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Psychology and You: An Informal Introduction, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2698-4
272 pages
December 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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The new edition of this best-selling text continues to provide a general, wide-ranging introduction to psychology which is unique in the way that it explains psychological concepts in relation to people's behaviour and their everyday lives. Many of the key areas in contemporary psychology are covered to whet the appetites of students new to psychology, and the book provides an excellent grounding in key areas. All-new changes for this edition include:



  • 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 themes.
  • More examples from everyday life to give real-life relevance to psychological research;
  • 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.

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List of exercises.

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?.

Glossary.

References.

Index

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Julia C. Berryman is a Chartered Psychologist, and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Leicester.

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 Chartered Psychologist.

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 Roehampton University.

Diane J. Wildbur is a Chartered Psychologist, and Lecturer in Psychology at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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  • 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
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Reviews of previous editions:

"an excellent bridge between lay or media interest in psychology, and the more conventional introductory text" Psychology News<!--end-->

"an ideal text for adult learners either in a classroom situation or as independent learners" Australian Journal of Psychology

"[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 Supplement


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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