This thoroughly updated edition of the bestselling Psychology for A2 Level has been written specifically for the new AQA-A Psychology A2-level specification for teaching from September 2009. It is the ideal follow-up to AS Level Psychology, 4th edition by the same author, but also to any AS-level textbook.
This full-colour book, which builds on the ideas and insights explored at AS Level to promote a deeper understanding of psychology, is written in an engaging and accessible style by a highly experienced author. It incorporates contributions, advice and feedback from a host of A-Level teachers and psychologists including Philip Banyard, Evie Bentley, Clare Charles, Diana Dwyer, Mark Griffiths and Craig Roberts.
At this level, students select options from a range of specified topics and this book includes chapters on all of the compulsory and optional topics that are on the new A2 syllabus in sufficient depth for the requirements of the course. It has a new focus on the nature and scope of psychology as a science with an emphasis on how science works, and guidance on how to engage students in practical scientific research activities. Presented in a clear, reader-friendly layout, the book is packed with advice on exam technique, hints and tips to give students the best chance possible of achieving the highest grade.
The book is supported by our comprehensive package of online student and teacher resources, A2 Psychology Online. Student resources feature a wealth of multimedia materials to bring the subject to life, including our new A2 revision guide and A2 Workbook, multiple choice quizzes, revision question tips, interactive exercises and podcasts by key figures in psychology. Teacher resources include a teaching plan, chapter-by-chapter lecture presentations, and classroom exercises and activities.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Preparing for the A2 Exam. How A2 Differs From AS. The A2 Course and Examinations. Knowing How You Will Be Assessed. The Examinations. Understanding Exam Questions. Answering Essay Questions. Strategies You Can Use to Improve Your AO2 Marks. Strategies You Can Use to Improve Your AO3 Marks. Revision. Useful Advice When in the Exam Room. Part 2. Biological Rhythms and Sleep. Biological Rhythms. Sleeps States. Disorders of Sleep. Part 3. Perception. Theories of Perceptual Organisation. Development of Perception. Face Recognition and Visual Agnosias. Part 4. Relationships. The Formation, Maintenance, and Breakdown of Romantic Relationships. Human Reproductive Behaviour. Effects of Early Experience and Culture on Adult Relationships. Part 5. Aggression. Social Psychological Approaches to Explaining Aggression. Biological Explanations of Aggression. Aggression as an Adaptive Response. Part 6. Eating Behaviour. Eating Behaviour. Biological Explanations of Eating Behaviour. Eating Disorders. Part 7. Gender. Psychological Explanations of Gender Development. Biological Influences on Gender. Social Contexts of Gender Role. Part 8. Intelligence and Learning. Theories of Intelligence. Animal Learning and Intelligence. Evolution of Intelligence. Part 9. Cognition and Development. Development of Thinking. Development of Moral Understanding. Development of Social Cognition. Part 10. Psychopathology: Schizophrenia. Clinical Characteristics of Schizophrenia. Issues Surrounding the Classification and Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Biological Explanations of Schizophrenia. Psychological Explanations of Schizophrenia. Biological Therapies for Schizophrenia. Psychological Therapies for Schizophrenia. Part 11. Psychopathology: Depression. Clinical Characteristics of Depression. Issues Surrounding the Classification and Diagnosis of Depression. Biological Explanations of Depression. Psychological Explanations of Depression. Biological Therapies for Depression. Psychological Therapies for Depression. Part 12. Psychopathology: Anxiety – Phobic Disorders. Clinical Characteristics of Phobic Disorders. Issues Surrounding the Classification and Diagnosis of Phobic Disorders. Biological Explanations of Phobic Disorders. Therapies for Phobic Disorders. Part 13. Psychopathology: Anxiety – OCD. Clinical Characteristics of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Issues Surrounding the Classification and Diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Biological Explanations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Psychological Explanations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Therapies for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Part 14. Psychology in Action: Media Psychology. Media Influences on Social Behaviour. Persuasion, Attitude, and Change. The Psychology of 'Celebrity'. Part 15. Psychology in Action: The Psychology of Addictive Behaviour. Models of Addictive Behaviour. Factors Affecting Addictive Behaviours. Reducing Addictive Behaviour. Part 16. Psychology in Action: Anomalistic Psychology. Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Study of Anomalous Experience. Factors Underlying Anomalous Experience. Belief in Exceptional Experience. Part 17. Psychological Research and Design. The Application of Scientific Method in Psychology. Designing Psychological Investigations. Data Analysis and Reporting on Investigations.
"Eysenck is one of the best known psychologists in Europe and perhaps the best known A-level psychology writer, and this book has seemed a long time coming for fans of his clear, authoritative style ...This book serves its purpose well; providing those new to psychology with concise, informative text on theories and research methods covering everything from measures of dispersion through to how to write a psychology report. As if we expected anything less." – Kelly Bristow, The Henley College, Oxfordshire, in The Psychologist
"This excellent text will be an invaluable resource for both teachers and students of A-Level Psychology. There is detailed coverage of the AQA-A specification, including helpful advice on examination preparation, and I found the clarity of presentation and helpful features in each chapter make the material very accessible." - Dr Dave Putwain, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Edge Hill University
"Written by experienced psychologists from varying backgrounds, pupils and teachers alike will find this book helpful in covering all the aspects of the new A2 Psychology prospectus. The 'Psychology in Action' sections are particularly fascinating. The more biological aspects of the course are covered clearly and concisely. The book will particularly appeal to course and lesson planners who can also incorporate the various presentations, exercises, activities and multiple choice questions from the related on-line site." - Linda Fletcher, experienced Psychology teacher and head of department (retired), and member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology