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Simply Psychology

3rd Edition

By Michael W. Eysenck, Michael W. Eysenck

© 2013 – Psychology Press

438 pages

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Hardback: 9781848721029
pub: 2012-11-28

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Simply Psychology, 3rd Edition, is a reader-friendly and engaging introduction to the key principles of psychology. Organised around the major approaches to the subject, it covers biological, behaviourist, developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, as well as individual differences.

Supported by a wealth of colour illustrations, it provides students new to the subject with straightforward and clear explanations of all the key topics within contemporary psychology. The features spread throughout the book are designed to help readers to engage with the material and include:

  • highlighted key terms and comprehensive glossary;
  • chapter introductions and summaries;
  • further reading and evaluation boxes;
  • structured essay and self-assessment questions.

It also concludes with a practical chapter offering students tips and advice to help them improve their study skills and get the most out of the book and their studies.


  • Full-colour presentation
  • Case-studies and examples illustrating the application of key theories
  • New chapter on "Effective Learning"
  • Expanded range of reference material, including hundreds of references to contemporary research

Simply Psychology is ideal for students studying psychology for the first time, as well as those in related fields such as nursing, social work and the social sciences.

Professor Michael Eysenck is one of the best-known psychologists in Europe. He is an eminent researcher and the author of numerous bestselling books for students at all levels.


Simply Psychology, Third Edition, is undoubtedly the most up-to-date and empirically oriented concise introduction to psychology. My students enjoy the compact format and the emphasis on scientific evidence. I highly recommend Simply Psychology as the best short introductory textbook.’ – Erik Lykke Mortensen, Professor of Medical Psychology, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

‘This is a welcome new edition of a popular introductory text, written in an accessible conversational style, with useful evaluation, summary, and self-assessment sections. Everyday examples are used to illustrate key theories and approaches, making the text particularly appealing to those new to psychology and to those needing to apply psychological principles to professional practice.’ – Helena M. Priest, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Keele University, UK

‘This book provides an excellent introduction to psychology, and will be useful to students on a wide range of academic and professional courses. Taken together the chapters present a broad overview of the subject, with depth as well as breadth, and the style is clear and accessible.’ – Evie Bentley, Advisor for Psychology, West Sussex Adult and Community Learning, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Methods of Investigation 3. Biological Bases of Behaviour 4. Stress 5. Emotion 6. Aggression 7. Conditioning 8. Cognitive Development 9.Language Development 10. Moral Development 11. Sex and Gender 12. Attachment 13. Prejudice 14. Prosocial Behaviour 15. Social Influence 16. Social Perception 17. Intelligence 18. Personality 19. Self-Concept 20. Visual Perception 21. Memory 22. Problem Solving 23. Effective Learning

About the Authors

Michael W. Eysenck is one of the best-known psychologists in Europe. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychology in the psychology department at Royal Holloway University of London. He is especially interested in cognitive psychology (about which he has written several books) and most of his research focuses on the role of cognitive factors in anxiety within normal and clinical populations.

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