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Welcome to The All About Psychology Book of The Month page. Only the most interesting, compelling and downright fascinating books are featured here. Anybody looking for recommended psychology textbooks within specific fields of psychology should visit the appropriate branch of psychology listed on the types of psychology section of the website. 



December 2016



Brain Briefs


Why do we love kitten videos so much? Does time speed up as we get older? Should we play brain games? Can we make ourselves happy? Art Markman and Bob Duke, hosts of the popular Austin-based KUT radio show and podcast Two Guys on Your Head, are here to answer all your questions about how the brain works and why we behave the way we do. Featuring the latest empirical findings, this is science served up in fun and revelatory bite-size bits, along with a complete set of references for further study.


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Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions about Your Mind



November 2016



The Righteous Mind


As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible - challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. 


In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.


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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion



October 2016



Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine


Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? 


Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. 


Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that 'everything’s fine' even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.


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Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine



September 2016



Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness


Our success as a species is built on sociability, so shyness in humans should be an anomaly. But it's actually remarkably common - we all know what it's like to cringe in embarrassment, stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group, or flush with humiliation if we suddenly become the unwelcome center of attention. 


In Shrinking Violets, Joe Moran explores the hidden world of shyness, providing insights on everything from timidity in lemon sharks to the role of texting in Finnish love affairs. As he seeks answers to the questions that shyness poses - Why are we shy? Can we overcome it? Does it define us? - he uncovers the fascinating stories of the men and women who were 'of the violet persuasion', from Charles Darwin to Agatha Christie, and from Tove Jansson to Nick Drake. In their stories - often both heart-breaking and inspiring - and through the myriad ways scientists and thinkers have tried to explain and cure shyness, Moran finds a hopeful conclusion. To be shy, he decides, is not simply a burden - it is also a gift, a different way of seeing the world that can be both enriching and inspiring. 


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Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness



August 2016



Cognitive Illusions: Intriguing Phenomena in Judgement, Thinking and Memory


Cognitive Illusions explores a wide range of fascinating psychological effects in the way we think, judge and remember in our everyday lives. Featuring contributions from leading researchers, the book defines what cognitive illusions are and discusses their theoretical status: are such illusions proof for a faulty human information-processing system, or do they only represent by-products of otherwise adaptive cognitive mechanisms? 


Throughout the book, background to phenomena such as illusions of control, overconfidence and hindsight bias are discussed, before considering the respective empirical research, potential explanations of the phenomenon, and relevant applied perspectives. 


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Cognitive Illusions: Intriguing Phenomena in Judgement, Thinking and Memory



July 2016



Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination


The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination provides a comprehensive and compelling overview of what psychological theory and research have to say about the nature, causes, and reduction of prejudice and discrimination. It balances a detailed discussion of theories and selected research with applied examples that ensure the material is relevant to students. 


Newly revised and updated, this edition addresses several interlocking themes, such as research methods, the development of prejudice in children, the relationship between prejudice and discrimination, and discrimination in the workplace, which are developed in greater detail than in other textbooks. 


An ideal core text for junior and senior college students who have had a course in introductory psychology, it is written in a style that is accessible to students in other fields including education, social work, business, communication studies, ethnic studies, and other disciplines. In addition to courses on prejudice and discrimination, this book is also adapted for courses that cover topics in racism and diversity.  


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Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination



June 2016



Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How To Use It Better


A day doesn't go by without money coming in to our interactions. But how much do we really understand it? We know we need money. We tend to want more of it. But why do we behave so strangely with it? And why does it have such a hold on us? 


Award-winning BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with the stuff is more complex than we might think. Exploring the latest research in psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics, she also reveals some simple and effective tricks that will help you think, use and save money better - from how being grumpy can stop you getting ripped off to why you should opt for the more expensive pain relief and why you should never offer to pay your friends for favours. 


An eye-opening and entertaining investigation into the power money holds over us, Mind Over Money will change the way you view the cash in your wallet and the figures in your bank account forever.   


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Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How To Use It Better




May 2016



Psychophysics: A Practical Introduction by Frederick A.A. Kingdom and Nicolaas Prins




Book Description:


Psychophysics, 2nd Edition: A Practical Introduction is the primary scientific tool for understanding how the physical world of colors, sounds, odors, movements, and shapes translates into the sensory world of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell; in other words, how matter translates into mind.

The new edition continues to be the only book to combine, in a single volume, the principles underlying the science of psychophysical measurement and the practical tools necessary to analyze data from psychophysical experiments. The book, written in a tutorial style, will appeal to new researchers as well as to seasoned veterans. This introduction to psychophysics research methods will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers within sensory neuroscience, vision research, behavioral neuroscience, and the cognitive sciences.


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April 2016



The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self By Anil Ananthaswamy




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Selected by Forbes as a must read brain book, Anil Ananthaswamy’s extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains.

Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelgänger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain.


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March 2016



A Prescription for Psychiatry: Why We Need a Whole New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing By Peter Kinderman




Book Description:


This is a manifesto for an entirely new approach to psychiatric care; one that truly offers care rather than coercion, therapy rather than medication, and a return to the common sense appreciation that distress is usually an understandable reaction to life's challenges.

"Professor Kinderman has spent his career working in our mental health services and has reached the conclusion that in their current form they often do more harm than good. His 'prescription for psychiatry' is either visionary or scandalous, depending on your point of view, but never boring. A must-read for everyone with an interest in mental health." - (Anne Cooke, Canterbury Christ Church University)


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February 2016



Neuropsychology: From Theory to Practice By David Andrewes

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Book Description:


The second edition of this comprehensive textbook for students of Neuropsychology gives a thorough overview of the complex relationship between brain and behaviour. With an excellent blend of clinical, experimental and theoretical coverage, it draws on the latest research findings from neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, neurochemistry, clinical neuropsychology and neuropsychology to provide students with new insights in this fast moving field.

The book is organised around the main neuropsychological disorders in the areas of perception, executive dysfunction, attention, memory, cerebral asymmetry, language, emotion and consciousness. There is a clear emphasis on bridging the gap between theory and practice with links throughout to clinical issues of both assessment and rehabilitation to build a clear understanding of the application of the theoretical issues. The final section in each chapter illustrates the importance of a more systematic approach to intervention, which takes into account theoretical views of recovery from brain damage.


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January 2016



The Biased Mind: How Evolution Shaped our Psychology Including Anecdotes and Tips for Making Sound Decisions By Jerome Boutang and Michel De Lara

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Book Description:


Using a wealth of anecdotes, data from academic literature, and original research, this very accessible little book highlights how we all struggle to cope with the maelstrom of choices, influences and experiences that come our way.

The authors have slogged through piles of dry research papers to provide many wonderful nuggets of information and surprising insights. For example: Why is an upside-down red triangle such a powerful warning sign on the road? What is the best kind of alibi? What makes the number 7 so special? Why is it better to whisper words of love into the left ear?

The reader will discover the amazing tools and shortcuts that millennia of evolution have built into our brains. And this knowledge is power! Knowing more about how the human mind connects the dots helps us understand why decision-making is so tricky. With insights from evolutionary psychology, we become better equipped to understand ourselves and others and to interact and communicate more effectively.


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December 2015



The Science of Attitudes By Joel Cooper, Shane Blackman, Kyle Keller

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Book Description:


The Science of Attitudes is the first book to integrate classic and modern research in the field of attitudes at a scholarly level. Designed primarily for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, the presentation of research will also be useful for current scholars in all disciplines who are interested in how attitudes are formed and changed.

The treatment of attitudes is both thorough and unique, taking a historical approach while simultaneously highlighting contemporary views and controversies. The book traces attitudes research from the inception of scientific study following World War II to the issues and methods of research that are prominent features of today’s research.


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November 2015



Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience By Chris French & Anna Stone

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Book Description:


The science behind claims of alien encounters and visions of ghosts can be even more fascinating than the sensationalist headlines. What leads some people to believe in the paranormal? Why might someone think they have been abducted by aliens? And is there any room for superstition in the modern world of science?

Anomalistic Psychology Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience:

  • Provides a lively and thought-provoking introduction to the psychology underlying paranormal belief and experience.


  • Covers the latest psychological theories and experiments, and examines the science at the heart of the subject.


  • Uses a unique approach to apply different psychological perspectives – including clinical, developmental and cognitive approaches – to shed new light on the key debates.


  • Whether you are a psychology student or simply curious about the paranormal, Anomalistic Psychology is the essential introduction to this contested and controversial field. Belief in the paranormal has been reported in every known society since the dawn of time – find out why.


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    October 2015



    Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking By Richard E. Nisbett

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    Book Description:


    Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more effectively about our behavior and our world. Surprisingly, despite their utility, many of these tools remain unknown to most of us.

    In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard E. Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail. Nisbett has made a distinguished career of studying and teaching such powerful problem-solving concepts as the law of large numbers, statistical regression, cost-benefit analysis, sunk costs and opportunity costs, and causation and correlation, probing the best methods for teaching others how to use them effectively in their daily lives.

    In this groundbreaking book, Nisbett shows us how to frame common problems in such a way that these scientific and statistical principles can be applied to them. The result is an enlightening and practical guide to the most essential tools of reasoning ever developed-tools that can easily be used to make better professional, business, and personal decisions.


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    September 2015



    Psychology and the Conduct of Everyday Life: Edited By Ernst Schraube & Charlotte Højholt

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    Book Description:


    Psychology and the Conduct of Everyday Life moves psychological theory and research practice out of the laboratory and into the everyday world. Drawing on recent developments across the social and human sciences, it examines how people live as active subjects within the contexts of their everyday lives, using this as an analytical basis for understanding the dilemmas and contradictions people face in contemporary society.

    Early chapters gather the latest empirical research to explore the significance of context as a cross-disciplinary critical tool; they include a study of homeless Maori men reaffirming their cultural identity via gardening, and a look at how the dilemmas faced by children in difficult situations can provide insights into social conflict at school. Later chapters examine the interplay between everyday life around the world and contemporary global phenomena such as the rise of the debt economy, the hegemony of the labor market, and the increased reliance on digital technology in educational settings.

    The book concludes with a consideration of how social psychology can deepen our understanding of how we conduct our lives, and offer possibilities for collective work on the resolution of social conflict.


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    August 2015



    So You've Been Publicly Shamed

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    Book Description:


    From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: Shame.

    For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

    Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.


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    July 2015



    Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs By Johann Hari

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    Book Description:


    It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs to uncover its secrets - and he found that there is a startling gap between what we have been told and what is really going on. As strange as it may seem at first, drugs are not what we have been told they are; addiction is not what we think it is; and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens.

    In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his startling discoveries entirely through the true and shocking stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade - while it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

    Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war - in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about the most controversial - and consequential - question of our time.


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    June 2015



    Reasons to Stay Alive By Matt Haig

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    Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

    A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.


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    May 2015



    The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control By Walter Mischel

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    Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.

    A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life?

    The world's leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?

    In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life--from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

    "Walter Mischel is one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, and The Marshmallow Test will make him one of the most influential in this century, too." (Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University.)


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    April 2015



    On This Day in Psychology: A Showcase of Great Pioneers and Defining Moments By David Webb

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    Book Description:


    If you like psychology, you'll love this!

    Documenting a significant person, event or landmark in the history of psychology every day of the year, the aim of this book is to demonstrate that psychology is a discipline bursting with fascinating topics of investigation and scientific research.

    Featuring the life and work of eminent thinkers, revolutionary ideas and groundbreaking publications; you'll find this a thoroughly engaging read whatever your connection with psychology - student, educator, professional or general interest.


    A Passion For Psychology

    Author David Webb is the writer and host of four websites built around his teaching and research interests, including All-About-Psychology.Com which receives over two million visits a year.

    A passionate promoter of psychology through social media his psychology facebook page facebook.com/psychologyonline has over 845,000 likes and he is featured on the British Psychological Society list of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter (twitter.com/psych101)

    His Psychology Student Guide published on the Kindle in 2012 is an International #1 Best Seller.

