Essential psychology / Philip Banyard, Gayle Dillon, Christine Norman & Belinda Winder. - 2nd edition. - x, 588 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

Essential Psychology returns for a second edition with a vivid narrative writing style for undergraduates, features designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire students to learn independently, and an expanded companion website full of useful 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 2nd 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
Comes with a SAGE edge companion website with a suite of resources to enhance the learning experience (

Includes bibliographical references (pages 525-572) and index.

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: Issues and Debates in Psychology
Chapter 4: Doing Psychological Research
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: Thinking and Problem Solving
Chapter 8: Language
PART III: Biological Psychology: How Our Brains Affect Our Behaviour
Chapter 9: The Human Nervous System: Functional Anatomy
Chapter 10: Communication within the Brain
Chapter 11: Brain and Behaviour: Sex Differences
Chapter 12: Motivation and Emotion
PART IV: Social Psychology: How We Interact with Each Other
Chapter 13: Behaviour within Groups
Chapter 14: Behaviour between Groups
Chapter 15: Social Judgements and Behaviour
Chapter 16: Critical Social Psychology
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: Adolescence, Adulthood and 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: Psychopathology: Theories and Causes
Chapter 25: Psychological Interventions
Chapter 26: Health Psychology
Chapter 27: Forensic Psychology

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