A riveting exploration of who we are and why we behave the way we do.
Why do we become aggressive? How does the brain allow us to see, hear, and feel? Can listening to Mozart improve IQ? How do babies learn to perceive and think? How can we reduce obesity and cigarette smoking? Is being physically attractive an advantage? Psychology, the scientific study of the mind and our behaviour, has never been more popular. From TV experts to the amateur musings of your best friend, the language of psychology has permeated all aspects of everyday life. Here Martin reveals that modern psychology concerns far more than the everyday stereotypes of Freud, Jung, and ‘common sense’ advice. This Beginner’s Guide is informed by the latest cutting-edge research and provides a vibrant and witty exploration of our senses, how our memory works, and what determines our intelligence, development, and personality.
Dr G. Neil Martin is Reader in Psychology at Middlesex University. He has written over 150 articles on psychology for The Times, THES, Restaurant Magazine, The Observer Magazine and The Psychologist, and is a co-author of Psychology (3rd Edition), the bestselling textbook on the subject in the UK, now in its 7th edition in the US.