Synopses & Reviews
Approaches to Psychology
provides a contemporary, accessible and coherent introduction to the field of psychology, from its origins to the present, and shows the contribution of psychology in understanding human behaviour and experience.
The book introduces students to the five core conceptual frameworks (or approaches) to psychology: biological, behaviourist, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanistic. The methods, theories and assumptions of each approach are explored so that the reader builds an understanding of psychology as it applies to human development, social and abnormal behaviour.
New to this edition:
- Sections on emerging topics such as coaching psychology, positive psychology, creativity' s relationship to psychopathology
- The World Today boxes help students to relate theory to the world around them, including new examples on reinforcement values in video games, the use of attribution theory in sports psychology and how cognitive dissonance theory can be used to examine terrorism
- New Try it Yourself activities and exercises demonstrate that psychology is all about how humans think, feel and behave
- Informed by the most current and relevant research and theory, the new edition has been updated to include 250 new references
- Updated and expanded Online Learning Centre with student support material and instructor test bank at www.openup.co.uk/glassman
- Key Thinker boxes give a brief overview of the work of a notable psychologist and their key contributions
- Putting it all Together discussions at the end of chapters encourage critical thinking by illustrating that there may be no definitive right or wrong answer to a problem
- A review of key research methods provides students with the tools to conduct their own research
- Superb pedagogy aids learning through discussion points and queries, chapter summaries, definitions of key terms, further reading suggestions, a glossary and bibliography
Students and professors have helped to make this the best edition of the most clear and concise introduction to psychology in the market. It is THE introductory book students need.
Praise for the third edition
Glassman does not lean in the contemporary direction of over-simplification and 'pally' reading to motivate and hold the interest of TV and internet-wise youngsters with minimal attention spans...It should be required reading...nowhere else is there such thorough coverage of the major perspectives in their historical context. Glassman's clear, consistent and utterly coherent style provides interest through anecdotes, fables, everyday experiences and concrete psychological research examples - The Times Higher
This revised and expanded edition of Approaches to Psychology builds on the wide appeal of the earlier editions. It explains what the discipline of psychology is, how it developed and how it can contribute to the understanding of human behaviour and experience. This book introduces students to the five major conceptual frameworks or approaches to psychology: biological, behaviourist, cognitive, psychodynamic and humanistic. The methods, theories and assumptions of each approach is explored so that the reader builds an understanding of psychology as it applies to human development, social and abnormal behaviour.
New to this edition:
-Brand new layout with more illustrations and two colour design
-Case studies that run throughout the book
-Increased coverage of social psychology
-Enhanced treatment of cross-cultural issues
-New work on evolutionary psychology
-Online Learning Centre (OLC) with student support material, instructor test bank (www.openup.co.uk/glassman)
-Overview of key methods of psychological research
-Student friendly pedagogy including discussion points and queries, clear chapter summaries, key terms and concepts defined in context
-Annotated suggestions for further reading
-Extensive glossary and bibliography
This clear and concise exploration of psychology is key reading for students new to the discipline.
About the Author
William E. Glassman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, brings over 30 years of experience in teaching introductory psychology to the new edition of this highly successful text. His research activities have spanned many areas, with a special interest in problem-solving and short term memory.
Marilyn Hadad is Associate Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University. In addition to her interest in teaching introductory psychology, she specializes in areas of personal adjustment, such as death, dying and bereavement, personal growth and stress management, courses which are delivered across all programs at Ryerson.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1: Behaviour and Psychology
Ch. 2: The Biological Approach
Ch. 3: The Behaviourist Approach
Ch. 4: The Cognitive Approach
Ch. 5: The Psychodynamic Approach
Ch. 6: The Humanistic Approach
Ch. 7: Perspectives on Development
Ch. 8: Perspectives on Social Behaviour
Ch. 9: Perspectives on Abnormal Behaviour
Ch. 10: Psychology in Perspective
Appendix: Experimental methods and statistics