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Essential Psychology

Essential Psychology

Fourth Edition
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March 2024 | 840 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Essential Psychology provides a thorough and accessible introduction to the field of psychology. Written by a team of expert authors, this book warmly welcomes you to all the areas covered on British Psychological Society accredited degree courses. 

It includes chapters focused on evolution, memory, thinking and reasoning, motivation and emotion, development, and personality. New to this Fourth Edition are two chapters which focus on racism in psychology and LGBTQ+ psychology. It applies psychological theory to the real world, and includes a wealth of learning features to support your learning, including critical reflections and discussion questions that nurture creative thinking beyond the syllabus. 

This is the ideal introductory textbook for undergraduate students of psychology and those undertaking a Master's conversion course in psychology. 
SECTION A: 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: Psychology, Racism and Coloniality
Chapter 4: The Replication Crisis
SECTION B: 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: Problem Solving and Reasoning
SECTION C: Biological Psychology: How Our Brains Affect Our Behaviour
Chapter 9: The Human Nervous System: Functional Anatomy
Chapter 10: Communication within the Brain
Chapter 11: Motivation and Emotion
SECTION D: Social Psychology: How We Interact with Each Other
Chapter 12: Behaviour within Groups
Chapter 13: Behaviour between Groups
Chapter 14: Social Judgements and Behaviour
SECTION E: Developmental Psychology: How We Grow and Change
Chapter 15: Development during the Early Years
Chapter 16: Development during the School Years
Chapter 17: Atypical Child Development
Chapter 18: Adulthood to Ageing
SECTION F: The Psychology of Individual Differences: How We Know and Measure Our Individuality
Chapter 19: Personality
Chapter 20: Psychopathology
Chapter 21: LGBTQ+ Psychology
Chapter 22: Self
SECTION G: Applied Psychology: How We Use Psychology
Chapter 23: Psychological Interventions
Chapter 24: Health Psychology
Chapter 25: Forensic Psychology
Chapter 26: Language and Literacy


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