Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Psychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explanations for what people think, feel, and do. But what exactly are psychologists trying to do? What scientific grounding do they have for their approach? This book provides an understanding of some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance, making it a stimulating introduction for anyone interested in understanding the human mind This book is intended for a-level students considering reading psychology at university, first-year psychology undergraduates, general readers wanting a brief but reliable introduction to the subject.show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 10.16mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • line drawings
  • 0192853236
  • 9780192853233

Table of contents

What are psychologists trying to do?; perception - what gets into the mind? what are the raw data?; learning and memory - what stays in the mind?; thinking, reasoning, and communicating - how do we use what is in the mind?; emotion and motivation - where does the impetus come from?; development - is there a set pattern?; personality and individual differences - can we categorize people?; individuals in social context - how does the group influence the individual?; distress and disorder - what happens when things go wrong?; what psychologists can do for you - how can we use psychology today?show more

About Gillian Butler

About the Authors Dr. Gillian Butler is a clinical psychologist and co -author of the highly successful mental health guide Managing Your Mind. Dr. Freda McManus is a psychiatrist at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford.show more

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