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Psychology, published in association with the British Psychological Society, is the definitive introductory textbook for students new to the subject. Written by more than 20 leading psychologists from the UK and Australasia in association with our editorial team, it provides comprehensive and full colour coverage of all the major aspects of psychology taught in colleges and universities today.
Starting with methodology and the biological bases of psychology, the text moves logically through the standard topics, from the nervous system, learning, motivation, emotion, sensory processes and perception to development, memory, language, thought, intelligence, personality, abnormal psychology and therapy. Two social psychology chapters then provide a natural springboard for its coverage of applied topics, which incorporate cutting edge chapters on health, organizational and forensic psychology.
Psychological research is brought to life throughout by the inclusion of new snapshot case studies, and real-life contexts are regularly applied to the basic principles. Other features designed to help students and teachers include chapter maps, learning objectives, profiles of pioneering psychologists in each subfield, chapter summaries, expert opinions, revision questions, suggestions for further reading and a glossary. In addition, the textbook is supported by an interactive website containing a multiple choice testbank, essay questions, practice questions, electronic versions of chapters and lecture-by-lecture instructor support. Visit www.bpsblackwell.co.uk/hewstone for more information.
- The Science of Psychology
- The Nervous System
- Sensory Processes
- Infancy and Childhood
- Adolescence and Adulthood
- Language and Thought
- Abnormal Psychology
- Attitudes, Attributions and Social Cognition
- Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes
- Health Psychology
- Organizational Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
Illustration Sources and Credits.
Frank D. Fincham is Eminent Scholar and Director, Florida
State University Family Institute, and has vast experience as a
writer for books and journals.
Jonathan Foster currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Edith Cowan University. He is concurrently an Associate Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia.
- comprehensive introductory textbook for students starting their
study of psychology;
- published in association with the British Psychological
- written with style and authority by more than 20 leading
psychologists from the UK and Australasia, in association with our
- 4-colour throughout;
- contains comprehensive and integrated coverage of all the major
topics in first-year undergraduate psychology;
- also provides extensive treatment of cutting-edge applied areas
such as health, organizational and forensic psychology;
- each chapter helps students to understand psychology on their
- ‘Research Close-ups’ bring research to life via
snapshot case studies;
- ‘Everyday Psychology’ boxes apply real-life contexts to the basic principles;
- includes a host of additional useful features, from chapter
maps, learning objectives, expert opinions and profiles of
pioneering psychologists in each subfield, to chapter summaries,
revision questions, suggestions for further reading and a
- supported by an interactive website containing a multiple choice testbank, essay questions, practice questions, downloadable figures and tables, electronic chapters and lecture-by-lecture instructor support. Visit www.bpsblackwell.co.uk/hewstone for more information.
"Comprehensive, engaging and incisive - this is an outstanding
text that students will be sure to welcome." Michael Siegal,
University of Sheffield
"This is an extraordinarily comprehensive text. I have not seen
anything to equal it in terms of sheer depth and breadth of
coverage. Fortunately, the logic of the structure and the clarity
of presentation permit this mountain of information to be easily
navigated by the student." Jeff Coney, Murdoch University,
This is the best introductory psychology text I have seen. The
text is well written and comprehensive and, unlike some other
introductory texts, it treats topics with the intellectual rigour
they deserve. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone
teaching introductory level courses in Psychology." Simon
Davies, University of Hull
"This book does a great job in providing a comprehensive,
integrated, state-of-the-art coverage of the field of psychology,
it really brings the field alive. The chapters are clearly
structured, written in a highly accessible style and full of
fascinating information. Each chapter is authored by a leading
expert of the respective area. The authors succeed in conveying
their fascination with their fields to their readers. The book is a
pleasure to read. Students will not only profit greatly from
reading it, they will enjoy doing so." Wolfgang Stroebe,
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
"Preparing an introductory psychology text requires difficult
decisions about the desirable range of subject matter and depth of
treatment. Hewstone, Fincham and Foster have assembled a number of
editors, all of whom are experts in their fields to assist with
this task, and have used a framework which makes the material
accessible and coherent." Dr Robert Jamieson, La Trobe
"For once, we have a British text that can take on the Americans
on their own terms and give us everything we need. The text is
attractively presented, coloured but not garish, well informed, and
with a balance of overview and detail that will enable students to
see the wood for the trees while at the same time being able to
look closely at an individual leaf from time to time. It combines
well-established "orthodox" knowledge with newer insights and
development, and being an edited text, it is informed by a large
panel of active academics and researchers. Producing a book from a
panel of academics is somewhat like herding cats, but the editors
have done an excellent job and deserve credit for it" Times
Higher Education Supplement, December 2, 2005
"This book explains the key issues and theories in psychology in a simple understandable language, covering a good amount of detail. I thought I would never use the text books the lecturers advised, but this one has not been put down! It has summary pages to quickly go over what the chapter was about, essay questions and self test pages. It is extremely useful and I recommend it to anyone studying psychology at university! It gives the backbone of most theories for you to explore further if you want to find more out about something in particular, but generally it covers everything! Ace book!" Amazon.com reviewer
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