PART 2We now begin to look at the core areas in psychology (as set out by the BPS).
These areas include cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental
psychology, biological psychology and the psychology of individual differences. We also look at the area of clinical psychology.Each chapter introduces the core area in question and then examines one
research paper, in detail, from that area. These research papers are a mixture of
recent research papers and older papers, written some time ago by eminent
researchers. Some papers investigate new topics and others investigate longstanding issues. The papers use a variety of research methods. The papers are
largely as they actually appear in the journals, but some condensing has been
done for the sake of simplicity. The purpose of looking at one paper is to give
you a flavour of that area and how the research is done. Using just one paper
necessitates being very selective from the huge array of research available; it is
not possible to include an exhaustive list of research in any area. Nevertheless,
you will see that the principles of these research papers are essentially the
The core areas and
|• ||Chapter 4, cognitive psychology: do leading questions affect how well
we remember an event?|
|• ||Chapter 5, social psychology: what factors influence whether a person
will help another person in an emergency?|
|• ||Chapter 6, developmental psychology: what determines the type of
bond a child has with its mother – the child's environment or their
|• ||Chapter 7, biological psychology: does the size of our brains relate to
how clever we are?|
|• ||Chapter 8, individual differences: does our personality change or stay
the same throughout adulthood?|
|• ||Chapter 9, clinical psychology: how long do the benefits of cognitive
behavioural therapy last for schizophrenia?|
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Book title: Introducing Psychology through Research.
Contributors: Amanda Albon - Author.
Publisher: Open University Press.
Place of publication: Maidenhead, England.
Publication year: 2007.
Page number: 43.
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