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    March 2015


    Smart People Don't Diet: How the Latest Science Can Help You Lose Weight Permanently By Charlotte Markey, PH.D.

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    Book Description

    Being on a diet is a miserable experience for most people, and it rarely leads to the desired goal of shedding fat. In fact, studies show that dieters often gain weight rather than lose it because most diets’ intensity, restrictions, and short duration are ill-equipped to produce long-term effects. In Smart People Don’t Diet, Dr. Charlotte N. Markey offers a refreshingly different approach to weight management.

    Based on more than 100 years of research by scientists, doctors, nutritionists, and psychologists, Dr. Markey’s plan addresses the underlying causes of weight gain and offers proven strategies for healthful, lasting weight management, including advice on how to eat well, lose weight, and keep it off. The gimmicks don’t work, but Dr. Markey’s reasonable, accessible advice will help you get - and stay - healthy.

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    February 2015


    The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience By Kent A. Kiehl

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    Book Description

    In The Psychopath Whisperer, Dr. Kent Kiehl describes in fascinating detail his years working with psy­chopaths and studying their thought processes - from the remorseless serial killers he meets with behind bars to children whose behavior and personality traits exhibit the early warning signs of psychopathy.

    To aid in his quest to unravel the psy­chopathic mind, Kiehl created the first mobile functional MRI scanner to study psychopaths in prison populations. The brains of more than five hundred psychopaths and three thousand other offenders have been scanned by Kiehl’s labora­tory - the world’s largest forensic neuroscience repository of its kind. Over the course of The Psy­chopath Whisperer, we follow the scientific bread crumbs that Kiehl uncovered to show that the key brain structures that correspond with emotional engagement and reactions are diminished in psy­chopaths, offering new clues to how to predict and treat the disorder.

    A compelling narrative of cutting-edge science, The Psychopath Whisperer will open your eyes on a fascinating but little understood world, with startling implications for society, the law, and our personal lives.

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    January 2015


    Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character By Jeffrey Froh & Giacomo Bono

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    Book Description

    In Making Grateful Kids, two of the leading authorities on gratitude among young people, Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono, introduce their latest and most compelling research, announce groundbreaking findings, and share real-life stories from adults and youth to show parents, teachers, mentors, and kids themselves how to achieve greater life satisfaction through gratitude. Most importantly perhaps, they expand on this groundbreaking research to offer practical and effec­tive common-sense plans that can be used in day-to-day interactions between kids and adults to enhance success and wellbeing.

    Their unique, scientifically-based approach for producing grateful youth works whether these kids are very young ele­mentary school students or troubled teenagers. Not only does the purposeful practice of gratitude increase their happiness, but the research indicates that grateful kids also report more self-discipline, fulfilling relationships, and engagement with their schools and communities when compared to their less grateful counterparts. After reading Making Grateful Kids, parents, teachers, and anyone who works with youth will be able to connect more mean­ingfully with kids so that all parties can focus on the things that matter most and, in turn, create a more cooperative and thriving society.

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    December 2014


    The Upside of Your Dark Side By Todd Kashdan & Robert Biswas-Diener

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    Book Description

    In The Upside of Your Dark Side, two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions such as anger, anxiety, guilt, and sadness might feel uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful. For instance:

  • Anger fuels creativity
  • Guilt sparks improvement
  • Self-doubt enhances performance
  • In the same vein, we can become wiser and more effective when we harness the darker parts of our personality in certain situations. For instance:

  • Selfishness increases courage
  • Mindlessness leads to better decisions
  • The key lies in what the authors call "emotional, social, and mental agility," the ability to access our full range of emotions and behavior - not just the "good" ones - in order to respond most effectively to whatever situation we might encounter.

    Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples including sports, the military, parenting, education, romance, business, and more, The Upside of Your Dark Side is a refreshing reality check that shows us how we can truly maximize our potential.

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    November 2014


    Great Myths of the Brain By Christian Jarrett

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    Book Description

    In Great Myths of the Brain, Dr. Christian Jarrett introduces readers to the field of neuroscience by examining popular myths about the human brain by:

  • Exploring commonly-held myths of the brain through the lens of scientific research, backing up claims with studies and other evidence from the literature.
  • Looking at enduring myths such as “Do we only use 10% of our brain?”, “Pregnant women lose their mind”, “Right-brained people are more creative” and many more.
  • Delving into myths relating to specific brain disorders, including epilepsy, autism, dementia, and others.
  • Written engagingly and accessibly for students and lay readers alike, Great Myths of the Brain provides a unique introduction to the study of the brain and teaches readers how to spot neuro hype and neuro-nonsense claims in the media.

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    October 2014


    Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil By Paul Bloom

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    From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society—and especially parents—to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality. Drawing on groundbreaking research at Yale, Bloom demonstrates that, even before they can speak or walk, babies judge the goodness and badness of others’ actions; feel empathy and compassion; act to soothe those in distress; and have a rudimentary sense of justice.

    Still, this innate morality is limited, sometimes tragically. We are naturally hostile to strangers, prone to parochialism and bigotry. Bringing together insights from psychology, behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, Bloom explores how we have come to surpass these limitations. Along the way, he examines the morality of chimpanzees, violent psychopaths, religious extremists, and Ivy League professors, and explores our often puzzling moral feelings about sex, politics, religion, and race.

    In his analysis of the morality of children and adults, Bloom rejects the fashionable view that our moral decisions are driven mainly by gut feelings and unconscious biases. Just as reason has driven our great scientific discoveries, he argues, it is reason and deliberation that makes possible our moral discoveries, such as the wrongness of slavery. Ultimately, it is through our imagination, our compassion, and our uniquely human capacity for rational thought that we can transcend the primitive sense of morality we were born with, becoming more than just babies.

    Paul Bloom has a gift for bringing abstract ideas to life, moving seamlessly from Darwin, Herodotus, and Adam Smith to The Princess Bride, Hannibal Lecter, and Louis C.K. Vivid, witty, and intellectually probing, Just Babies offers a radical new perspective on our moral lives.

