Psychology exists all around us. It influences politics, policy, social interactions, teaching and learning science, and even workplace practices. In Saul Kassin, Gregory Privitera, and Krisstal Clayton's Essentials of Psychology, students connect their world to the study of psychology through authentic experiences. The book propels students into a clear, vibrant understanding of psychological science through concise explanations, real life examples, and active practice. Introductory psychology may be a student's first exposure to scientific methodology, or a step toward a career in the field. To meet learners where they are and then scaffold understanding, this book uses best practices from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) in Psychology. This is reflected in the active learning What's Your Prediction theme, which facilitates a firsthand appreciation for psychological science. Through this lens, students assume the role of psychologist, investigating and mastering concepts. At the same time, they are immersed contextually in theories and research. By understanding the research process, learners comprehend the field's evolution - from its historical underpinnings to modern research and its reflection in the world all around us.