Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive introductory textbook in psychology written specifically for the European undergraduate market. It is designed not only to reflect the development of the discipline but also to cover contemporary debates and future directions. This is a textbook which provides insight into the leading edge of psychological research.
The book lays out the discipline in way that is inviting to the beginning student the first section on developmental psychology establishes a human and cognitive basis from which the rest of the book can be better understood by those studying psychology for the first time. Moreover, it enables the student to begin study with examples of psychology that will be of immediate interest. The text contains European data, cases and examples alongside traditional American material. Throughout the book, applications of psychology are discussed with specific final chapters on clinical and health psychology and psychology in the workplace.
Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction provides comprehensive support for both instructor and student through pedagogical features designed with the needs of undergraduates in mind. Written by a team of leading researchers, it offers broad–ranging coverage whilst promoting a critical understanding of psychology as a dynamic discipline.
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List of Contributors.
Part I: Introduction:.
1. Introduction to Psychology: Peter Scott (Open University) and Christopher Spencer (University of Sheffield).
Part II: Lifespan Development:.
2. Infancy and Childhood: Mark Blades (University of Sheffield), Jill Boucher (University of Sheffield) and Peter Smith (Goldsmith′s College, London).
3. Adolescence and Adulthood: Peter Smith (Goldsmith′s College, London) and Helen Cowie (Roehampton Institute, London).
Part III: Biological Psychology:.
4. Evolution and Sociobiology: Richard Byrne (University of St Andrews).
5. Neuroscience: Robin Stevens (University of Nottingham).
6. Perception: Mike Harris (University of Birmingham).
Part IV: Cognitive Psychology:.
7. Memory: Alan Parkin (University of Sussex).
8. Learning, Skill and Expertise: Rod Nicolson (University of Sheffield).
9. Thinking and Reasoning: Alan Garnham (University of Sussex).
10. Language: Peter Scott (Open University).
Part V: Social Psychology:.
11. Social Cognition: Self, Attitudes and Attributions: Paschal Sheeran and Sheina Orbell (Both University of Sheffield).
12. Social Group Processes – From the Dyad to the Small Group to the Crowd: Christopher Spencer (University of Sheffield).
13. Environmental Psychology: Christopher Spencer (University of Sheffield).
Part VI: The Individual:.
14. Personality – the Individual and Society: Paschal Sheeran and Sheina Orbell (Both University of Sheffield).
15. Intelligence: Mark Blades (University of Sheffield).
Part VII: Applied Psychology:.
16. Clinical and Health Psychology: Graham Turpin and Pauline Slade (Both University of Sheffield).
17. Psychology in the Workplace: Nik Chmiel (University of Sheffield).
Part VIII: Conclusion:.
18. Conclusion: Peter Scott (Open University) and Christopher Spencer (University of Sheffield).
Christopher Spencer is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. His research interests include environmental psychology, cognitive mapping, and children′s use of places.