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    September 2014


    It's a Jungle in There: How Competition and Cooperation in the Brain Shape the Mind By Dr. David Rosenbaum

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    Book Description

    It's a Jungle in There pursues the hypothesis that the overarching theory of biology, Darwin's theory, should be the overarching theory of cognitive psychology. Taking this approach, David Rosenbaum, cognitive psychologist, distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University and former editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, proposes that the phenomena of cognitive psychology can be understood as emergent interactions among dumb neural elements all competing and cooperating in a kind of inner jungle.

    Rosenbaum suggests that this perspective allows for the presentation of cognitive psychology in a new way, both for students (for whom the book is mainly intended) and for seasoned investigators (who may be looking for a fresh way to approach and understand their material). Rather than offering cognitive psychology as a rag-tag collection of miscellaneous facts, as has generally been the case in cognitive-psychology textbooks, this volume presents cognitive psychology under a single rubric: "It's a jungle in there."

    Written in a light-hearted way with continual reference to hypothetical neural creatures eking out their livings in a tough environment, this text is meant to provide an over-arching principle that can motivate more in-depth study of the mind and brain.

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    August 2014


    Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave By Adam Alter

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    Book Description

    A revelatory look at how our environment unconsciously yet dramatically shapes the judgments and decisions we make every day.

    Most of us go through life believing that we are in control of the choices we make—that we think and behave almost independently from the world around us. But as Drunk Tank Pink illustrates, the truth is our environment shapes our thoughts and actions in myriad ways without our permission or even our knowledge. Armed with surprising data and endlessly fascinating examples, Adam Alter addresses the subtle but substantial ways in which outside forces influence us—such as color’s influence on mood, our bias in favor of names with which we identify, and how sunny days can induce optimism as well as aggression.

    Drunk Tank Pink proves that the truth behind our feelings and actions goes much deeper than the choices we take for granted every day.

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    July 2014


    The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking By Oliver Burkeman

    happiness psychology

    Book Description

    In this fascinating new book, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual collection of people – experimental psychologists and Buddhists, terrorism experts, spiritual teachers, business consultants, philosophers – who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life.

    They argue that ‘positive thinking’ and relentless optimism aren’t the solution, but part of the problem. And that there is an alternative, ‘negative path’ to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity and uncertainty – those things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counter-intuitive and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is a celebration of the power of negative thinking.

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    June 2014


    You Are the Music: How Music Reveals What it Means to be Human By Dr. Victoria Williamson

    music psychology

    Book Description

    Do babies remember music from the womb? Can classical music increase your child’s IQ? Is music good for productivity? Can it aid recovery from illness and injury? And what is going on in your brain when Ultravox’s ‘Vienna’, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht or Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Bonkers’ transports you back to your teenage years?

    In a brilliant new work that will delight music lovers of every persuasion, music psychologist Victoria Williamson examines our relationship with music across the whole of a lifetime. Along the way she reveals the amazing ways in which music can physically reshape our brains, explores how ‘smart music listening’ can improve cognitive performance, and considers the perennial puzzle of what causes ‘earworms’.

    Requiring no specialist musical or scientific knowledge, this upbeat, eye-opening book reveals as never before the extent of the universal language of music that lives deep inside us all.

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    May 2014


    Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M. By Dr Suzanne Corkin

    memory

    Book Description

    In 1953, 27-year-old Henry Gustave Molaison underwent an experimental "psychosurgical" procedure - a targeted lobotomy - in an effort to alleviate his debilitating epilepsy. The outcome was unexpected - when Henry awoke, he could no longer form new memories, and for the rest of his life would be trapped in the moment.

    Permanent Present Tense pulls back the curtain on the man whose misfortune propelled a half-century of exciting research. With great clarity, sensitivity, and grace, Professor Suzanne Corkin brings readers to the cutting edge of neuroscience in this deeply felt elegy for her patient and friend.

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    April 2014


    Night School: Wake Up To The Power of Sleep By Richard Wiseman

    sleep

    Book Description

    Professor Richard Wiseman’s latest book, Night School, explores the surprising new science of sleep and dreaming, and reveals how to make the most of the missing third of your life. Based on scientific research, mass-participation experiments and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Night School reveals how to:

  • Get the best night’s sleep of your life
  • Discover what your dreams really mean
  • Learn information and solve problems while you sleep
  • Unlock the creative power of the six-minute nap
  • Banish jet-lag, nightmares and snoring
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    March 2014


    When Depression Hurts Your Relationship By Dr. Shannon Kolakowski, PsyD

    depression

    Book Description

    This highly acclaimed book offers practical and effective solutions for people whose relationships have been affected by depression, it will also help anyone who wishes to strengthen their relationship.

    Editorial Review

    "Kolakowski has written a wonderfully practical book to help people dealing with depression and struggling to preserve their relationships. She integrates her psychology expertise in very simple and easy-to-follow ways. From attachment to coping styles, Kolakowski addresses the psychological aspects of depression that contribute to hurting a relationship, and offers practical and easy exercises to break away from harmful patterns.

    The book is a great resource—not only for people dealing with depression in their relationship, but also for any couple wanting to improve their communication style, add mindfulness in the relationship, and gain sexual intimacy. As a professor and psychologist working with couples, I intend to recommend this book to my psychology students and couples as an easy read and addendum to clinical work."

    Dinelia Rosa, PhD, president-elect of the New York State Psychological Association, director of the Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Columbia University, and adjunct associate professor at the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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    February 2014


    My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time By Lone Frank

    human genome

    Book Description

    What if you could predict your future – which political party you will vote for, what kind of person you will marry, which disease will end your life, whether your blue mood will fester into something more troubling, even debilitating. Would you want to know?

    Internationally acclaimed science writer Lone Frank swabs up her DNA to provide the first truly intimate account of the new science of consumer-les genomics. She challenges the scientists and business mavericks intent on mapping every baby's genome, ponders the consequences of biological fortune-telling, and prods the psychologists who hope to uncover just how much or how little our environment will matter in the new genetic century - a quest made all the more gripping as Frank considers her family's and her own struggles with depression.

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    January 2014


    The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum By Temple Grandin & Richard Panek

    autistic brain

    Book Description

    A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate

    When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution.

    Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn’t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions.

