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Psychology : a very short introduction / Gillian Butler and Freda McManus.

By: Butler, Gillian, 1942-.
Contributor(s): McManus, Freda.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Very short introductions: 6.Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000Description: 161 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0192853813; 9780192853813.Subject(s): PsychologyDDC classification: 150 Other classification: 77.00
Contents:
What is psychology? How do you study it? -- What gets into our minds? Perception -- What stays in the mind? Learning and memory -- How do we use what is in the mind? Thinking, reasoning and communicating -- Why do we do what we do? Motivation and emotion -- Is there a set pattern? Developmental psychology -- Can we categorize people? Individual differences -- What happens when things go wrong? Abnormal psychology -- How do we influence each other? Social psychology -- What is psychology for?
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Originally published: 1998.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-155) and index.

Includes index.

1 What is psychology? How do you study it? -- 2 What gets into our minds? Perception -- 3 What stays in the mind? Learning and memory -- 4 How do we use what is in the mind? Thinking, reasoning and communicating -- 5 Why do we do what we do? Motivation and emotion -- 6 Is there a set pattern? Developmental psychology -- 7 Can we categorize people? Individual differences -- 8 What happens when things go wrong? Abnormal psychology -- 9 How do we influence each other? Social psychology -- 10 What is psychology for?

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CHOICE Review

Where would a person go to find a book that would serve as an introduction to the entire field of psychology, a book that would be informative enough but not overwhelming to a novice. "Introduction to psychology" textbooks are impressive, weighty tomes, filled with pictures, liberally laced with pedagogical devices of all sorts, and usually 600-plus pages long. In sum, not the place to send a high school or first-year college student trying to figure out whether he or she should major in psychology. This release in Sterling's "Brief Insight" sequence is well designed for exactly that purpose: it introduces the novice to the field of psychology. In its delightfully few pages, students can get a reasonable idea about academic psychology in all its glorious diversity. The descriptions and explanations are clear, well organized, and interspersed with interesting illustrations and examples. The chapters, each of which encompasses one or more major areas of the field, are arranged in logical order: the authors start with sensation/perception, then move through the many areas of cognition, and conclude with the practical ends of abnormal and applied psychology. Career counselors and academic advisors will find this a useful resource for their students. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates, professionals, students in two-year programs, and general readers. J. F. Heberle Albright College

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Gillian Butler now works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, having previously spent nearly ten years doing research in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University. She is co-author (with Tony Hope) of Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide.Freda McManus is a Research Cognitive Therapist in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University. She works on the development and evaluation of psychological treatments for anxiety disorders.

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