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The All About Psychology Newsletter, August 2010
August 27, 2010

Welcome to the August 2010 issue of the All About Psychology Newsletter.

In This Edition

  • Latest News
  • Facebook Faves

  • Psychology Classics
  • Coming Soon
  • And Finally

  • Latest News

    Psychology Student Survival Guide

    The first edition of the psychology student survival guide is now available. I really hope you find it useful and please feel free to pass it on to anybody who you think might be interested in taking a look.

    I'm still working on a couple of sections that will appear in later editions and I intend to continually improve the guide based on feedback from users. I've created a page over at the main website where people can leave feedback and keep up-to-date by joining the psychology student survival guide mailing list. See following link.

    Psychology Student Survival Guide Page

    I've tried to accommodate as many of your suggestions as possible within the guide. There were a few requests for very specific information which may not appear. Can I suggest that such requests be posted on the psychology Q & A page or over at the facebook page (see following links).

    Psychology Q & A Page

    Psychology facebook Page

    You can read/download the psychology student survival guide via the link below.

    Psychology Student Survival Guide

    Facebook Faves

    I've been overwhelmed in the interest shown in the All About Psychology facebook page - over 5000 followers at the time of writing. Among the most popular posts on the page since the last newsletter were:

    The Remarkable Story of HM: Remembering the man without memory

    Fascinating "All in The Mind" podcast produced by ABC radio in Australia. You can listen to the broadcast via the following link.

    The Remarkable Story of HM

    Learn More About HM

    Another fascinating radio broadcast on HM presented by Claudia Hammond as part of the BBC series on case studies that have made a significant contribution to psychological research.

    HM The Man Who Couldn't Remember

    Vilayanur Ramachandran: A Journey To The Center of Your Mind

    Most popular video post which you can watch Here

    Psychology Classics

    This section of the newsletter points you in the direction of a full text psychology classic that you can read and download courtesy of the All About Psychology website initiative to make important, insightful and engaging public domain works in psychology freely available.

    If you study psychology there is a very good chance that you will be introduced to the theory of cognitive dissonance. This robust theory suggests that a motivational state of inner tension is triggered by logically inconsistent ways of thinking.

    Originally published in the Journal of Abnormal & Social Psychology, Cognitive Consequences of Forced Compliance by Leon Festinger & James Carlsmith was the first of numerous studies to corroborate the theory of cognitive dissonance. The premiss for this classic piece of research was to test what happens to a person's private opinion if he is forced to do or say something contrary to that opinion?

    You can download and read this psychology classic by Clicking Here

    You can access all the classic psychology publications in this series via my Scribd account.

    I will shortly be launching an expert interview section on the website and I'm delighted to announce that my first interviewee will be evolutionary psychology expert Dr David Buss.

    In the meantime, you can find out more about evolutionary psychology via the following link.

    Evolutionary Psychology

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    Food For Thought

    "True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited, but in adversity they come without invitation." (Theophrastus)

    For reading the All About Psychology Newsletter.

    Until next time.

    All the very best

    Dave Webb BSc (hons), MSc

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