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Essential Psychology
A Concise Introduction

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472 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Essential Psychology: A Core Textbook offers both the specialist and non-specialist Psychology student the perfect companion at an affordable price. It represents a fresh alternative to the range of expensive, American-oriented titles on the market that are full of topics you need but also many you don't need on your course. Written by a UK team of authors, it spans 18 accessibly-sized chapters but concentrates on the six fundamental topic areas that are taught at introductory level in the UK – Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology & The Psychology of Individual Differences – batching them into sections of 3 chapters each. The textbook is: 

  • stylish and presented in full color
  • has an abundance of learning features to make your studies enjoyable and fruitful
  • includes a companion website (www.sagepub.co.uk./banyard) with a host of lecturer and student-focused material to assist both teaching and learning

Whether you're in the first year of your Psychology degree and concerned about your textbook budget, or merely taking Psychology as a subsidiary or a combined component of your studies, Essential Psychology: A Core Textbook is absolutely the textbook for you.

 
PART ONE: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS: THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN PSYCHOLOGY
Mark N O Davies and Philip Banyard
Sex, Lies and Digital Horizons
Simon Watts
How Psychology Became a Science
Garry Young
Issues and Debates in Psychology
 
PART TWO: HOW WE THINK AND MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Thom Baguley and Andrew J Edmonds
Memory
Andrew K Dunn and Paula C Stacey
An Introduction to Sensation, Perception and Attention
Gary Jones
Thinking and Problem-Solving
 
PART THREE: HOW OUR BRAINS AFFECT OUR BEHAVIOUR: BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Antonio Castro and Mark J T Sergeant
The Human Nervous System: Functional Anatomy
Rachel Horsley and Christine Norman
Communication within the Brain
Mark J T Sergeant and Antonio Castro
Brain and Behaviour: Sex Differences
 
PART FOUR: HOW WE INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Susan Hansen, Paige Wilcoxson and Dan Bysouth
Behaviour within Groups
Mick Gregson, Rowena Hill and Nicholas Blagden
Behaviour between Groups
Alex Meredith and Monica Whitty
Social Judgements and Behaviour
 
PART FIVE: HOW WE GROW AND CHANGE: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Lucy J Betts et al
Development during the Early Years
Lee Farrington-Flint et al
Development during the School Years
Gayle V Dillon, Susannah J Lamb and Andrew Grayson
Atypical Child Development
 
PART SIX: HOW WE KNOW AND MEASURE OUR INDIVIDUALITY: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Glenn Williams, Jamie Murphy and James Houston
Personality
Eva Sundin
Intelligence: Measuring the Mind
Jill Arnold and Brendan Gough
Self
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

`Banyard and Co have produced a highly enjoyable book that will be far more palatable than many of its competitors' -


Patrick L. Hylton,
University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK


'Despite the complexity of the material presented, the text is easy to read and gives a comprehensive overview of the area. Research and debate are covered alongside factual information in key study boxes and thought provoking question boxes' -
Caroline Brown,
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK


Great resource for those new to this topic

Miss Rachel East
Heath Care, Warrington Collegiate
December 18, 2014

This book offers a basic understanding to psychology and is a recommended read for learners prior to the course starting.

Miss Amy Capper
access, Warrington Collegiate
June 23, 2014

Very clearly written

Dr Sarah Rose
School of Psychology, Keele University
April 1, 2014

A very good and concise textbook suitable for 1st year students

Manos Georgiadis
Sport Sciences, University Campus Suffolk
March 6, 2014

We may change next year I want to submit it for review then and if new edition do that one I like it

Mr Robert Milstein
Gen Ed, Northwestern College
November 15, 2013

Excellent text book which gives an up-to-date analysis of key concepts in psychology. The text is easy for students to read.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
July 30, 2013

An excellent introductory text for use with undergraduate students. Well written, engaging and informative, with good use of multi-media examples. I have enjoyed preparing the course for my students using this book, and I am sure they will enjoy using it as a textbook.

Dr Leanne Robins
Social Care and Nursing, GMIT
February 8, 2013

A really useful introduction into the topic areas within psychology. Highly readable and very interesting, will benefit learners within psychology and other related fields.

Dr Dorothy Griffiths
Access to Higher Education, Health and Caring, Yale College
March 8, 2012

I have recommended it as an essential textbook. Especially the bio neurology, activation and mind body discussion was well received in class.

Dr Ursula Lohr-Wiegmann
Business, Southampton Solent University
December 18, 2011

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Philip Banyard

Philip Banyard is Reader in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. More About Author

Mark N. O. Davies

Christine Norman

Christine Norman is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. More About Author

Belinda Winder

Belinda is a Reader in Forensic Psychology. She teaches primarily within forensic psychology, with specific focus on sexual crime. She has a strong background in psychometrics and individual differences, and retains her enthusiasm for quantitative research (continuing to teach multivariate statistics in what she hopes is a fun and interactive manner). Her research is leading her to incorporate qualitative research methods as she continues to develop a programme of research in collaboration with HMP Whatton (the largest sex offender prison in Europe) that makes a significant and practical contribution to our understanding of sex offenders... More About Author

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