This book develops students' listening, note-taking and discussion skills using a variety of recorded authentic interviews and classroom lectures. The Student's Book develops students' listening, note-taking, and discussion skills using a variety of recorded authentic materials. The text prepares high-intermediate students with an introduction to psychology and communications, and covers high-interest topics such as stress, intelligence, and friendship. Each chapter explores one of these topics using a variety of listening materials, including informal interviews and authentic academic lectures. These materials allow students to practice crucial listening skills, such as listening for main ideas, and listening for implied information; they also serve as stimuli for discussion and note-taking activities. Topics correspond with those in Academic Encounters: Human Behavior, and these books can be used together as a four-skills course; however, they function equally well as stand-alone texts. An audio CD of the academic lectures, an important part of the audio program, is included with the Student's Book to provide students with additional listening practice.