Work with a powerful visual sense wins our Book Award for 2012

An innovative and accessible guide designed for readers new to psychology has won our Book Award for 2012. The Society makes this award annually to a text that has made a major contribution to the advancement of psychology.

Described by one website as “a great book that combines both style and substance throughout,” The Psychology Book is written by Nigel Benson, Catherine Collin, Joannah Ginsburg, Voula Grand, Merrin Lazyan  and Marcus Weeks published by Dorling Kindersley.

It is organised around seven broad themes, including philosophical roots, behaviourism and psychology of difference. These themes are then explored through a series of short articles on relevant thinkers, experimenters and schools of thought, whose contributions range from the Classical World to the present day.

Reviewing the book in our monthly magazine The Psychologist when it was first published, the magazine’s editor Dr Jon Sutton suggested it was “aimed at those who are completely new to psychology, fully engaged as a student, or an armchair expert”.

And the blog Scientific Aesthetic wrote: “The Psychology Book appears to understand we learn best by seeing, and not just by reading, and that’s why this bit of study literature is a wonderful learning companion to have on hand sitting beside you when you need a quick answer or an in-depth analysis.”Work