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4th Edition

Simply Psychology

ISBN 9781138698963
Published December 12, 2017 by Routledge
464 Pages

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Book Description

Simply Psychology, fourth edition, is an engaging and reader-friendly introduction to the key principles of psychology. Organized around the major approaches to the subject, it covers biological, 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
  • case-studies and examples illustrating the application of key theories

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


  • expanded coverage of abnormal psychology
  • coverage of developments in neuroscience
  • new ‘In the real world' feature showing how psychology can be used in a range of professional contexts

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.

Table of Contents

About the author Preface 1 Introduction  2 History of psychology  3 Methods of investigation  PART 1 BIOLOGICAL APPROACH 4 Biological bases of behaviour  5 Stress  6 Emotion  7 Aggression  PART 2 DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH 8 Cognitive development  9 Language development  10 Moral development  11 Sex and gender  PART 3 SOCIAL APPROACH 12 Attachment and deprivation  13 Prejudice and discrimination 14 Prosocial behaviour  15 Social influence  16 Social perception and attraction PART 4 INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES 17 Intelligence  18 Personality  19 The self-concept  PART 5 COGNITIVE APPROACH 20 Abnormal psychology  21 Visual perception  22 Memory  23 Problem solving, expertise, and creativity PART 6 EFFECTIVE LEARNING  24 Effective studying and learning Glossary References Index Illustration credits

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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 and Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University. 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.