Psychology Focus

Series Editor: Perry Hinton

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:

  • presents clear, in-depth coverage of a discrete area with many applied examples
  • assumes no prior knowledge of psychology
  • has been written by an experienced teacher
  • has chapter summaries, annotated further reading and a glossary of terms
  • Individuals, Groups and Organisations

    By Tony Cassidy

    When asked to introduce ourselves a key aspect of our self-description will be our occupation. Certainly if we fail to identify what we do it is very likely that we will be asked. Even if we are unemployed, the very absence of employment will be part of our identity. Those who have studied identity…

    Paperback – 2013-11-29
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  • Psychology and Culture

    Thinking, Feeling and Behaving in a Global Context

    By Lisa Vaughn

    With increasing globalization, countries face social, linguistic, religious and other cultural changes that can lead to misunderstandings in a variety of settings. These changes can have broader implications across the world, leading to changing dynamics in identity, gender, relationships, family,…

    Paperback – 2010-02-25
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  • Introducing Neuropsychology

    2nd Edition

    By John Stirling, Rebecca Elliott

    Introducing Neuropsychology, Second Edition investigates the functions of the brain and explores the relationships between brain systems and human behaviour. The material is presented in a jargon-free, easy to understand manner and aims to guide students new to the field through current areas of…

    Paperback – 2008-06-19
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  • Introducing Cognitive Development

    By Laura Taylor

    Interest in cognitive development has been resurgent in recent years as a result of continuing improvements in technology and the new methods of research these enable. Introducing Cognitive Development brings a new focus and clarity to this theoretically complex area. Using numerous illustrations…

    Paperback – 2005-10-05
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  • Attention, Perception and Memory

    An Integrated Introduction

    By Elizabeth Styles

    Although attention, perception and memory are identifiable components of the human cognitive system, this book argues that for a complete understanding of any of them it is necessary to appreciate the way they interact and depend on one another. Using close examination of experiments, studies of…

    Paperback – 2005-02-09
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  • Attention

    A Neuropsychological Approach

    By Antony Ward

    Attention: A Neuropsychological Approach provides a fascinating overview of the neuropsychological aspects of attention, revealing how we select our information, divide our attention and control our focus of interest. Through fully integrating cognitive neuropsychological perspectives on attention,…

    Paperback – 2004-11-10
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  • The Social Psychology of Behaviour in Small Groups

    By Donald C. Pennington

    The Social Psychology of Behaviour in Small Groups covers theories of group behaviour and their application in organizational psychology. Topics include the structure and formation of groups and the roles that individuals play within groups, as well as more applied areas such as co-operation and…

    Paperback – 2002-03-06
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  • The Person in Social Psychology

    By Vivien Burr

    Traditional social psychology assumes that the person has an already-existing nature that then becomes subject to the influence of the social environment. The Person in Social Psychology challenges this model, drawing on theories from micro-sociology and contemporary European social psychology to…

    Paperback – 2002-02-13
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  • Introducing Neuropsychology

    By John Stirling

    Introducing Neuropsychology investigates the functions of the brain and explores the relationships between brain systems and human behaviour. It draws on both established findings and cutting edge research. The material is presented in a jargon-free, easy to understand manner and aims to guide…

    Paperback – 2001-12-19
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  • Attitudes and Persuasion

    By Philip Erwin

    Attitudes and Persuasion provides an up-to-date overview of the crucial role that attitudes play in our everyday lives and how our thoughts and behaviour are influenced. The nature, function and origins of attitudes are examined, and a review of how they can be measured is given. The book addresses…

    Paperback – 2001-08-15
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  • Abnormal Psychology

    By Alan Carr

    This book presents a clear and in-depth account of abnormal psychology. It focuses on both clinical descriptions, using illustrative case studies at the beginning of each section, and on the implications of the major theoretical perspectives and relevant empirical evidence for clinical treatment.…

    Paperback – 2001-03-14
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  • Psychology and 'Human Nature'

    By Peter Ashworth

    Psychology and 'Human Nature' problematizes what psychology usually takes for granted - the meaning of the psyche or 'human nature'. Peter Ashworth provides a coherent account of many of the major schools of thought in psychology and its related disciplines, including: sociobiology and evolutionary…

    Paperback – 2000-09-13
    Routledge
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  • Stereotypes, Cognition and Culture

    By Dr Perry R Hinton

    What are stereotypes and why do we use them? Are all stereotypes bad? Can we stop people from using them? Questions such as these have fascinated social psychologists for many years.Perry Hinton provides an accessible introduction to this key area, giving a critical and concise overview of the…

    Paperback – 2000-06-14
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  • Stress, Cognition and Health

    By Tony Cassidy

    Stress Cognition and Health examines the key issues in the psychology of stress and health, bringing together a wide range of material generally not found in a single text. It looks at how the external world makes demands upon individuals - potentially causes of stress - while at the same time…

    Hardback – 1999-05-19
    Routledge
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  • Stress, Cognition and Health

    By Tony Cassidy

    Stress Cognition and Health examines the key issues in the psychology of stress and health, bringing together a wide range of material generally not found in a single text. It looks at how the external world makes demands upon individuals - potentially causes of stress - while at the same time…

    Paperback – 1999-05-19
    Routledge
    Psychology Focus

  • Types of Thinking

    By S. Ian Robertson

    Types of Thinking provides a basic grounding in the psychology of thinking for undergraduate students with little previous knowledge of cognitive psychology. This clear, well-structured overview explores the practical aspects and applications of everyday thinking, creative thinking, logical and…

    Paperback – 1999-04-21
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  • Intelligence and Abilities

    By Colin Cooper

    Research into abilities is one of the great success stories of psychology. Ability tests are widely used and there is continued interest in the origins of abilites (enes or environment?) and their links to social phenomena such as crime and welfare dependecy. Intelligence and Abilities explains…

    Paperback – 1999-03-31
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  • The Psychobiology of Human Motivation

    By Hugh Wagner

    Why is one person motivated to create a business empire whilst another is inspired to produce a beautiful work of art? Why do some people prefer a quiet life?The Psychobiology of Human Motivation explores what directs our behaviour, from basic physiological needs like hunger and thirst to more…

    Paperback – 1999-02-17
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  • Personality

    A Cognitive Approach

    By Jo Brunas-Wagstaff

    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…

    Paperback – 1998-05-06
    Routledge
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  • Friendship in Childhood and Adolescence

    By Phil Erwin

    Friendships are crucial to children's well-being and happiness and lay important foundations upon which later relationships in adolescence and adulthood are built. This clear, well-structured overview of the nature and significance of children's and adolescents' friendships examines issues such as…

    Paperback – 1998-04-01
    Routledge
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  • Jobs, Technology and People

    By Nik Chmiel

    This book focuses on psychological issues related to technology and work. Topics are set within areas of occupational psychology that include job and task design, training, selection, assessment and motivation, workload analysis, environmental and personal influences on mental processing, safety at…

    Paperback – 1998-04-01
    Routledge
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  • Learning and Studying

    A Research Perspective

    By James Hartley

    Learning and Studying looks at how psychologists study the crucial processes of learning and studying in higher education. James Hartley uses current research to explore such topics as: learning theory and educational practice, personality and learning, older learners, improving learning skills,…

    Paperback – 1998-04-01
    Routledge
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  • Gender and Social Psychology

    By Vivien Burr

    Explaining theory and research in an accessible but thorough manner, Gender and Social Psychology critically evaluates the contribution that psychology has made to the study of gender, examining key issues such a family roles and parenting, inequalities in education, jobs and pay, and the effects…

    Paperback – 1998-04-01
    Routledge
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