Introduction to Psychology and Culture

Why Culture Matters (Second Edition)
Mia Palmer
©2021, 204 pages

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    Introduction to Psychology and Culture: Why Culture Matters helps students increase their multicultural competence by understanding how culture influences thoughts and behaviors. The anthology mixes carefully curated readings with inspirational quotes, tables, embedded video links, and personal reflection opportunities to create a text that not only provides rich content, but allows students to consider how new knowledge relates to and matters to them.

    An introduction outlines main concepts and pertinent research, and each article has been chosen for the quality of the research behind it. Highlights from authors’ writing on a specific topic have been compiled to demonstrate diverse perspectives. Personal experiences and vignettes have been included to exemplify and clarify specific concepts. Supplemental articles and documentaries allow readers to access additional information using QR codes and their smart devices. The second edition features a new, innovative chapter on the cultural influence of death and dying.

    Introduction to Psychology and Culture has been thoughtfully developed so the content is accessible and includes explanations and vocabulary presentation that supports English Language Learners. It is well suited to courses in cultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural psychology, as well as those in global awareness.

    Mia Palmer earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and her M.S. in psychology, with an emphasis in chemical dependency and substance abuse at California Coast University. Professor Palmer is an instructor at Mesa Community College in Arizona, where she teaches courses in introductory psychology, psychology and culture, the psychology of death and dying, and developmental and research statistics. Additionally, Professor Palmer has taught psychology and culture in the college's study abroad program to England, France, and Scotland.
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    “The Palmer Introduction to Psychology and Culture textbook is so student-friendly! I appreciate how Palmer was able to incorporate the most important concepts from different sources along with her personal commentary in this textbook. Students will no doubt be able to read and understand, but also enjoy learning about culture and psychology!”
    Ly T. L. Tran-Nguyen, Ph.D.
    Faculty, Psychological Science Department, Mesa Community College


    Culture is in a constant state of change. Globalization is a major contributor of those changes. Professor Mia Palmer’s textbook Introduction to Psychology and Culture sets the stage in addressing the change and many issues of Cultural Psychology. This textbook was selected by me when it was first released because of the excellent way it covers basic concepts and the ease in reading. My students have enjoyed the textbook. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is teaching an introduction course on Cultural Psychology.
    Van Dunham
    Professor of Psychology, Brigham Young University-Idaho