerning the essential elements of an introductory psychology course, this text is core reading for all undergraduate introductory psychology students.

  1. Psychology: Historical Roots and Modern Approaches
  2. Scientific Psychology and Its Research Methods
  3. The Neuroscience of Behavior and Experience
  4. Developmental Processes
  5. Sensation and Perception
  6. Consciousness
  7. Memory
  8. Learning, Ethology, and Language Processes
  9. Cognition, Problem-Solving and Intelligence
  10. Motivation and Emotion
  11. Stress and Health
  12. Social Psychology
  13. Personality
  14. Psychological Disorders
  15. Treatment