Understand Psychology

Understand Psychology : How Your Mind Works and Why You Do the Things You Do

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The bestselling Understand Psychology explains basic psychological processes and how they influence us in all aspects of everyday life. It explores why we are the way we are, how we came to be that way, and what we might do to change seemingly fundamental traits. The book puts psychology in context, using non-technical language to analyze everyday situations. It is a comprehensive introduction that shows how human experience can be understood on many levels.

Understand Psychology takes you through every aspect of the subject, from child development and social influences to the role of memories and emotions. You will discover how we interact with each other, why we dream, what motivates us, why children need to play and whether watching TV is bad for you.

Now fully revised and updated, this 6th edition of the bestselling guide includes brand new material on mindfulness, social living, focusing in particular on shyness and loneliness and social media, coping with stress, decision making and forensic psychology, addiction and modern drugs, cognitive neuropsychology, and the psychology of learning, including teaching, exams and exam stress.

The clear structure, packed full of practical examples, makes it easy to learn the essentials you really need to know.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 28mm | 320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • b-and-w diagrams
  • 1444100904
  • 9781444100907
  • 17,241

Table of contents

01: applying psychology

02: applied cognitive psychology
03: applied social psychology
04: applied bio-psychology

05: applied development psychology

06: clinical psychology
07: counselling psychology
08: health psychology

09: forensic psychology

10: eductional psychology
11: applied psychology of teaching and learning
12: occupational psychology

13: organisational psychology

14: engineering and design psychology
15: space psychology
16: sport psychology

17: consumer psychology

18: environmental psychology
19: political psychology
20: applied psychology as a profession

: taking it further

: index
: cognitive motives
: social motivation

: cognition

: thinking
: perception
: memory

: genetics, evolution and learning

: evolution
: genetic mechanisms
: levels of learning

: learning and intelligence

: infant learning
: forms of learning
: intelligence

: childhood and adolescence

: childhood
: adolescence

: adulthood, retirement and ageing

: adulthood
: ageing

: working life

: why do people work?
: human resource management
: organisational culture

: leisure

: watching television
: computer games
: sport psychology

: education and health

: the psychology of teaching and learning
: counselling and therapy
: health psychology

: living in the world

: proxemics and privacy
: sources of environmental stress
: disasters and accidents

: developing psychological understanding

: what do psychologists do?
: developing psychological knowledge

: index
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"A great book for beginners with plenty of information to open doors to further study . . . . a superb way to get into a deep subject without being overwhelmed." * Amazon reviewer *
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About Nicky Hayes

Dr Nicky Hayes is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and an Honorary Life Member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology. She has written widely and is a prominent media figure, thanks to her her ability to apply psychology to everyday life and her experience working with business and the public sector as well as in universities and colleges.
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