Title Key Studies in Psychology, 6/e
Author Richard Gross
ISBN 9781444156102
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No of pages 400
Book size 191 X 248 mm
Publishing year 2015
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Psychology is full of agreements and disagreements! Here Richard Gross pairs up 30 studies to show you how the classic theories in psychology are constantly revisited by modern researchers.

In a new focus for this sixth edition, the emphasis is on how these classic and contemporary studies relate. From the differences and similarities between them you’ll understand not just the studies themselves, but develop the study skills you need to write about psychology in exams and essays.

Each study is summarised in simplified form, explaining jargon along the way. The background, methods and findings are all set out and clearly interpreted. Crucially there are pointers for developing your own evaluation skills in each pairing.

Throughout there are links to further studies, and wider debates and topics in psychology. The aim is to help you understand how specific research and issues fit into the science of psychology as a whole, and where that science is going. Get this book if you need to:

  • Understand and get to grips with journal articles in psychology
  • Brush up on some classic studies
  • Know about more recent research for exams and essays
  • Practise your interpretation and evaluation skills with hands-on exercises.

Key Studies in Psychology, Sixth Edition is a life-saver in the sea of psychological research - grab onto it!




Chapter 1: Psychology as a science


Chapter 2: Language and memory • Background and context • Study 2.1: Loftus, E.F. & Palmer, J.C. (1974) Reconstruction of an automobile destruction: an example of the interaction between language and memory • Study 2.2: Laney, C., Fowler, N.B., Nelson, K.J., Bernstein, D.M. & Loftus, E.F. (2008) The persistence of false beliefs • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 3: Teaching language to non-humans • Background and context • Study 3.1: Gardner, R.A. and Gardner, B.T. (1969) Teaching sign language to a chimpanzee • Study 3.2: Savage-Rumbaugh, S., Fields, W.M. & Taglialatela, J. (2000) Ape-consciousness—human consciousness: a perspective informed by language and culture • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 4: Autism and theory of mind • Background and context • Study 4.1: Baron-Cohen, S., Jolliffe, T., Mortimore, C. & Robertson, M. (1997) Another advanced test of theory of mind: evidence from very high-functioning adults with autism or Asperger syndrome • Study 4.2: Back, E., Ropar, D. and Mitchell, P. (2007) Do the eyes have it? Inferring mental states from animated faces in autism • Evaluation • Answers


Chapter 5: Attachment in adulthood • Background and context • Study 5.1: Hazan, C. & Shaver, P.R. (1987) Romantic love conceptualised as an attachment process • Study 5.2: Schachner, D.A., Shaver, P.R. &
Gillath, O. (2008) Attachment style and long-term singlehood • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 6: Social influences on aggression • Background and context • Study 6.1: Bandura, A., Ross, D. and Ross, S.A. (1961) Transmission of aggression through imitation of aggressive models • Study 6.2: Möller, I. and Krahé, B. (2009) Exposure to violent video games and aggression in German adolescents: a longitudinal analysis • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 7: Sex reassignment • Background and context • Study 7.1: Diamond, M. and Sigmundson, H.K. (1997) Sex-reassignment at birth • Study 7.2: Lobato, M.I., Koff, W.J., Crestana, T., Chaves, C., Salvador, J., Petry, A.R., Silveira, E., Henriques, A.A., Cervo, F., Bohme, E.S. & Massuda, R. (2009) Using the Defensive Style Questionnaire to evaluate the impact of sex reassignment surgery on defensive mechanisms in transsexual patients • Evaluation • Answers


Chapter 8: The diagnosis and nature of mental disorder • Background and context • Study 8.1:
Rosenhan, D.L. (1973) On being sane in ins0ane places • Study 8.2: Ahn, W-k., Flanagan, E.H., Marsh, J.K. & Sanislow, C.A. (2006) Beliefs about essences and the reality of mental disorders • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 9: Gambling addiction • Background and context • Study 9.1: Griffiths, M. (2003) Fruit machine addiction in an adolescent female: a case study • Study 9.2: Parke, A. and Griffiths, M. (2005) Aggressive behaviour in adult slot-machine gamblers: a qualitative observational study • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 10: The effects of psychotherapy • Background and context • Study 10.1: Eysenck, H.J. (1952) The effects of psychotherapy: an evaluation • Study 10.2: Zubieta, J.-K., Bueller, J.A., Jackson, L.R., Scott, D.J., Xu, Y., Koeppe, R.A., Nichols, T.E. & Stohler, C.S. (2005) Placebo effects mediated by endogenous opioid activity on µ-opioid receptors • Evaluation • Answers


Chapter 11: Obedience • Background and context • Study 11.1: Milgram, S. (1963) Behavioural study of obedience • Study 11.2: Burger, J.M. (2009) Replicating Milgram: Would people still obey today? • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 12: The social psychology of prisons and tyranny • Background and context • Study 12.1: Haney, C., Banks, C. and Zimbardo, P. (1973) A study of prisoners and guards in a simulated prison • Study 12.2: Reicher, S. and Haslam, S.A. (2006) Rethinking the psychology of tyranny: the BBC prison study • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 13: Bystander intervention • Background and context • Study 13.1: Piliavin, I.M., Rodin, J. and Piliavin, J.A. (1969) Good samaritanism: an underground phenomenon? • Study 13.2: Fischer, P., Greitemeyer, T., Pollozek, F. & Frey, D. (2006) The unresponsive bystander: are bystanders more responsive in dangerous emergencies? • Evaluation • Answers


Chapter 14: Sleep, dreams and emotion • Background and context • Study 14.1: Dement, W. and Kleitman, N. (1957) The relation of eye movements during sleep to dream activity: an objective method for the study of dreaming • Study 14.2: Nishida, M., Pearsall, J., Buckner, R.L. and Walker, M.P. (2009) REM sleep, prefrontal theta, and the consolidation of human emotional memory • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 15: The abilities of split-brain patients • Background and context • Study 15.1: Sperry, R.W. (1968) Hemisphere deconnection and unity in conscious awareness • Study 15.2: Colvin, M.K., Funnell, M.G. and Gazzaniga, M.S. (2005) Numerical processing in the two hemispheres: studies of a split-brain patient • Evaluation • Answers

Chapter 16: Near-death experiences • Background and context • Study 16.1: Blackmore, S. (1988) Visions from the dying brain: near-death experiences may tell us more about consciousness and the brain than about what lies beyond the grave • Study 16.2: Klemenc-Ketis, Z., Kelsnik, J. and Grmec, S. (2010) The effect of carbon dioxide on near-death experiences in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors: a prospective observational study • Evaluation • Answers




About the Author:

Richard Gross is an experienced teacher of Psychology and author of many bestselling texts, including Psychology: The Science of Mind & Behaviour, now in its sixth edition, ISBN 9781444108316.


Target Audience:

People interested in Psychology.

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