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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
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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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. 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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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
6. Working with law enforcement

6. Working with law enforcement  

David Canter

in Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777332
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10.1093/actrade/9780199550203.003.0006
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‘Working with law enforcement’ shows that forensic psychologists contribute to all stages of the investigative process. They help to set up effective systems for collecting and making sense ... More
7. Always the bridesmaid?

7. Always the bridesmaid?  

David Canter

in Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777332
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10.1093/actrade/9780199550203.003.0007
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‘Always the bridesmaid?’ considers the future for forensic psychology. Until recently, forensic psychologists were seen as providing a supporting role, but there is now increasing ... More
6. Physicalism: is it all transference?

6. Physicalism: is it all transference?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0007
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‘Physicalism: is it all transference?’ considers what causation is rather than what our concept of cause is. It begins with physical transference theories – the physical transfer of energy ... More
4. Take the money and run

4. Take the money and run  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0005
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‘Take the money and run’ explains the ‘basic trust game’ which is an economic experiment asking participants to make decisions of trust without communicating with others. This test tells ... More
8. Institutions, conspiracies, and nations

8. Institutions, conspiracies, and nations  

Katherine Hawley

in Trust: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778421
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697342.003.0009
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How does our attitude to trust and distrust apply to our relationships with institutions, public figures, or social groups? What is the difference between trusting a politician and trusting ... More
7. Conclusion: leading a spiritual life

7. Conclusion: leading a spiritual life  

Philip Sheldrake

in Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777981
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588756.003.0008
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Spirituality is widespread and increasingly influential. There is a growing use of the term ‘spiritual capital’ with reference to the potential value of spirituality in everyday lives. What ... More
9. How do we influence each other? Social psychology

9. How do we influence each other? Social psychology  

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/9780199670420.003.0009
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Social interaction plays a crucial role in human evolution, development, and everyday social life, so there are numerous areas of social psychology to explore, such as group dynamics, ... More
5. People, objects, and identity

5. People, objects, and identity  

Michael Allen Fox

in Home: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191809385
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10.1093/actrade/9780198747239.003.0005
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‘People, objects, and identity’ considers how the home is a major focus in the construction of self-identity and how people carve out home space even within institutions. It suggests that a ... More
15. Psychology

15. Psychology  

Jonathan Barnes

in Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Nov 2015
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9780191822322
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854087.003.0015
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One important distinction within the natural world is that some natural substances are alive and others inanimate. The former are distinguished from the latter by their possession of a soul ... More
4. The logic of illusion

4. The logic of illusion  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0004
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9780192801999
Understanding can yield objective knowledge, but it also contains a temptation to illusion. Kant tries to diagnose and criticize this temptation in his examination of ‘pure reason’. ‘The ... More
6. Myth and psychology

6. Myth and psychology  

Robert A. Segal

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

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191792328
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724704.003.0007
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9780198724704
‘Myth and psychology’ explains how, in psychology, the theories of Sigmund Freud and of Carl Jung have almost monopolized the study of myth. They both parallel myths to dreams. Freud ... More
6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology

6. Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology  

Samir Okasha

in Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jul 2016
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Jul 2016
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9780191807640
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10.1093/actrade/9780198745587.003.0006
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9780198745587
‘Philosophical problems in physics, biology, and psychology’ examines three philosophical questions that are specific to particular sciences. First, the debate between Gottfried Leibniz and ... More
5. Developing our identity as reflective scientist-practitioners

5. Developing our identity as reflective scientist-practitioners  

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/9780198753896.003.0005
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‘Developing our identity as reflective scientist-practioners’ considers the benefits and drawbacks of working as a clinical psychologist. It looks at the different areas of clinical ... More
2. Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?

2. Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?  

J. Allan Hobson

in Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775499
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802156.003.0002
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9780192802156
‘Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?’ focuses on Freud's psychoanalytic model as it was developed in his Project for a Scientific Psychology (1895) and The ... More
6. Is there a set pattern? Developmental psychology

6. Is there a set pattern? Developmental psychology  

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/9780199670420.003.0006
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9780199670420
Developmental psychology is concerned with understanding both what changes occur with age, and how those changes take place — the process of development. ‘Is there a set pattern? ... 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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9780191815690
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753896.003.0001
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9780198753896
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
7. Extending the reach of clinical psychology

7. Extending the reach of clinical psychology  

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/9780198753896.003.0007
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9780198753896
‘Extending the reach of clinical psychology’ concerns the future, and reviews some recent developments that seem likely to take clinical psychology further in its quest to balance science ... More

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