Psychology, 3rd Edition, High School Edition © 2023

Psychology, 3rd Edition, published by Pearson, celebrates the fascinating field of psychology–its science, its history, its mysteries, its applications–by focusing on today’s students.

  • Flexible, learner-centered approach that meets national standards and incorporates the latest thinking and diagnostics
  • Contemporary examples from news stories and pop culture
  • Updated citations, figures, photos, references, research, and data for currency, accuracy, and relevancy
  • Accompanied by Pearson’s MyLab® platform with eText

Psychology Program with Digital Integration

Psychology 3rd Edition turns a complex subject into an approachable curriculum that students can connect to their lives.


Up-to-Date Psychology Curriculum

This new edition aligns with the new standards created by the APA and recognizes the updated DSM-5 as the primary reference for making diagnostic judgments.


Flexible Pedagogy

Psychology 3rd Edition offers shorter chapters, so teachers can better determine how to lead their students through the material based on the class’s performance and needs.


Integrated Program

The textbook and online platform provide rich visuals and compelling ideas to work through so students stay engaged throughout the school year.

High School Psychology Teaching Solutions

  • Chapter Opening Prologues
  • Updated Modules
  • Integrated Media Program
  • Key Terms

Chapter Opening Prologues

  • Engage Students
    Written to engage students from the get-go
  • Built from Current Events
    Built from case studies or recent news events
  • Real-Life Connections
    Structured to connect real life with psychological concepts

Updated Modules

  • Flexibility
    Shorter chapters offer teachers more flexibility for their classes
  • New Module Structures
    New module structures help students achieve their learning goals
  • Aligned to APA Standards
    Revisions to the material align with the American Psychological Association’s National Standards

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  • Foster Classroom Discussion
    Updated textbook designed to encourage interest and foster discussion in the classroom
  • MyLab from Pearson
    MyLab online learning platform complements class instruction with rich media resources
  • Revised Content
    Includes reviewed and revised end-of-chapter tests, quizzes, and concept maps

Key Terms

  • Updates Support Learning
    Updated to support student learning with information, discussion, and examples
  • DSM-5
    Recognizes the DSM-5 as the primary reference for making diagnostic judgments

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Organized to align with the latest version of the American Psychological Association’s National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula, each chapter of the book is divided into shorter modules for flexibility in teaching and improved student learning.

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More About Psychology, 3rd Edition

  • William Elmhorst Author Bio

    William Elmhorst is a psychology teacher at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He received his Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and his Master of Science in Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Superior, Wisconsin.

    Will has been teaching Psychology for 24 years and is also a reader for the College Board’s AP Psychology exam. He served as the National Chair of the APA affiliate board TOPSS in 2009, has published several articles on best practices in teaching psychology, and has authored Pearson Education’s AP* Test Prep Series: AP Psychology workbook.

    Will also teaches an online Introduction to Psychology class for the University of Wisconsin Colleges. His research interests are diverse, and he is currently researching late 19th century science fiction, with a focus on psychology in the works of H. G. Wells. During time off from teaching, he enjoys travel with his sons and spending time outdoors.

  • Mary Spilis Author Bio

    Mary Spilis is a retired high school teacher of 31 years in Sylvania, Ohio. During her tenure as an educator, she taught Psychology I & II and AP Psychology. She served as Chair of TOPSS, a member committee of the American Psychological Association.

    Mary has received numerous accolades during her career, and is a recipient of the National High School Psychology Teacher of the Year (awarded by the American Psychological Association), Teacher of the Year (Sylvania City Schools), Outstanding Teacher award (Miami University). She is a designated Master Teacher of the National Science Foundation, and authored the Treatment Unit, a lesson plan designed specifically for high school psychology teachers.

    Mary has been a consultant for the College Board for more than 20 years, has served as a reader for the AP Psychology exam for many years, and continues to teach AP Psychology teachers at workshops throughout the country. She also served as the AP Psychology content editor for the 4th edition of AP Psychology (Prentice Hall).

  • Table of Contents

    Scientific Inquiry Domain

    • CHAPTER 1: The Science of Psychology
    • Module 1: Psychology: Historical Development and Perspectives
    • Module 2: Research Methods and Ethics
    • Module 3: Statistics

    Biopsychology Domain

    • CHAPTER 2: The Biological Perspective
    • Module 4: The Nervous System
    • Module 5: The Brain
    • Module 6: Heredity, Environment, and Adaptation
    • CHAPTER 3: Sensation and Perception
    • Module 7: Sensation
    • Module 8: Perception
    • CHAPTER 4: Consciousness
    • Module 9: Sleep and Dreams
    • Module 10: Hypnosis and Drugs

    Developmental and Learning Domain

    • CHAPTER 5: Development Across the Life Span
    • Module 11: Topics in Development
    • Module 12: Prenatal, Infant, and Childhood Development
    • Module 13: Adolescence and Adulthood
    • CHAPTER 6: Learning and Language Development
    • Module 14: Classical Conditioning
    • Module 15: Operant Conditioning
    • Module 16: Cognitive Learning and Observational Learning
    • Module 17: Language
    • CHAPTER 7: Social Psychology
    • Module18: Social Influence
    • Module 19: Social Cognition
    • Module 20: Social Interaction

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