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10. What is psychology for?

10. What is psychology for?  

Gillian Butler and McManus Freda

in Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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9780191779831
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10.1093/actrade/9780199670420.003.0010
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Psychology has many practical uses. It helps us to understand, explain, predict, or modify what goes on in the mind: the control centre for cognition, affect, and behaviour. ‘What is ... More
1. What is psychology? How do you study it?

1. What is psychology? How do you study it?  

Gillian Butler and McManus Freda

in Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jan 2014
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9780191779831
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10.1093/actrade/9780199670420.003.0001
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William James, one of the founders of modern psychology, defined it in 1890 as ‘the science of mental life’. It is a science we can all relate to, as everyone has a mental life. ‘What is ... More
Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Gillian Butler and Freda McManus

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Jan 2014
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Jan 2014
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9780191779831
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10.1093/actrade/9780199670420.001.0001
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9780199670420
Psychology: A Very Short Introduction explores some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance by looking at normal and abnormal behaviour, perception, ... More
1. Clinical psychologists at work

1. Clinical psychologists at work  

Susan Llewelyn and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

in Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191815690
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753896.003.0001
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Clinical psychologists aim to offer psychological help to those who are unhappy or struggling with certain aspects of their lives, or those who are ill, especially when their mental health ... More
1. Introduction and history

1. Introduction and history  

Jonathan St B. T. Evans

in Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191829321
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10.1093/actrade/9780198787259.003.0001
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Thinking is the essence of what it means to be human and defines us more than anything else as a species. The remarkable success of humans, far ahead of all other animals, is based on our ... More
7. From dual processes to two minds

7. From dual processes to two minds  

Jonathan St B. T. Evans

in Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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9780191829321
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10.1093/actrade/9780198787259.003.0007
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There has been a large amount of attention to dual processing in psychology, but with many different theories and much variation in terminology. ‘From dual processes to two minds’ reviews ... More
1. A recent field

1. A recent field  

Richard Passingham

in Cognitive Neuroscience: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Sep 2016
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9780191828607
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10.1093/actrade/9780198786221.003.0001
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The field of cognitive neuroscience was born in the late 1970s, but was transformed over the next two decades with the development of techniques such as positron emission tomography and ... More
1. The art and science of music psychology

1. The art and science of music psychology  

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

in The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780190640163
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10.1093/actrade/9780190640156.003.0001
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Music can seem to be the human behavior that is least susceptible to explanation, but a long history exists of applying various frameworks to try to understand it. The cognitive science of ... More
2. Problem solving

2. Problem solving  

Jonathan St B. T. Evans

in Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191829321
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10.1093/actrade/9780198787259.003.0002
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9780198787259
Problem solving is clearly a key feature of human intelligence. Human intelligence does not, in the main, rely on behaviour patterns fixed by evolution and nor does it depend on habit ... More
4. Decision making

4. Decision making  

Jonathan St B. T. Evans

in Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191829321
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10.1093/actrade/9780198787259.003.0004
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9780198787259
We make a decision every time that we do something when we could have done something else, but most of these decisions are habitual and require little thought. ‘Decision making’ explains ... More
Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

Susan Llewelyn and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191815690
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753896.001.0001
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9780198753896
Clinical psychology makes a significant contribution to mental healthcare worldwide. Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction provides insights into the world of clinical ... More
4. Frameworks used by clinical psychologists

4. Frameworks used by clinical psychologists  

Susan Llewelyn and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

in Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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9780191815690
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753896.003.0004
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9780198753896
‘Frameworks used by clinical psychologists’ looks at the theoretical ideas and concepts that underpin the application of the competencies that clinical psychologists develop. All ... More
Social Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Social Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

Richard J. Crisp

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Aug 2015
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Aug 2015
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9780191783319
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10.1093/actrade/9780198715511.001.0001
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9780198715511
Social Psychology: A Very Short Introduction tells the story of social psychology, its history, concepts, and major theories. Discussing the classic studies that have defined ... More
7. Computational thinking

7. Computational thinking  

Subrata Dasgupta

in Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191798146
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10.1093/actrade/9780198733461.003.0007
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9780198733461
What is computational thinking? The AI researcher Paul Rosenbloom’s interpretation focuses on two relationships: interaction (a ‘reciprocal action, effect or influence’ between two ... More
6. Current agreements and debates

6. Current agreements and debates  

Susan Llewelyn and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

in Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191815690
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753896.003.0006
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9780198753896
Clinical psychologists are often criticized for not stating their views firmly or clearly enough. ‘Current agreements and debates’ examines what most in the field accept as true as well as ... More
Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction  

Usha Goswami

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191780967
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10.1093/actrade/9780199646593.001.0001
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9780199646593
Child Psychology: A Very Short Introduction examines modern child psychology, tracing its development from birth up until early adolescence. Child Psychology studies the ... More

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