Essential Psychology

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Essential Psychology edited by Phillip Banyard, Gayle Dillon, Christine Norman and Belinda Winder. 

SAGE edge offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalised approach to help you accomplish your coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment and features:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards which strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow you to assess your understanding of course material, with 10 questions available per chapter
  • Links to online videos that offer a new perspective and an alternative learning style
  • An online action plan which allows you to individualise your learning experience
  • Summaries and learning objectives for each chapter that reinforce the most important material


SAGE edge for Instructors supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. [SAGE edge] instructor resources for this book include:


About the second edition

'This text provides an excellent introduction to what is essential in psychology. Its breadth of coverage and easily accessible style of presenting key findings and concepts will make it attractive to students setting out on their psychology studies.'
Chris McVittie, Queen Margaret University

‘This is an enjoyable and clearly written undergraduate introductory book, with a wide coverage of fundamental and applied psychology topics. Great resource for students and lecturers alike!’
Minna Lyons, University of Liverpool

Essential Psychology returns for a 2nd edition with a vivid narrative writing style designed for undergraduates, features designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire students to learn independently, and an expanded companion website full of useful resources for lecturers and students. This comprehensive introductory text is relevant for both the specialist and non-specialist psychology student, challenging those who studied psychology before university while remaining accessible to those who did not.

The second edition:

  • Gives students a firm foundation in all areas covered on an accredited British Psychological Society degree course
  • Includes new chapters on psychopathology, research methods, language, motivation and emotion, lifespan development, health psychology, forensic psychology and critical social psychology
  • Relates theory to the real world to help students think about where they will employ their degree after undergraduate study
  • An SAGE edge companion website ( with a suite of features to enhance your learning experience

Philip Banyard, Christine Norman, Belinda Winder and Gayle Dillon, along with the contributors, are all based in the Division of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.




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