Are individual differences best explained in terms of nature (biology/genetics) or nurture (upbringing)? Do we have 'free will'? Is personality a result of differences in cognition or differences in temperament?
Personality: A Cognitive Approach touches on a number of controversies in academic psychology, and provides a broad and integrated view of individual differences psychology in a concise yet academically rigorous overview of relevant theories and research.
'In many ways it is the ideal text for newcomers to psychology. Students will learn a great deal from this text and will not feel overwhelmed by the material contained within it. Many students find this area somewhat challenging at first and this book goes a great way to allaying apprehension.' - Karen Officer, James Watt College, Kilwinning
'A well written book … I liked the early emphasis on schools of psychology and the clear exposition of why/when theories of personality developed.' - Colin Cooper, Queen's University of Belfast
'This is an outstanding text on personality which is not only easy to read but also very well structured and written. The chapters on attributions and cognitive styles are particularly significant, and provide added value to more traditional texts.' - Cary L. Cooper, UMIST
The Psychology Focus Series, edited by Perry Hinton of Thames Valley University, provides students with a new focus on key topic areas in psychology.
It supports students taking modules in psychology, whether for a psychology degree or a combined programme, and those renewing their qualifications in a related discipline.
Each short book: