5 Steps to a 5: AP Psychology - McGraw Hill 2021


Because college textbooks are constantly being updated, copyright dates for these books are omitted. These are all books that are currently being used in AP Psychology classes by teachers whose students succeed on the exam. Make sure that resources you choose to use along with this test preparation book are updated with information from DSM-5 that was published in 2013. The books in this list are useful whenever you’d like to read more about a topic in the course.

Bernstein, Douglas A., Louis A. Penner, Alison Clarke-Stewart, and Edward J. Roy. Psychology. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Cacioppo, John, and Laura A. Freberg. Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Ciccarelli, Saudra K., and J. Noland White. Psychology, AP Edition. Boston: Pearson Education.

Davis, Stephen F., Joseph J. Palladino, and Kimberly Christopherson. Psychology. Boston: Pearson Education.

Feldman, Robert S. Understanding Psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Gazzaniga, Michael, Todd Heatherton, and Diane Halpern. Psychological Science. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Gleitman, Henry, James Gross, and Daniel Reisberg. Psychology. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Gray, Peter O., and David F. Bjorklund. Psychology. New York: Worth.

Hockenbury, Don, and Sandra Hockenbury. Discovering Psychology with DSM5 Update. New York: Worth.

Kalat, James W. Introduction to Psychology. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Morris, Charles G., and Albert A. Maisto. Understanding Psychology with DSM-5 Update. Boston: Pearson Education.

Myers, David G. Psychology with Updates on DSM-5. New York: Worth.

Nairne, James S. Psychology. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Plotnik, Rod, and Haig Kouyoumdjian. Introduction to Psychology. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Schacter, Daniel L., Daniel T. Gilbert, Daniel M. Wegner, and Matthew K. Nock. Psychology. New York: Worth.

Wade, Carole, Carol Tavris, and Maryanne Garry. Psychology with DSM-5 Update. Boston: Pearson Education.

Weiten, Wayne. Psychology: Themes and Variations. Wadsworth, Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Zimbardo, Philip G., Robert L. Johnson, Anne L. Weber, and Craig Gruber. Psychology: AP Edition with Discovering Psychology. Boston: Pearson Education.


The websites that follow are related to the AP Psychology course and exam. When this book was updated, the websites were available at no charge.

The College Board

Annenberg Media (Video series—The Brain: Teaching Modules, The Mind: Teaching Modules, Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition)

PsychSim by Thomas Ludwig (Interactive computer simulations targeted to specific topics. Mystery Client is NOT keyed to DSM-5, so skip that module.)

The San Francisco Exploratorium (Cow’s Eye Dissection, Listening, Mind, Seeing, Color, Optical Illusions)

Cold Spring Harbor Labs Genes to Cognition Project (including a 3-D brain)

Amoeba Web maintained by Douglas Degelman, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California

Open Yale Courses—Introduction to Psychology

The Society for Neuroscience

AP Psychology Teachers’ Websites

Dan Koch

Kent Korek

David Duez