    From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

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    December 2013


    Graduate Study in Psychology 2014: American Psychological Association

    graduate psychology

    Book Description

    Graduate Study in Psychology is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.

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    November 2013


    Positive Neuropsychology: Evidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Cognitive Health Edited By John J. Randolph.

    neuropsychology

    Book Description

    Psychology and many of its subfields have seen a significant shift over the past 10-12 years toward a focus on hope, positive attributes, and character strengths through the positive psychology movement. This book provides a blueprint for a burgeoning subfield in neuropsychology - positive neuropsychology.

    It proposes an alternative, evidence-based perspective on neuropsychology that incorporates positive psychology principles and a focus on promotion of cognitive health. It synthesizes existing research and provides novel perspectives on promotion of cognitive health in clinical, nonclinical, and academic settings. This work is a resource and reference for neuropsychologists, allied professionals, and students who see the critical role neuropsychologists can play in maintaining, promoting, and being mindful of cognitive health.

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    October 2013


    Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights By Gary Klein

    insight

    Book Description

    Insights—like Darwin's understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick's breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA—can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know very little about when, why, or how insights are formed—or what blocks them. In Seeing What Others Don't, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein unravels the mystery.

    Both scientifically sophisticated and fun to read, Seeing What Others Don't shows that insight is not just a "eureka!" moment but a whole new way of understanding.

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    September 2013


    The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It By Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.

    willpower

    Book Description

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.

    Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn:

  • Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.

  • Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health.

  • Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower

  • Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control.

  • Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control.

  • Willpower failures are contagious - you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends - but you can also catch self-control from the right role models.

    In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.

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    August 2013


    Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind By Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennett & Reginald B. Adams Jr.

    psychology of humor

    Book Description

    Some things are funny - jokes, puns, sitcoms, Charlie Chaplin - but why? Why does humor exist in the first place? Why do we spend so much of our time passing on amusing anecdotes, making wisecracks, watching The Simpsons?

    In Inside Jokes, Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams offer an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. Humor, they propose, evolved out of a computational problem that arose when our long-ago ancestors were furnished with open-ended thinking. Mother Nature - aka natural selection - cannot just order the brain to find and fix all our time-pressured misleaps and near-misses. She has to bribe the brain with pleasure. So we find them funny. This wired-in source of pleasure has been tickled relentlessly by humorists over the centuries, and we have become addicted to the endogenous mind candy that is humor.

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    July 2013


    The Psychology of Dexter (Psychology of Popular Culture) Edited By Bella DePaulo PhD

    psychology of dexter

    Book Description

    A great book to add to your summer reading list. In The Psychology of Dexter 17 psychologists and devoted Dexter fans take on the show’s psychological complexities, analyzing not just the title character but also his family, coworkers, and even his viewers.

  • What can we learn about Dexter from the way he captures, kills, and disposes of his victims?
  • We know Dexter is a psychopath . . . don’t we? Without the Code of Harry, would Dexter have ever killed at all?
  • What do Deb’s daddy issues tell us about Dexter—and about Harry?
  • Was Rita a victim or a manipulator?
  • Can Jungian theory explain our fascination with Dexter? And do we need to be worried about our own Dark Passengers?
  • Think you know Dexter? The Psychology of Dexter will make you think again.

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    June 2013


    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking By Susan Cain

    psychology book of the month May 2013

    Book Description

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts - Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak - that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

    In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts - from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions.

    Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

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    May 2013


    Simply Psychology By Michael W. Eysenck

    psychology book of the month May 2013

    Book Description

    Simply Psychology, 3rd Edition, is a reader-friendly and engaging introduction to the key principles of psychology. Organised around the major approaches to the subject, it covers biological, behaviourist, developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, as well as individual differences.

    Supported by a wealth of colour illustrations, it provides students new to the subject with straightforward and clear explanations of all the key topics within contemporary psychology.

    Simply Psychology is ideal for students studying psychology for the first time, as well as those in related fields such as nursing, social work and the social sciences.

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    April 2013


    Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People By Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald

    psychology book of the month April 2013

    Book Description

    I know my own mind.

    I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.

    These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

    “Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

    In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot.

    The title’s “good people” are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions. The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and “outsmart the machine” in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.

    Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.

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    March 2013


    Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception By Claudia Hammond

    psychology book of the month March 2013

    Book Description

    Have you ever tried to spend a day without looking at a clock or checking your watch? It's almost impossible. Time rules our lives, but how much do we understand about it? And is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it?

    Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience and biology, and using original research on the way memory shapes our understanding of time, the acclaimed writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception. Along the way, Claudia introduces us to an extraordinary array of characters willing to go to great lengths in the interests of research, such as the French speleologist Michel, who spends two months in an ice cave in complete darkness. We meet one group of volunteers who steer themselves towards the edge of a stairwell, blindfolded, and another who are strapped into a harness and dropped off the edge of tower block.

    Time Warped shows us how to manage our time more efficiently, speed time up and slow it down at will, plan for the future with more accuracy and, ultimately, use the warping of time to our own advantage.

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    February 2013


    Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes By Maria Konnikova

    psychology book of the month february 2013

    Book Description

    No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home?

    We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the “brain attic” - Holmes’s metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge - Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers.

    For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world’s most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.

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    January 2013


    Teaching Psychology Online: Tips and Strategies for Success By Kelly S. Neff & Stewart I. Donaldson

    psychology book of the month january 2013

    Book Description

    Intended as a resource for psychology educators ranging from teaching assistants to experienced faculty, this book shows readers how to effectively create and manage an online psychology course. Guidelines for preparing courses, facilitating communication, and assigning grades are provided along with activities and assessments geared specifically towards psychology. Pedagogical theories and research are fused with the authors’ teaching experiences to help maximize the reader’s abilities as an online psychology instructor. The book focuses on psychology education at the undergraduate level but it also includes material appropriate for graduate students and professionals. Readers will find helpful examples from all the major content areas including introductory, social, developmental, biological, abnormal, and positive psychology, and human sexuality.

    Every chapter is organized around 3 sections. The Purpose part introduces the key concepts, theory, and research. The Implementation section reviews the ‘nuts and bolts’ of online teaching, and the Troubleshooting section addresses key problems and potential solutions. 'Text boxes' highlight important tips. The website www.TeachingPsychologyOnline.com provides additional tips, links to related articles and other resources, and examples of online psychology assignments from across the discipline. The book addresses: launching your online course; enhancing student/instructor communication; modes of multimedia and how to integrate them into your course including lecture videos, podcasting, blogging, wikis, and social networking sites; creating activities for online courses; assessment and grading; and online education trend including doctoral level education.

    Ideal for instructors teaching any psychology course, from introductory to upper-level undergraduate to graduate courses, this text can be used for developing on line courses in applied areas such as counseling, health, and industrial psychology as well as for courses in social, cognitive, and developmental psychology. Instructors of any technical skill level can use this book, including those familiar with Blackboard to those who are just getting started. Whether you are a seasoned pro or new to teaching psychology online, the tips in this book can help improve your instruction, reduce your prep time, and enhance your students’ success.

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    Special Offer: Psychology Press/Routledge Mental Health are very kindly offering a 20% discount and free shipping on this excellent book until December 31st 2013. Please use discount code ABP20


    December 2012


    A Psychological Analysis of Adolf Hitler By Walter C. Langer

    political psychology classic

    Book Details

    *Newly edited for 2012 and available in paperback for the first time*

    In 1943 William Donovan the director of the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) approached Harvard psychologist Walter Langer and asked him to construct a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler.

    Despite his reservations regarding the reliability of the data upon which his analysis would be based, Langer set about this unprecedented task by putting together a team of psychologists and researchers. Langer and his research team had just five months to produce their findings, in which time they interviewed key informants who knew Hitler personally and drew upon over 1000 pages of background research from a document known as The Hitler Source Book.

    In order to try and understand Hitler as a person and the motivations underlying his actions, Langer presents his psychological profile within five specific sections

    1. Hitler as he believes himself to be.

    2. Hitler as the German people know him.

    3. Hitler as his associated know him.

    4. Hitler as he knows himself.

    5. Psychological analysis and reconstruction.

    Freudianism at its Height

    In constructing a psychological analysis of Hitler, Langer drew heavily upon the ideas of Sigmund Freud, most notably the developmental influence of early childhood experiences. As such the report provides the reader with a fascinating window into the mechanics of Freudian analysis. Among the issues discussed within this paradigm are:

  • Hitler's character as influenced by his father.

  • Hitler's mother and her influence.

  • Hitler's attitude towards love, women and marriage.

  • Hitler's early conflicts expressed in symbolic form.

  • The Messiah Complex.

  • Desire for immortality.

  • Hitler's Sexual development.

  • A Classic in The History of Psychology

    Langer's report on Adolf Hitler not only showcased the dominant discourse of psychological analysis at the time, but it also served as the catalyst for the development of political profiling as a discipline.

    Psychology Gets Political

    Without doubt the greatest legacy of Langer's report was the influence it had on the field of political profiling. Dr Jerrold Post cites Langer's analysis of Hitler as the inspiration for the profiling unit he established at the CIA in the 1970s; which would subsequently go on to profile every important world leader up to and including Saddam Hussein.

    In discussing Langer's psychological profile of Hitler during an interview with the BBC, Post stated:

    "We must understand the leaders we are contending with - you can't deter optimally a leader you don't understand - and to relegate be it a Hitler or a Joseph Stalin or a Saddam Hussein to a crazy evil madman really degrades our capacity to deal with them optimally because we're not thinking about what pushes them, what makes them tick."

    While the value of political profiling remains open to question, the seminal importance of Langer's psychological study of Hitler in influencing the discipline is not.

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    November 2012


    Psychology Student Guide By David Webb

    psychology book of the month october 2012

    Book Description

    International #1 Best Seller!

    Calling all psychology students - you need to read this guide!

    Drawing on the author's experience as both a student and then a University lecturer in Psychology, this guide is designed to inform psychology students at every stage of their educational journey.

    What Psychology Students Are Saying About The Guide:

    "I'm pursuing a degree in psychology - Thanks for making my life easier." (Caroline, United States)

    "This is an excellent guide. It has everything I could possibly ask about psychology and was extremely helpful in my research." (Rebecca, United Kingdom)

    "I am currently studying the Psychology of Criminal Behaviour at University. The Psychology Guide is an excellent resource to have. This will help me a lot with my study, assignments, reports, essays etc. Thank you so much for creating this resource. It is a joy to read." (Liza, Ireland)

    "I started my degree two weeks ago, the guide is a Godsend. THANK-YOU." (Peggy, Australia)

    "This guide is simply amazing. I am a junior in high school considering psychology as a career and this guide truly informed me. Great work!" (Danielle, United States)

    Guide Highlights:

  • Priced super low with students in mind.
  • Contains an invaluable collection of outstanding resources.
  • Provides information on every type of psychology you can think of.
  • Includes detailed guidance notes to help you with your psychology project.
  • Gives you access to free peer reviewed journal articles.
  • Shows you why research methods and statistics should be embraced, not feared.
  • Tells you all you need to know about the study and practice of psychology.
  • Lets you explore the less serious side of psychology.
  • Invites you to connect with thousands of psychology students online.
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    October 2012


    Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

    psychology book of the month

    Book Description

    In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities - and also the faults and biases - of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation - each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

    Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives - and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.

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    September 2012


    Key Studies in Psychology By Richard Gross

    psychology book of the month september 2012

    Book Description

    Psychology is full of agreements and disagreements! Here Richard Gross pairs up 30 studies to show you how the classic theories in Psychology are constantly revisited by modern researchers.

    In a new focus for this 6th edition, the emphasis is on how these classic and contemporary studies relate. From the differences and similarities between them you'll understand not just the studies themselves, but develop the study skills you need to write about Psychology in exams and essays. The aim is to help you understand how specific research and issues fit into the science of Psychology as a whole, and where that science is going.

    Key Studies in Psychology 6th Edition is a life-saver in the sea of Psychological research - grab onto it!

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    August 2012


    Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology Edited By Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn & Jeffrey M. Lohr

    psychology book of the month august 2012

    Book Description

    This is the first major text designed to help professionals and students evaluate the merits of popular yet controversial practices in clinical psychology, differentiating those that can stand up to the rigors of science from those that cannot.

    Leading researchers review widely used therapies for alcoholism, infantile autism, ADHD, and posttraumatic stress disorder; herbal remedies for depression and anxiety; suggestive techniques for memory recovery; and self-help models. Other topics covered include issues surrounding psychological expert testimony, the uses of projective assessment techniques, and unanswered questions about dissociative identity disorder.

    Providing knowledge to guide truly accountable mental health practice, the volume also imparts critical skills for designing and evaluating psychological research programs. It is ideal for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice.

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    July 2012


    The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves By Dan Ariely

    psychology book of the month july 2012

    Book Description

    The New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational

    and The Upside of Irrationality

    returns with thought-provoking work to challenge our preconceptions about dishonesty and urge us to take an honest look at ourselves.

  • Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat?
  • How do companies pave the way for dishonesty?
  • Does collaboration make us more honest or less so?
  • Does religion improve our honesty?
  • Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune, whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, award-winning, bestselling author Dan Ariely turns his unique insight and innovative research to the question of dishonesty.

    Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But Ariely argues, and then demonstrates, that it's actually the irrational forces that we don't take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless puffed résumés, hidden commissions, and knockoff purses. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally. Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of us, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards.

    But all is not lost. Ariely also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives. With compelling personal and academic findings, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty will change the way we see ourselves, our actions, and others.

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    June 2012


    Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World By Sam Sommers

    psychology book of the month june 2012

    Book Description

    An "entertaining and engaging" exploration of the invisible forces influencing your life-and how understanding them can improve everything you do.

    The world around you is pulling your strings, shaping your innermost instincts and your most private thoughts. And you don't even realize it.

    Every day and in all walks of life, we overlook the enormous power of situations, of context in our lives. That's a mistake, says Sam Sommers in his provocative new book. Just as a museum visitor neglects to notice the frames around paintings, so do people miss the influence of ordinary situations on the way they think and act. But frames- situations- do matter. Your experience viewing the paintings wouldn't be the same without them. The same is true for human nature.

    In Situations Matter, Sommers argues that by understanding the powerful influence that context has in our lives and using this knowledge to rethink how we see the world, we can be more effective at work, at home, and in daily interactions with others. He describes the pitfalls to avoid and offers insights into making better decisions and smarter observations about the world around us.

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    May 2012


    Critical Thinking For Psychology: A Student Guide By Mark Forshaw

    psychology book of the month may 2012

    Book Description

    Critical thinking is taught at all universities, often put forward by lecturers as the key skill that can most dramatically improve a student’s understanding of a course and transform their writing. It pervades research methods teaching, critical psychology, and a range of other core curriculum elements, in exactly the same way that critical thinking pervades any discipline, and indeed, life generally.

    But what is it, exactly, and how can we apply it specifically to the field of psychology? In his relaxed and accessible style, Mark Forshaw takes modern real-world examples from psychology and everyday life to lighten the learning of critical thinking, explaining what it entails, why it is important, and how it can be applied to this fascinating field of study.

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    April 2012


    A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers the Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness By Victoria Costello

    psychology book of the month april 2012

    Reviewed by Kaitlin Bell Barnett

    Amidst a flood of memoirs about mental illness, parents’ accounts of their children’s psychiatric struggles have become something of their own subgenre in recent years. Hurry Down Sunshine, Acquainted With The Night, Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, Beautiful Boy, Henry’s Demons - these books and others represent attempts to fathom the unfathomable: How could these parent-authors have let their children sink so low in the first place, and then what can they possibly do to help make the children whole again?

    Screenwriter and author Victoria Costello does some of this soul-searching in her new book, A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers The Science Behind Three Generations of Mental Illness, recounting her two sons’ diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia and depression, respectively, and her own struggle to accept what for years she managed to deny.

    But as the subtitle suggests, Costello uses her two sons’ descent into mental illness as more of a jumping off point than an end in itself, recounting how their diagnoses and suffering sent her on a journey to discover the family’s unrecognized history of mental illness, including her own depression. This includes excavating and reexamining her own interpretations of her father’s alcoholism and her sister’s drug addiction, as well as what she now thinks was her sister’s undiagnosed bipolar disorder. It also leads her on a wild-eyed search through a morass of public records as she tries to uncover scant hints of about her paternal grandfather’s likely depression and suicide.

    A couple of other recent memoirs, including The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance, delve into the author’s family history of mental illness, but Costello goes still one step further, seeking to digest the research into the complex and varied genetic and environmental factors thought to contribute to psychiatric disorders. A Lethal Inheritance distills what Costello deems the most pertinent aspects of this large and wide-ranging body of research, which in its most simplified form can be boiled down to the equation genes x environment = risk. Later in the book, she explains how parents of children with a heavy genetic predisposition can mitigate their risk with preventive measures and early interventions.

    Costello makes an impassioned argument for knowing one’s family history of mental illness, much as one might gather information about cancer, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. Amazingly, she notes, this information is not part of routine psychiatric diagnostic screenings. As such, it’s up to individuals to know their own family histories, even if this means being “thrust into the role of sleuths,” and coming up against family members’ reluctance to disclose family secrets or discuss uncomfortable topics. But gathering such information is vital, Costello argues, because for children with a family history of mental illness, early signs of dysfunction are usually not “just a phase,” but, rather, portents of worse suffering ahead.

    Had Costello been armed with such knowledge, she would have intervened earlier and more forcefully with her own boys. She spends a considerable portion of the book’s first third discussing her older son’s psychotic break and subsequent diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia at 18, then retracing his gradual, years-long disintegration, which included withdrawn, delinquent behavior and drug use starting in his early teens. She and her husband didn’t ignore these signs of dysfunction, but, she says, they were too primed by cultural tropes emphasizing teenager delinquency to recognize them as signs of future mental illness, rather than simply ornery behavior. Her younger son, meanwhile, “her little prince,” became a master of pleasing her and hiding his feelings, so that his own depressive breakdown several years after his brother’s came as a complete surprise. Costello devotes a scant dozen pages to his problems, perhaps because the topic of teen depression is more well-worn territory than that of pre-psychosis, and perhaps, I suspect, because he was less comfortable being written about in detail.

