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Essential Psychology

Third Edition
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Psychology (General)

May 2019 | 856 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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

 

 

 
PART I: The Foundations of Modern Psychology: What We Know About Human Beings
 
Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time...The Evolution of Human Behaviour
 
Chapter 2: How Psychology Became a Science
 
Chapter 3: Doing Psychological Research
 
Chapter 4: The Replication Crisis
 
PART II: Cognitive Psychology: How We Think and Make Sense of the World
 
Chapter 5: Memory
 
Chapter 6: An Introduction to Sensation, Perception and Attention
 
Chapter 7: Learning
 
Chapter 8: Thinking and Problem Solving
 
Chapter 9: Language and Literacy
 
PART III: Biological Psychology: How Our Brains Affect Our Behaviour
 
Chapter 10: The Human Nervous System: Functional Anatomy
 
Chapter 11: Communication within the Brain
 
Chapter 12: Brain and Behaviour: Sex Differences
 
Chapter 13: Motivation and Emotion
 
PART IV: Social Psychology: How We Interact with Each Other
 
Chapter 14: Behaviour within Groups
 
Chapter 15: Behaviour between Groups
 
Chapter 16: Social Judgements and Behaviour
 
PART V: Developmental Psychology: How We Grow and Change
 
Chapter 17: Development during the Early Years
 
Chapter 18: Development during the School Years
 
Chapter 19: Atypical Child Development
 
Chapter 20: Adulthood to Ageing
 
PART VI: The Psychology of Individual Differences: How We Know and Measure Our Individuality
 
Chapter 21: Personality
 
Chapter 22: Intelligence: Measuring the Mind
 
Chapter 23: Self
 
PART VII: Applied Psychology: How We Use Psychology
 
Chapter 24: Mental Health, Mental Illness and Psychopathology
 
Chapter 25: Psychological Interventions
 
Chapter 26: Health Psychology
 
Chapter 27: Forensic Psychology

Supplements

Online resources

For Students:

  • Over 30 videos explaining key concepts in psychology with questions to test your understanding!
  • Chapter Summaries 
  • Learning Objectives
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Practice Quizzes
  • Flashcards

For Instructors:

  • PowerPoint Slides

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
South Eastern Regional College - SERC

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
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

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
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

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
Wrexham Glyndwr University

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
University of Bradford

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
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology

Very excited to receive this new edition of a great text, it is an attractive and accessible read which would attract the most reluctant student, however is in depth enough for those who wish to extend their knowledge. Thoroughly recommended!

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
April 18, 2019

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Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time...The Evolution of Human Behaviour


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