Psychology and You: An Informal Introduction, 3rd Edition
December 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
- Increased conciseness in writing style and structure;
- Improved design, and better and more illustrations;
- Three brand new chapters, covering the brain, health psychology
and careers in psychology;
- Regular 'methodology' boxes, aimed at opening up and
demystifying this complex area;
- Combination and re-ordering of topics to enable a smoother
transition between chapters;
- More in-chapter exercises to illustrate or develop specific
- More examples from everyday life to give real-life relevance to
- Fully referenced material, without the text itself being hindered by long lists of authors; all references are listed by chapter at the end of the book.
A lively, informative and accessible read, Psychology and You is the perfect taster for students new to psychology.
List of figures.
List of tables.
Preface and Acknowledgements to the Third Edition.
1. Introduction: Beginning to Understand You.
2. Body Language.
3. Your Personality.
4. Your Sex: On Being Male or Female.
5. You and Others.
6. Your Emotions.
7. Your Brain.
8. Your Health.
9. Your Development across the Lifespan.
10. Psychological Problems.
11. Your View of the World: Perception and Thinking.
12. Learning about Your World.
13. You and Other Animals.
14. What Psychologists Can Do - for You?.
Elizabeth M. Ockleford is at the Department of Health
Sciences and is Honorary Lecturer in Psychology, University of
Leicester, and Associate Lecturer at the Open University. She is a
Kevin Howells is a Chartered Clinical and Forensic
Psychologist, and Professor in the School of Community Health
Sciences at the University of Nottingham.
David J. Hargreaves is Professor of Education at
Diane J. Wildbur is a Chartered Psychologist, and Lecturer in Psychology at De Montfort University, Leicester.
- New edition of this best-selling, wide-ranging introduction to psychology
- Maintains its unique approach explaining psychological concepts in relation to people's behaviour and their everyday lives while covering many of the key areas in contemporary psychology
- Contains three brand new chapters covering the brain, health psychology and careers in psychology
- Enhances learning with regular 'methodology' boxes, aimed at opening up and demystifying this complex area; more in-chapter exercises to illustrate or develop specific themes; and more examples from everyday life to give real-life relevance to psychological research
- Facilitated by a more concise writing style and structure; improved design, and more illustrations; and the combination and re-ordering of topics to enable a smoother transition between chapters
- Includes fully referenced material, listed by chapter at the end of the book
"an excellent bridge between lay or media interest in
psychology, and the more conventional introductory text" Psychology
"an ideal text for adult learners either in a classroom
situation or as independent learners" Australian Journal of
"[the authors] present their subject in a readable and engaging
style and show a happy knack of identifying the real issues that
intrigue people about personal experience" Times Higher Education
Reviews of this new edition:
"Subtitled ‘informal’ it is nevertheless
impressively informative. With lucid explanations this book is
accessible to all; novice or experienced reader; for those with
casual interest in the subject or for others seeking an overview to
a specific area of psychology … What a wonderful book!"
Journal of Biological Education
"This is an excellent first encounter with the discipline of
psychology. It provides an authoritative and well written
introduction to a range of topics, making them at once accessible
to the novice while retaining the scientific basis of psychology"
Dr Tony Cassidy, De Montfort University, UK
"This book is a superb introduction to the many-faceted subject
of psychology, the most convincing I have come across. It manages,
as promised in the subtitle, to be informal, by adopting an
engaging narrative, uncluttered by obfuscating technical jargon or
redundant referencing. Not only is “Psychology and You”
a mine of information about one of the world’s most exciting
disciplines, it is also great fun to read", Martin Herbert,
University of Exeter
"An exceptional book, which covers a vast range of psychological topics in an easily accessible manner. Clear and engaging, it is a must for any psychology student", Rhona Neville, Huddersfield University
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