Psychology: A Very Short Introduction explores some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance by looking at normal and abnormal behaviour, perception, attention, memory, and intelligence. Psychology is part of everyone's experience: it influences the way we think about everything from education and intelligence, to relationships and emotions, advertising and criminality. People readily behave as amateur psychologists, offering explanations for what we think, feel, and do. But what exactly are psychologists trying to do? What scientific grounding do they have for their approach? Advances in neuroscience and psychology — including evolutionary psychology and cognitive psychology — provide a greater understanding of the workings of the brain and human behaviour.