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Essential Psychology

Essential Psychology

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Applied Psychology | Psychology

October 2021 | 856 pages | SAGE Texts
A foundational book introducing the essential concepts of psychology.

This new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of psychology. It gives the reader an overview of the different branches of psychology and guides them by covering all important topics in these areas.  The team of authors use an accessible narrative style of writing that makes the book student-friendly. The book encourages students of psychology to think critically and independently about contemporary issues in the subject by presenting them with sufficient background to the topics. The present edition has been updated with current research and exciting new features that makes it relevant to both the specialist and non-specialist psychology student.

Key Features:

• Detailed introduction to foundational theories that lay the groundwork for a thorough understanding of the subject 

• Includes new chapters on psychopathology, research methods, language, motivation and emotion, lifespan development, health psychology, forensic psychology and critical social psychology 

• Relates theory to the real world to help students think about how they will employ their degree
About the Book
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SECTION A The Foundations of Modern Psychology: What We Know About Human Beings
Once Upon a Time … The Evolution of Human Behaviour
How Psychology Became a Science
Doing Psychological Research
The Replication Crisis
SECTION B Cognitive Psychology: How We Think and Make Sense of the World
An Introduction to Sensation, Perception and Attention
Problem Solving and Reasoning
Language and Literacy
SECTION C Biological Psychology: How Our Brains Affect Our Behaviour
The Human Nervous System: Functional Anatomy
Communication within the Brain
Brain and Behaviour: Sex Differences
Motivation and Emotion
SECTION D Social Psychology: How We Interact with Each Other
Behaviour within Groups
Behaviour between Groups
Social Judgements and Behaviour
SECTION E Developmental Psychology: How We Grow and Change
Development during the Early Years
Development during the School Years
Atypical Child Development
Adulthood to Ageing
SECTION F The Psychology of Individual Differences: How We Know and Measure Our Individuality
Intelligence: Measuring the Mind
SECTION G Applied Psychology: How We Use Psychology
Mental Health, Mental Illness and Psychopathology
Psychological Interventions
Health Psychology
Forensic Psychology


Philip Banyard

Dr Phil Banyard is Head of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The Department is the largest provider of full-time undergraduate psychology degrees in the UK and the for the last eight years has achieved over 90% approval on the national student survey, again not bettered by any university in the UK: not only the biggest but arguably also the best. In his thirty years at NTU Phil Banyard has taught on a range of courses but focused on introductory modules and critical thinking. His research was concerned with the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, especially in schools. He was a chief examiner of A Level... More About Author

Christine Norman

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

Gayle Dillon

Gayle Dillon 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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ISBN: 9789354790942