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The third edition of Essential Psychology provides a thorough introduction for students and anyone who wishes to gain a strong overview of the field. This team of authors provide a student-friendly guide to Psychology, with a vivid narrative writing style, features designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire students to learn independently, and online resources for lecturers and students. This comprehensive introductory text is relevant for both the specialist and non-specialist psychology student, challenging those who studied psychology before university while remaining accessible to those who did not.



The third edition:



- Gives students a firm foundation in all areas covered on accredited British Psychological Society degree courses



- 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 where they will employ their degree after undergraduate study
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Product details

  • Paperback | 856 pages
  • 195 x 265 x 33.02mm | 1,980g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1526456850
  • 9781526456854

Table of contents

PART I: The Foundations of Modern Psychology: What We Know About Human Beings
Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time...The Evolution of Human Behaviour - James Stiller and Philip Banyard
Chapter 2: How Psychology Became a Science - Sarah Buglass, Lydia Harkin, Peter Macaulay, Luke Vinter and Rosie Daly
Chapter 3: Doing Psychological Research - Philip Banyard, Darren Rhodes, David Crundall, Mark Griffiths, Sarah Seymour-Smith and Belinda Winder
Chapter 4: The Replication Crisis - Mark Andrews and Lucy Justice
PART II: Cognitive Psychology: How We Think and Make Sense of the World
Chapter 5: Memory - Thom Baguley, Harriet Smith, Lucy Justice and Duncan Guest
Chapter 6: An Introduction to Sensation, Perception and Attention - Andrew K. Dunn, Paula C. Stacey and Kate Roberts
Chapter 7: Learning - Andrew MacKenzie and Philip Banyard
Chapter 8: Thinking and Problem Solving - Gary Jones, Georgina Gous, Mark J.T. Sergeant and Antonio Castro
Chapter 9: Language and Literacy - Jens Roeser and Clare Wood
PART III: Biological Psychology: How Our Brains Affect Our Behaviour
Chapter 10: The Human Nervous System: Functional Anatomy - Antonio Castro, Gary Jones and Mark J.T. Sergeant
Chapter 11: Communication within the Brain - Lucy Webster and Christine Norman
Chapter 12: Brain and Behaviour: Sex Differences - Mark J.T. Sergeant and Antonio Castro
Chapter 13: Motivation and Emotion - Sebastiano Costa, Joshua Baker, Preethi Premkumar and Pancy Poon
PART IV: Social Psychology: How We Interact with Each Other
Chapter 14: Behaviour within Groups - Mhairi Bowe and Juliet Wakefield
Chapter 15: Behaviour between Groups - Juliet Wakefield and Mhairi Bowe
Chapter 16: Social Judgements and Behaviour - Sebastian Teicher and Maria Kontogianni
PART V: Developmental Psychology: How We Grow and Change
Chapter 17: Development during the Early Years - Lucy Betts, James Stiller, Rebecca Larkin, Gareth Williams and Kate Ellis-Davies
Chapter 18: Development during the School Years - James Stiller, Lucy Betts, Rebecca Larkin and Gareth Williams
Chapter 19: Atypical Child Development - Lai Sang Iao, Matthew Belmonte, Gayle Dillon, Andrew Grayson and Susannah Lamb
Chapter 20: Adulthood to Ageing - Olatz Lopez-Fernandez, Rebecca Stack, Suvo Mitra and Louise A. Brown Nicholls
PART VI: The Psychology of Individual Differences: How We Know and Measure Our Individuality
Chapter 21: Personality - David J. Wilde, Nadja Heym, Glenn A. Williams and Loren Abell
Chapter 22: Intelligence: Measuring the Mind - Eva Sundin, Sarah McDonald and Philip Banyard
Chapter 23: Self - Jill Arnold, Ben Oldfield and Filipa Dascostaricocalad
PART VII: Applied Psychology: How We Use Psychology
Chapter 24: Mental Health, Mental Illness and Psychopathology - Sarah McDonald, Palwinder Athwal-Kooner and Karen Slade
Chapter 25: Psychological Interventions - Karen Slade, Palwinder Athwal-Kooner and Sarah McDonald
Chapter 26: Health Psychology - Rebecca Stack, Mike Rennoldson, Prrethi Premkumar and Eva Sundin
Chapter 27: Forensic Psychology - Rebecca Lievesley, Sebastian Teicher and Lorraine Smith
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Review quote

This is a very informative and up-to-date textbook. The authors make the complex concepts become a lot easier to digest. This book is great for those who want to grasp fundamental knowledge in the field of contemporary Psychology. -- Miss Jaruwan Sakulku As suggested by the title, this text captures the essential subject areas needed for student studies. I found it easy to read through, as it is written in plain language, without an overload of jargon. I was particularly interested in Chapter 24 on the application to mental health, as this is my specialism. -- Neil Robdale I particularly like the active learning approach. The exercises help students to link their own experiences to the topics, providing an excellent framework for class discussions. The definitions of technical language and chapter summaries equip students with the tools to apply theoretical knowledge to everyday situations.





-- Michele Ponting, Access and Accreditation Manager I particularly like the active learning approach. The exercises help students to link their own experiences to the topics, providing an excellent framework for class discussions. The definitions of technical language and chapter summaries equip students with the tools to apply theoretical knowledge to everyday situations.





-- Michele Ponting, Access and Accreditation Manager Essential Psychology is the perfect companion for those wishing to develop their understanding of psychology. The material is very clearly laid out and students will find it interesting to read. Each chapter has discussion questions for students to explore and suggestions for further reading.

-- Frank Carter, Lecturer My favourite core psychology textbook is now even better. It is fresh and contemporary yet mindful of historical and critical issues that continue to shape how psychology is understood and practiced. Nobody embarking on their undergraduate psychology journey could wish for a trustier companion. -- Dr Andrew Hart
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About Philip Banyard

Philip Banyard is Reader in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Christine Norman is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Gayle Dillon is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. 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 and sexual crime. Additional areas of interest (both in terms of teaching and research) include the psychology of fraud, lying and deception.
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