Accessible, engaging, innovative: this new book encourages critical thinking and provides the most student-friendly introduction to the science of psychology.
A wealth of free-to-access online resources accompany Principles of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives.
Self-test questions allow students to check their progress. We’ve included 25 multiple-choice questions for each chapter. These can help to revisit the content, and identify areas that might need additional work.
Flashcards show all the key ideas in the book. Students will find these useful for checking they know all the definitions, which can also be found in our glossary.
Chapter outlines help students to structure their notes and are useful for revision.
Concept maps: Mind-maps link together the key ideas from each chapter, and show students how the concepts relate to one another. Accompanying these is a concept map guide that teaches students how to map concepts themselves, and provides suggestions for how to use concept maps in their own learning.
Animations support students in their study of biological psychology, and include animated videos on: Types of neurons • Resting potentials • Action potential • Communication • Neurotransmitters
Discussion topics cover a range of issues, allowing students to revisit the content in new and creative ways. For each chapter, there are 5-13 discussion questions, to be used independently or as part of a group.
Assignments focus on key psychological skills such as critical thinking, and prompt students to apply the content they have learned. Each chapter has 5 assignments, which can be used as homework activities.
Weblinks help students consolidate and extend their learning, as well as make connections across psychology.
A quarterly research digest written by author Matt Jarvis will keep students up-to-date with summaries of key developments in the field of psychology.
A lecturer’s guide gives an overview of how teachers might use the book and online resources in their teaching. It includes:
• a preface for lecturers, introducing the aims and approach of the book
• a guide to using the book to support students in their transition to university education
• an outline of how the book and accompanying online materials meet course needs
• suggestions on how to use the book and accompanying online materials in different teaching scenarios
• a curriculum grid, to show how the book’s content maps against BPS guidelines, and can be used in different course structures
PowerPoint presentations summarise the key concepts and content from each chapter. There are 20-30 slides per chapter, which include overview and summary slides.
The test bank contains 50 multiple-choice questions, 10 true/false questions, 10 fill-in-the-blank questions, and 4 essay questions per chapter.
An image bank includes all of the images used within the book, enabling ease of integration of the book into courses.
Visit the online resources that accompany this book:
Meet the online resource author team:
Matt Jarvis wrote discussion topics, and the lecturer’s guide full of extensive support for anyone teaching the subject.
Paul Okami wrote the original, excellent online resources on which these are based; including the concept maps, and multiple choice questions..
Lizzie Gauntlett (until recently based at Bournemouth), made extensive edits to the concept maps, and wrote from scratch a set of web links (with annotations of what to look out for), and assignment ideas:
“I am proud to be part of the author team producing supporting resources for this new textbook. The digital teaching and learning resources which accompany this book have been designed as a stepping stone from pre-university to undergraduate psychology study.”
Rachel Nesbit, based at the University of Reading, took on the mammoth task of adapting and writing new questions for both the student self-check questions, and the lecturer’s Test Bank:
“I particularly like that the book is written in an easy to digest way and integrates tools for developing critical thinking and evaluative skills throughout, encouraging students to think like a scientist and psychologist.”
Lewis Jayes was until very recently based at Royal Holloway. He composed our PowerPoints from scratch.
Principles of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives has published.
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