Introducing Psychology

Author: Nigel Benson
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848317565
Format: PDF, ePub
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What is psychology? When did it begin? Where did it come from? How does psychology compare with related subjects such as psychiatry and psychotherapy? To what extent is it scientific? "Introducing Psychology" answers all these questions and more, explaining what the subject has been in the past and what it is now. The main "schools" of thought and the sections within psychology are described, including Introspection, Biopsychology, Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism, Comparative (Animal) Psychology, Cognitive Approaches (including the Gestalt movement), Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Humanism. The key figures covered include: Freud, Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Piaget, Bowlby, Maslow and Rogers, as well as many lesser-known but important psychologists.

Introducing Psychotherapy

Author: Nigel Benson
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848319746
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What is psychotherapy? How can we choose wisely from so much on offer? This book provides a valuable summary of the main therapies: the "talking cures" of psychoanalysis, behavioral and cognitive techniques, somatic solutions, humanist gestalt and existential approaches, and individual and group therapies.

Introducing Evolutionary Psychology

Author: Dylan Evans
Publisher: Totem Books
ISBN:
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Using evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology as well as anthropolgy, primatology and archaeology, characters such as Dawkins, Gould and Dennett are beginning to piece together the first truly scientific account of human nature.

Introducing Game Theory

Author: Ivan Pastine
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1785780832
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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When should you adopt an aggressive business strategy? How do we make decisions when we don’t have all the information? What makes international environmental cooperation possible? Game theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone else. Economists Ivan and Tuvana Pastine explain why, in these situations, we sometimes cooperate, sometimes clash, and sometimes act in a way that seems completely random. Stylishly brought to life by award-winning cartoonist Tom Humberstone, Game Theory will help readers understand behaviour in everything from our social lives to business, global politics to evolutionary biology. It provides a thrilling new perspective on the world we live in.

Introducing Sociology

Author: John Nagle
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1785780743
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Sociology is interested in the ways people shape the society they live in, and the ways society shapes them. Simply, it is the study of what modern society is and how it functions. In the series’ inimitable style, Introducing Sociology traces the origins of sociology from industrialization, revolution and the Enlightenment through to globalization, neoliberalism and the fear of nationalism – introducing you to key thinkers, movements and concepts along the way. You will develop insight into the world around you, as you engage your ‘sociological imagination’ and explore studies of the city, theories of power and knowledge, concepts of national, racial and sexual identity, and much more.

Introducing Political Philosophy

Author: Dave Robinson
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1840469226
Format: PDF
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Essential illustrated guide to key ideas of political thought. Philosophers have always asked fundamental and disturbing questions about politics. Plato and Aristotle debated the merits of democracy. The origins of society, the state and government authority were issues addressed by Hobbes, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx and many other philosophers. Introducing Political Philosophy explains the central concepts of this intriguing branch of philosophy and presents the major political theorists from Plato to Foucault. How did governments get started? Why should they be obeyed? Could we live without them? How much power should they have? Is freedom a right? Which is the best form of government? In the wake of consumerism and postmodernism, our need for a better grasp of political ideas is greater than ever. Dave Robinson's account of this complex subject is always clear, informative and accompanied by the entertainingly inventive illustrations of Judy Groves.

Introducing Consciousness

Author: David Papineau
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 184831972X
Format: PDF
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"Introducing Consciousness" provides a comprehensive guide to the current state of consciousness studies. It starts with the history of the philosophical relation between mind and matter, and proceeds to scientific attempts to explain consciousness in terms of neural mechanisms, cerebral computation and quantum mechanics. Along the way, readers will be introduced to zombies and Chinese Rooms, ghosts in machines and Schrodinger's cat.

Introducing Child Psychology

Author: Kairen Cullen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848313292
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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An INTRODUCING PRACTICAL GUIDE to how children think and grow. Child Psychology is a branch of developmental psychology, which is the scientific study of systematic psychological changes that occur in human beings over the course of their life span. Child psychologists examine how children’s brains work even before they are born, through to the beginning of adulthood. They may explore questions of how well children develop language, how they respond to other children and adults, how quickly children become aware of their environment and become autonomous from their parents. In this Practical Guide, child psychologist Kairen Cullen applies the lessons from a lifetime’s research and practice in the area to help you understand - without jargon or technical language - why your child develops in the way he or she does, and how you can best create the conditions for their living a healthy, successful and happy life.

Introducing Evolutionary Psychology

Author: Dylan Evans
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848319770
Format: PDF
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How did the mind evolve? How does the human mind differ from the minds of our ancestors, and from the minds of our nearest relatives, the apes? What are the universal features of the human mind, and why are they designed the way they are? If our minds are built by selfish genes, why are we so cooperative? Can the differences between male and female psychology be explained in evolutionary terms? These questions are at the centre of a rapidly growing research programme called evolutionary psychology.

Introducing Epigenetics

Author: Cath Ennis
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848319037
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Epigenetics is the most exciting field in biology today, developing our understanding of how and why we inherit certain traits, develop diseases and age, and evolve as a species. This non-fiction comic book introduces us to genetics, cell biology and the fascinating science of epigenetics, which is rapidly filling in the gaps in our knowledge, allowing us to make huge advances in medicine. We’ll look at what identical twins can teach us about the epigenetic effects of our environment and experiences, why certain genes are 'switched on' or off at various stages of embryonic development, and how scientists have reversed the specialization of cells to clone frogs from a single gut cell. In Introducing Epigenetics, Cath Ennis and Oliver Pugh pull apart the double helix, examining how the epigenetic building blocks and messengers that interpret and edit our genes help to make us, well, us.