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Essentials of Psychology - Vantage Learning Platform

Essentials of Psychology - Vantage Learning Platform

December 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc
About Essentials of Psychology

Recipient of the 2024 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) Most Promising New Textbook Award
This award recognizes excellence in 1st edition textbooks and learning materials.

Psychology exists all around us. It influences politics, policy, social interactions, teaching and learning science, and even workplace practices. In Essentials of Psychology, authors Saul Kassin, Gregory J. Privitera, and Krisstal D. Clayton propel students into a clear, vibrant understanding of psychological science with an integrative, learn-by-doing approach. Students assume the role of a psychologist, carrying out experiments; and making predictions. Compelling storytelling, real-life examples, and the authors’ active practice approach encourages critical thinking and engagement.

About Essentials of Psychology - Vantage Learning Platform


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Essentials of Psychology propels students into a clear, vibrant understanding of psychological science with an integrative learn-by-doing approach, inspiring them to see the ways in which psychology is reflected in the world all around us. Essentials of Psychology - Vantage Learning Platform delivers the trusted content from Saul Kassin, Gregory J. Privitera, and Krisstal D. Clayton’s text on Sage Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that features auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including assignable video—all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. It offers easy course setup and enables students to better prepare for class. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative.

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Student Success Guide
Moments in Psychology Around the World
Chapter 1. Psychology and Its Methods
Chapter 2. Behavioral Neuroscience
Chapter 3. Sensation and Perception
Chapter 4. Consciousness
Chapter 5. Learning
Chapter 6. Memory
Chapter 7. Thought, Language, and Intelligence
Chapter 8. Personality
Chapter 9. Life Span Development and Its Contents
Chapter 10. Social and Cultural Influences
Chapter 11. Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 12. Health, Stress, and Wellness
Chapter 13. Psychological Disorders
Chapter 14. Treatment and Interventions
Appendix. Statistics in Psychology


Instructor Resources

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LMS cartridge included with this title for use in Blackboard, Canvas, Brightspace by Desire2Learn (D2L), and Moodle

The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS). These resources include: 
Test banks 
Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides 
Sample course syllabi 
Lecture notes 
Instructor’s manual 
All tables and figures from the textbook  

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Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.

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Penn State Scranton

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Boise State University
Key features


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Pedagogical Scaffolding
Builds on core concepts, moving students from basic understanding to mastery.

Confidence Builder
Offers frequent Knowledge Checks, applied-learning multimedia tools (including assignable video with assessment), and chapter quizzes with focused feedback to ensure students know key concepts.

eReading Experience
Makes it easy for students to learn by presenting content in easy-to-digest chunks accompanied by frequent Knowledge Checks. The eReader also features notetaking, highlighting, definition look-up, and other helpful reading tools.

Assignments and Measurement Made Simple
Feeds auto-graded assignments to your gradebook, with real-time insight into student and class performance. The highly visual reports show if your students are struggling and where they need the most help.

LMS Integration
Saves you time by giving you access to all course materials from one location. SAGE Vantage can integrate with your LMS providing Single Sign-On (SSO) and gradebook integration.

Simple Course Setup and Management
Enables you to set up your course in just 3 steps—so fast you can complete it in minutes! Additionally, instructor control over assignments, content selection, due dates, and grading supports the way you choose to teach.

Quality Content
Written by expert authors and teachers you trust, content is not sacrificed for technical features.

Student Dashboard
Offers a highly visual student dashboard for easy access to grades, so students know exactly where they stand in your course and where they might improve.

Greater Value and Choice
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Easy to access across mobile, desktop, and tablet devices, SAGE Vantage enables students to engage with the material you choose, learn by applying knowledge, and soar with confidence by performing better in your course


What’s Your Prediction? activities
prompt students to critically consider research methods and their own assumptions about human behavior. Students take on the role of subject, experimenter, or observer, placing themselves into the details of each study and predicting results. 

Psychology Applied spotlights some of the most exciting work being done in areas of health, education, law, sports, and current events, enabling students to see the relevance of psychology as an active participant.

Bite-sized videos support understanding and the applications of foundational studies and concepts.

Psychology Experiment Exercises allows students to learn about experiments such as Gibson’s Visual Cliff and Bandura’s social learning theory, helping them understand the real-world significance and application of these well-known experiments.

Concepts in Action dig deeper into tough concepts, such as differentiating between classical and operant conditioning, difficult biological functions, and types of stress.

Try This! activities guide students through mini-experiments so that they can test intriguing psychological phenomena for themselves. For instance, the “Primacy Effect” activity provides materials to test how something as simple as the order of words can impact our attitudes toward a stranger. 

Periodic Learning Checks in each chapter enable students to review their knowledge by quizzing themselves on the material in a variety of formats, such as matching, sorting, recall, ordering, multiple-choice, and true-or-false.

Thinking Like a Psychologist sections at the end of each chapter prompt students to assume the role of psychologist, considering scientific questions, a summary of related findings, challenging readers to critically consider key theories, studies, and pertinent contextual factors.

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