School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–“This compact psychology book focuses on the science of human behavior, with an emphasis on issues relevant to teens. The text looks at how the brain plays a role in human behavior and how this knowledge can help readers “stay emotionally healthy.” . . .Rubini handles the intricacies of the complex subject matter admirably. . . .Copious sidebars provide additional details and questions for deeper discussion, as well as multimedia content accessible via QR codes. Bright cartoon art in each chapter adds a lighter element to the subject matter. VERDICT Recommended for larger teen collections, particularly school libraries and collections where curricular support for students studying psychology is desired.”
Praise for Human Movement also in the Inquire & Investigate series
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“A completely engaging narrative connecting cells, tissues, organs, and body systems to diverse fields beyond biology ranging from physics to energy transfer. The text is a unique combination of comic inserts, textual information, factual sidebars, vocab and inquiry labs, as well as QR codes linking the reader immediately to additional research information, games, and videos.”
Detailed Book Description
Psychology: Why We Smile, Strive, and Sing introduces students to the science behind behavior. From the developing teenage brain to genetics, psychology, and social environments, readers ages 12 to 15 gain a greater understanding of the complexities behind human behavior.
Why does one person react to test anxiety by studying harder while another person gives up? As with all other behavior, the answer depends on many things: genetics, cultural and family expectations, previous behaviors, and a person’s own blend of attitudes and values. Human behavior is a fascinating subject to study because it’s all about our own social-emotional development and what we do in response to certain stimuli. Hands-on STEM activities, interesting trivia, and links to primary sources, videos, and other relevant websites engage kids beyond the text for a deeper learning experience.
Try these hands-on science projects!
- Research risk levels
- Model neuron and synapse behavior
- Measure your smartphone stress
- Experiment with conformity
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What Is Human Psychology?
Behavior and the Brain
The Teenage Brain
Genes, Environment, and Behavior
The People Around You
Flocking Together: Behavior in Groups
When Bad Stuff Happens
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind