Top Psychology Textbooks


This webpage provides an up-to-date list of the top psychology textbooks.
Rankings are based upon the number of syllabi in which a psychology book has appeared since 2015 (source: opensyllabus.org).
The most recent edition of each book is provided.

1.  Exploring Psychology (10th Edition)

Author(s): David G. Myers, C. Nathan DeWall
Publication date: 2016-01-04
ISBN: 1464154074
ISBN-13: 9781464154072

The new edition of Exploring Psychology offers outstanding currency on the research, practice, and teaching of psychology. Myers and DeWall inspire students with fascinating findings and applications, effective new study tools and technologies, and a compassionate and compelling storytelling voice. Their presentation is based on the same guiding principles behind the entire family of textbooks that have made David Myers the world’s bestselling introductory psychology author:

  • Facilitate learning by teaching critical thinking and helping students at every step.
  • Present psychology as a science, emphasizing the process of inquiry and putting facts in the service of concepts.
  • Make sure students come away with an appreciation of psychology’s big ideas, and with a deeper respect for humanity—what drives us, distinguishes us, unifies us.

2.  Psychology (12th Edition)

Author(s): David G. Myers, C. Nathan DeWall
Publication date: 2017-11-10
ISBN: 131905062X
ISBN-13: 9781319050627

David Myers' bestselling Psychology has reached a wider audience of students and instructors with each new edition. Myers and his team lead the field in being attuned to psychology's research and the needs of the instructors and students in the course today. Ten million student class testers and thousands of adopting instructors can attest to the quality of this project.

3.  Psychology (5th Edition)

Author(s): Saundra K. Ciccarelli, J. Noland White
Publication date: 2016-10-14
ISBN: 0134477960
ISBN-13: 9780134477961

Throughout Psychology, Saundra Ciccarelli and J. Noland White employ a learner-centered, assessment-driven approach that maximizes student engagement, and helps educators keep students on track. The authors draw students into the discipline by showing how psychology relates to their own lives. Clear learning objectives, based on the recommended APA undergraduate learning outcomes, guide students through the material. And assessment tied to these learning objectives lets students check their understanding, while allowing instructors to monitor class progress and intervene when necessary to bolster student performance.

4.  Psychology (8th Edition)

Author(s): Sandra E. Hockenbury, Susan A. Nolan
Publication date: 2018-01-02
ISBN: 1319050638
ISBN-13: 9781319050634

This acclaimed classroom favorite makes the science of psychology (and through that, the process of science itself) come alive for students, with personal stories that exemplify important concepts in a student-friendly way, and with coverage of the field’s scientific foundations and advances that is accessible without being oversimplified.

The substantially updated new edition extends the book’s focus on developing scientific literacy in the context of psychology, with new features in print and in the book’s new online course space, LaunchPad. These features are the result of the book’s most dramatic addition—Sandra Hockenbury’s new writing partnership with co-author, Susan Nolan, who shares her belief that the introductory course can help all kinds of students develop a real understanding of psychology and lasting scientific literacy without sacrificing the field’s research core.

5.  Psychology in Action (12th Edition)

Author(s): Karen Huffman, Katherine Dowdell
Publication date: 2018-10-18
ISBN: 1119497809
ISBN-13: 9781119497806

Psychology in Actionis a comprehensive introductory psychology book that fosters active learning and provides a wealth of tools that empower students to master and make connections between the key concepts. Students will leave the classroom with a solid foundation in basic psychology that will serve them in their daily lives no matter what their chosen field of study and career path.

6.  The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View (4th Edition, Loose-Leaf)

Author(s): Laura A. King
Publication date: 2016-09-01
ISBN: 1259544370
ISBN-13: 9781259544378

The Science of Psychology helps students master the foundations of psychology while developing an appreciation for the entire discipline. The text helps students understand the functional side of Psychology, including why things go right and how to apply psychology to improve their day-to-day lives.

7.  Psychology: Themes and Variations (10th Edition)

Author(s): Wayne Weiten
Publication date: 2016-01-01
ISBN: 1305498208
ISBN-13: 9781305498204

Psychology: Themes and Variations, 10th Edition, is a fusion of the full-length and briefer versions that preceded it. The text continues to offer a superb thematic organization together with practical applications and examples that help students see beyond research to big-picture concepts. Often described as a challenging book that is easy to learn from, the book surveys psychology's broad range of content with three aims: to illuminate the process of research and its relationship to application, to show both the unity and diversity of psychology's subject matter, and to help students master the basic concepts and principles of psychology with as little struggle as possible. Weiten's themes provide unifying threads across chapters that help students to see the connections among different research areas in psychology. A dynamic, teaching-oriented illustration program -- including new color-coded Concept Charts -- further enhances these themes.

8.  Psychology in Everyday Life (4th Edition)

Author(s): David G. Myers, C. Nathan DeWall
Publication date: 2016-10-21
ISBN: 1319013732
ISBN-13: 9781319013738

David Myers' and Nathan DeWall’s best-selling and briefest introduction to psychology speaks to all students regardless of their background or level of preparedness, with no assumptions made in the vocabulary, examples, or presentation. Students of all kinds are comfortable with Myers' manageable chapters, which include careful connections to associated visuals, comparative tables, and research-based pedagogy.

Psychology in Everyday Life is a high quality and affordable resource for students of all levels. The text and accompanying LaunchPad have been heavily updated to reflect psychological science and students’ everyday lives today.

9.  Mastering the World of Psychology, Books a la Carte Edition (6th Edition)

Author(s): Samuel E. Wood, Ellen Green Wood, Denise Boyd
Publication date: 2017-04-09
ISBN: 0134584015
ISBN-13: 9780134584010

Mastering the World of Psychology provides students a solid introduction to the diverse field of psychology – and how it applies to their lives. Authors Samuel Wood, Ellen Green Wood, and Denise Boyd present theory and research in an engaging and accessible fashion, with plenty of opportunities for students to test their understanding and hone their critical-thinking skills. The Sixth Edition has been thoroughly updated and now incorporates several contemporary themes in order to give students an up-to-date view of the discipline.

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