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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 at the Society's Annual Conference.

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.


  • The author or at least one co-author must be resident in the UK.
  • The book must be published after 1 January 2015.
  • 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).


  • 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.
  • 5 copies of the book should be sent with the nomination.
  • 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 the Policy Administrator.

This Award opens on April 1 and all nominations should be received by midday on 18 May.

Previous recipients

Academic monograph Kevin N Laland
Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How culture made the human mind
Practitioner text Tammi Walker and Graham Towl
Preventing self-injury and suicide in women's prisons
Textbook Professor Julie Turner-Cobb
Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Popular science Barbara J Sahakian and Julia Gottwald
How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds


Academic monograph Susan Golombok
Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms
Practitioner text Rudi Coetzer and Ross Balchin
Working with Brain Injury - A Primer for Psychologists Working in Under-Resourced Settings
Textbook Andrew P. Wickens
A History of the Brain: From Stone Age Surgery to Modern Neuroscience
Popular science Richard Stephens
Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad


Textbook Lynne Murray
The Psychology of Babies
Popular science Michael Bond
The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We do


Textbook John Cromby, David Harper, and Paula Reavey
Psychology, Mental Health, and Distress
Popular science Tali Sharot
The Optimism Bias... Why We're Wired to Look on the Bright Side


Academic monograph Claire Hughes
Social Understanding and Social Lives: From Toddlerhood Through to the Transition to School
Practitioner text Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Joanna Yarker, and Rachel Lewis
Preventing Stress in Organizations: How to Develop Positive Managers
Textbook Victoria Clarke, Sonja J. Ellis, Elizabeth Peel, and Damien W. Riggs
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction
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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