Investigating Psychology: Key concepts, key studies, key approaches (Reissue)

ISBN : 9780198869368

Nicola Brace; Jovan Byford
440 ページ
189 x 246 mm
  • A student-friendly introduction to the study of psychology: how psychologists go about their investigations.
  • The use of carefully-chosen studies from across the main sub-disciplines of the subject give insights into both the varying approaches adopted in different areas, and the diversity of psychology as a whole.
  • The use of studies spanning the early nineteenth century to the twenty-first century shows how the study of psychology is dynamic and ever-evolving.
  • Activities throughout encourage the reader to actively engage with the subject material, and so gain a thorough understanding of the themes and concepts presented.
  • 'Why do it this way?' boxes in each chapter invite the reader to consider the reasons why researchers used particular approaches, and the assumptions they made to better understand the research process.

Drawing on a wide range of studies and some classic pieces of psychological research, Investigating Psychology provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of psychology. It focuses specifically on how psychologists go about doing their research, how their work relates to real-life problems and social issues, and how psychology as a discipline has been influenced by broader political, historical and technological developments.
The book is divided into three parts, each with its own overarching theme. This structure facilitates the exploration, across the chapters within each part, of a number of broader issues in psychology.
Part 1: Why do people do harm to others?
Part 2: How do others influence who we are and what we do?
Part 3: How do we investigate psychological processes that we cannot directly observe, like attention, memory or language?
Each part consists of three individual chapters with at its core a classic piece of psychological research which relates to some real-life question of contemporary relevance. In considering the specific piece of research, each chapter (1) introduces in an accessible and concrete way a particular method or approach, (2) examines the relevant historical, social and political conditions underpinning the study, and (3) considers the subsequent developments in the field and how the question addressed by the classic study has since been explored by psychologists.
The studies examined in the chapters have been carefully chosen to ensure that the book as whole introduces readers to different areas of psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological, individual differences, etc.) as well as to a range of research traditions (behaviourism, experimental psychology, ethology, observation, etc.). The book also covers issues such as different types of evidence, methods and data, the complex nature of causation and the importance of ethics in psychological research.
Investigating Psychology will give its readers a better understanding of the diverse nature of psychology as an academic discipline, and of the different ways in which psychologists go about investigating new ideas about the human mind and behaviour.

Online Resource Centre:
For adopting lecturers:
- Figures from the book in electronic format;
- Links to related video content, for use in teaching
- Suggested activities to reinforce concepts covered in the text
For students:
- Online MCQs, to check understanding as you progress through the text
- Flashcard glossary, to help you master the key terminology


Why do people do harm to others?
1:Exposing the authoritarian personality, Jean McAvoy
2:Just following orders?, Phil Banyard
3:Learning from watching, John Oates
How do others influence who we are and what we do?
4:Changing behaviour, Frederick Toates
5:Determined to love?, Deborah Custance
6:Making friends, Charlotte Brownlow
How do we investigate psychological processes that we cannot directly observe, like attention, memory or language?
7:Language and the brain, Frederick Toates
8:Paying attention, Helen Edgar and Graham Edgar
9:Witnessing and remembering, Graham Pike and Nicola Brace


Edited by Nicola Brace, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University, and Jovan Byford, Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University
Dr Jean McAvoy, The Open University
Dr Phil Banyard, Nottingham Trent University
Dr John Oates, The Open University
Professor Frederick Toates, The Open University
Dr Deborah Custance, Goldsmith's College, University of London
Dr Charlotte Brownlow, The University of Southern Queensland
Dr Graham Edgar, University of Gloucestershire
Dr Helen Edgar, Chartered Psychologist
Professor Graham Pike, The Open University
Dr Nicola Brace, The Open University