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Book Award

The society’s Book Award recognises excellent published work in psychology.

Recipients will be presented with a commemorative certificate.

Categories

Books can be nominated in any of the following categories:

  • Academic monograph
    Defined as - a significant scholarly work, usually by a single author that has contributed to, defined, or redefined an area of psychological knowledge.

  • Practitioner text
    Defined as - a manual, reference, or handbook, that has had a significant impact in promulgating an evidence-based approach in an area of practice of psychology.

  • Textbook
    Defined as - an instructional text or manual on one area of psychological knowledge or on psychology more generally for the purpose of contributing to a course of psychological study that has made a significant impact on the learning and teaching of psychology.

  • Popular science
    Defined as - an exposition of an area of psychology or psychology more generally, written in an accessible way and aimed at the general reader.

Eligibility

  • The author or at least one co-author must be resident in the UK.
  • The book must be published after 1 January 2019.
  • Edited collections of papers are not eligible.
  • Books published by the society under the partnership with Wiley-Blackwell are not eligible.
  • The book must be consistent with the society's guidelines on The Use of Non-Sexist Language (copies of which are available on request).

Nominations

  • Nominators can make up to a maximum of 2 nominations in each category.
  • Nominations can be made by individuals, authors, publishers or their agents
  • Nominations must include the title of the book, the category in which it is being nominated, the name(s) and full contact details (including email address) of the author(s) and the publisher, date of publication and a short statement (not more than one side of A4) explaining why the author(s) should receive the Book Award
  • Copies of at least 2 published, English language, reviews of the book must be included. Please note that if foreign language reviews are submitted, they must be accompanied by an English language transcript
  • Please also note that, in the case of re-submission of a nomination, the reviews provided must have been published in the period following the initial submission
  • Reviews from online journals are acceptable. However, non-peer reviewed ratings e.g. Amazon reviews are not accepted
  • If no books of sufficient merit are nominated within a category, no award will be made
  • Late nominations will not be accepted

Further details, including the criteria can be obtained from [email protected]

This Award opens on the 1st of April each year.

Nominations should be received by 27 May.


2021
Popular Science
Rory O'Connor
When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It 
2021
Textbook
Camilla Gilmore; Silke Goebel; Matthew Inglis
An Introduction to Mathematical Cognition
2021
Academic Monograph
Sarah Riley; Adrienne Evans; Martine Robson
Postfeminism and Health: Critical Psychology and Media Perspectives
2021
Practitioner Text
Maggi Evans; John Arnold; Andrew Rothwell
From Talent Management to Talent Liberation: A Practical Guide for Professionals, Managers and Leaders
2020
Popular Science
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Inventing Ourselves
2020
Textbook
Alexander Haslam, Catherine Haslam, Jolanda Jetten, Tegan Cruwys and Genevieve Dingle
The New Psychology of Health

2019
Popular Science

Alan Baddeley
Working Memories: Postmen, Divers and Cognitive Revolution

2019
Academic Monograph

Elisabeth Murray; Steven Wise & Kim Graham
The Evolution of memory systems: ancestors, anatomy and adaptions

2019
Textbook

Colin Cooper
Psychological Testing: Theory and Practice

2019
Practitioner Text

Jill Boucher
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristics, Causes and Practical Issues

2018
Academic Monograph

Chris Chambers
The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice

2018

Textbook

Jennifer Brown, Yvonne Shell, Terri Cole
Forensic Psychology: Theory, Research, Policy, Practice

2018

Popular Science

Tali Sharot
The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

2017

Academic monograph

Kevin N Laland
Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How culture made the human mind

2017

Practitioner text

Tammi Walker and Graham Towl
Preventing self-injury and suicide in women's prisons

2017

Textbook

Professor Julie Turner-Cobb
Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

2017

Popular science

Barbara J Sahakian and Julia Gottwald
How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds

2016

Academic monograph

Susan Golombok
Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms

2016

Practitioner text

Rudi Coetzer and Ross Balchin
Working with Brain Injury - A Primer for Psychologists Working in Under-Resourced Settings

2016

Textbook

Andrew P. Wickens
A History of the Brain: From Stone Age Surgery to Modern Neuroscience

2016

Popular science

Richard Stephens
Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad

2015

Textbook

Lynne Murray
The Psychology of Babies

2015

Popular science

Michael Bond
The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We do

2014

Textbook

John Cromby, David Harper, and Paula Reavey
Psychology, Mental Health, and Distress

2014

Popular science

Tali Sharot
The Optimism Bias... Why We're Wired to Look on the Bright Side

2013

Academic monograph

Claire Hughes
Social Understanding and Social Lives: From Toddlerhood Through to the Transition to School

2013

Practitioner text

Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Joanna Yarker, and Rachel Lewis
Preventing Stress in Organizations: How to Develop Positive Managers

2013

Textbook

Victoria Clarke, Sonja J. Ellis, Elizabeth Peel, and Damien W. Riggs
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction

2013

Popular science

Claudia Hammond
Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception
2012 Merrin Lazyan, Catherine Collin, Nigel Benson, Joannah Ginsburg, Voula Grand, and Marcus Weeks
The Psychology Book
2011 Vasudevi Reddy
How Infants Know Minds
2010 A review of the award scheme meant that no award was made in 2010
2009 Alan Baddeley
Working Memory, Thought, and Action
2008 Christopher Frith
Making Up the Mind
2007 Andy Field
Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (2nd edn)
2006 Jeffrey Gray
Consciousness: Creeping Up On the Hard Problem
2005 David Milner and Mel Goodale
Sight Unseen
2004 Richard Bentall
Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature
2003 Barbara Wilson
Case Studies in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
2002 Ian J. Deary
Looking Down on Intelligence
2001 Vicki Bruce and Andy Young
In the Eye of the Beholder: the Science of Face Perception
2000 Gerry Altmann
The Ascent of Babel: an Exploration of Language, Mind and Understanding
1999 Dorothy Bishop
Uncommon Understanding: Development and Disorders of Language Comprehension in Children
1998 Adrian Wells and Gerald Matthews
Attention and Emotion: A Clinical Perspective
1997 Richard Byrne
The Thinking Ape
1996 Christopher Frith
The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia
1995 A reorganisation of the timetable of the award meant that no award was made in 1995.
1994 Annette Karmiloff-Smith
Beyond Modularity: A Developmental Perspective on Cognitive Science
1993 Nicholas Humphrey
A History of the Mind
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