Introducing Psychology through Research

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PART 2
The core areas and
research papers
We 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 same.
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 genes?
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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