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Principles of Psychology

Contemporary Perspectives

Matt Jarvis and Paul Okami

January 2020

ISBN: 9780198813156

960 pages
Paperback
276x219mm

Price: £44.99

Accessible, encouraging, innovative: Principles of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives encourages critical thinking and provides the most student-friendly introduction to the science of psychology.

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Description

Principles of Psychology offers students a complete introduction to psychology. It balances contemporary approaches with classic perspectives, weaves stimulating conceptual issues throughout the text, and encourages students to think critically, creatively, and practically about the subject and how it applies to the real-world.

  • Takes a clear, informal, and user-friendly approach to the subject
  • Fully supports students as they make the transition to undergraduate-level psychology
  • A thoroughly considered pedagogical scheme encourages development of the higher level thinking skills essential to success at undergraduate level
  • Incorporates engaging real-world examples in its lively exploration of the subject
  • Explores contemporary developments in psychology and includes research references from across the world
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Matt Jarvis, Leading exponent of psychology education from GCSE to postgraduate level, and Paul Okami, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Temple University, USA

Matt Jarvis is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is best known as a leading exponent of psychology education, from GCSE to postgraduate level. A former psychology education lecturer at Keele University and visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton's department of education, Matt has contributed widely to both psychology curriculum development and teacher development, and has conducted research into teacher stress, e-learning, and effective pedagogy. Matt also freelances as an author and trainer, and has written numerous best-selling A level and higher education psychology textbooks. He currently works as learning technology & innovation manager for Nacro, a major social justice & education charity.

Paul Okami is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Temple University USA, and a member of the Association for Psychological Science. Paul has published widely, in the areas of sexuality, evolutionary psychology, and child development. A highly regarded teacher at every level of higher education, from university to community college, Paul has had great success introducing students to contemporary perspectives in the subject.

Table of Contents

    Part 1 PSYCHOLOGY AS SCIENCE: PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
    1:Studying psychology
    2:The science of psychology
    3:Research methods in psychology
    Part 2 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
    4:The biological basis of mind and behaviour
    5:The nature, nurture, and evolution of behaviour
    6:Consciousness
    Part 3 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
    7:Learning
    8:Perception, sensation, and attention
    9:Memory
    10:Thinking and language
    Part 4 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
    11:Social-emotional development in children
    12:Cognitive development
    13:Lifespan development
    Part 5 INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
    14:Intelligence
    15:Personality
    16:Motivation
    17:Emotion
    18:Issues in mental health
    19:Mental health treatment
    Part 6 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
    20:Social cognition
    21:Social influence and attraction
    22:Altruism and antisocial behaviour

Reviews

"One thing I would like to highlight is the authors' commitment to developing students' critical thinking skills, their creativity, reflexivity, and application of psychology findings in context." - Nadzeya Svirydzenka, De Montfort University

"The material is absolutely pitched at an appropriate level for students new to psychology as a discipline. I think that authors have achieved an excellent balance between being accessible without being too informal or over-simplified. The material is presented in a way that is not intimidating for students." - Gemma Stevens, Robert Gordon University

"This book makes a critical approach accessible, and should scaffold students in developing their critical thinking." - Andrew Clements, University of Bedfordshire

"The book gives the students a broad understanding of what psychology entails a cognitive map of psychology, if you will. I really like that." - Anna Thit Johnsen, University of Southern Denmark

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
Principles of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives is supported by online resources and is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

  • The e-book is enhanced with embedded self-assessment activities and multi-media content, including animations, concept maps, and flashcards, to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support. www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The study tools that enhance the e-book, along with web links to guide further reading, are also available as stand-alone resources for use alongside the print book. Here, lecturers can access a Lecturer's Guide to the book, alongside downloadable PowerPoints, images, and Test Banks for use in their teaching.

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