    Costello’s experiences with her sons make her a staunch advocate of early intervention, especially for children with family histories of mental illness, which is likely to grow “more virulent and dangerous with each passing generation.”

    Yet, she realizes that early intervention, especially when it involves medication, is highly controversial - and she acknowledges, citing her younger son’s case, that getting the right kind of intervention is also key (he spent two years on antidepressants at the end of high school to no effect and ultimately suffered a breakdown that forced him to leave college).

    Driven by curiosity over what she might have done to help prevent her older son’s first psychotic break, Costello provides a detailed, skillful and measured account of the state of the research regarding treatment of pre-psychosis. This research is investigating ways to ward off the small, intermittent breaks with reality that occur in vulnerable young people before they progress to full-blown psychosis, but it has come under fire because of its potential to treat patients who will never become psychotic and its use of powerful antipsychotic medications in people who do not meet the traditional criteria for psychosis.

    Though Costello believes in early interventions, she clearly sees the benefits of treatment at any age. She is finally forced to confront her own, lifelong depression. After her older son is diagnosed and her considerable powers of denial are worn away by exhaustion and worry, she reconsiders her years-long resistance to psychopharmaceutical treatment.

    She experiences a dramatic turnaround on antidepressants and commits to taking medication long-term, something that is advised for people who have suffered as many breakdowns as she has. (She wisely notes, however, that “this is not one-size-fits-all-science,” but, rather, a matter of sustained trial and error until more sophisticated tests for genes and biomarkers move from the lab to the exam room).

    In the course of reexamining her own illness, Costello also changes her attitude toward therapy, adapting a more pragmatic approach. In the past, for reasons she doesn’t discuss but which we can surmise might be related to her divorce and perhaps her sister’s premature death after complications from a drug overdose, Costello had spent years in traditional psychodynamic therapy without making progress or experiencing any relief from her chronic dysthymia or recurrent episodes of major depression. Therapy, she later concludes, should be time-limited and result-oriented. It should not become a “career.”

    Costello has mastered an impressively large body of research concerning the familial transmission of mental illness. She tends to go for depth over breadth, reviewing certain influential longitudinal studies in detail rather than focusing on metaanalyses or summing up the state of the knowledge in a particular area. Researchers and clinicians may appreciate this attention to detail, though I suspect parents and lay readers may crave a bit more generalization, not only in the sections advising them on interventions, where she provides a helpful overview, but also in the sections discussing the state of the science.

    Research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder predominates, in part, I suspect, because there is somewhat more information about genetic transmission of these conditions than in disorders not involving psychosis and mania. Costello’s brief treatment of the influence maternal depression has on children’s mood and behavior is fascinating, as is her discussion of research indicating suicide is preventable, since both topics are rarely discussed in the mainstream press.

    Costello has taken on an important and technically complex subject, one badly in need of exploration and explanation for a popular audience. She does an impressive job with a diverse array of characters and topics covering a vast territory and spanning continents and generations.

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    Kaitlin Bell Barnett writes about youth and mental health on her blog My Meds, My Self on PsychCentral.com. Her book Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up

    releases April/2012.


    March 2012


    The Psychology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    psychology book of the month march 2012

    Book Description

    A great book that combines both style and substance throughout. Written in a clear, concise and highly accessible manner, The Psychology Book guides the reader through the origins, seminal ideas and major schools of thought that have shaped the identity of the discipline.

    Beginning with a thorough account of psychology's philosophical roots, followed by insightful chapters on behaviorism, psychotherapy, cognitive/social/developmental psychology and the psychology of difference; the reader will find The Psychology Book engaging whatever their connection with the subject - student, educator, professional or general interest.

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    February 2012


    Psychology: Modules for Active Learning By Dennis Coon & John O. Mitter

    psychology book of the month february 2012

    Book Description

    This best-selling text by renowned author and educator Dennis Coon and John O. Mitterer, combines the highly effective SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Reflect, Review) active learning system, an engaging style and appealing visuals, and detailed coverage of core topics and cutting-edge research in one remarkable, comprehensive text.

    Fully updated and reorganized, this edition includes new and revised content, extensive special features, and learning tools integrated throughout the text. While the text provides a thorough introduction to the study of psychology, its modular design and emphasis on how psychology relates to everyday life make it easy for students to explore, enjoy, and ultimately master a wide variety of topics.

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    January 2012


    Graduate Study in Psychology 2012: American Psychological Association

    psychology book of the month january 2012

    Book Description

    Graduate Study in Psychology 2012 is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.

    This extremely useful resource contains information about

  • Number of applications received by a program.
  • Number of individuals accepted in each program.
  • Dates for applications and admission.
  • Types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, documentation concerning volunteer or clinical experience, etc.)
  • In-state and out-of-state tuition costs.
  • Availability of internships and scholarships.
  • Employment information of graduates.
  • Orientation and emphasis of departments and programs.
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    December 2011


    The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power By S. Alexander Haslam, Stephen D. Reicher and Michael J. Platow

    psychology book of the month december 2011

    Book Description

    Shortlisted for the British Psychological Society Book Award 2011!

    According to John Adair, the most important word in the leader's vocabulary is "we" and the least important word is "I". But if this is true, it raises one important question: why do psychological analyses of leadership always focus on the leader as an individual - as the great "I"?

    One answer is that theorists and practitioners have never properly understood the psychology of "we-ness". This book fills this gap by presenting a new psychology of leadership that is the result of two decades of research inspired by social identity and self-categorization theories. The book argues that to succeed, leaders need to create, champion, and embed a group identity in order to cultivate an understanding of 'us' of which they themselves are representative. It also shows how, by doing this, they can make a material difference to the groups, organizations, and societies that they lead.

    Written in an accessible and engaging style, the book examines a range of central theoretical and practical issues, including the nature of group identity, the basis of authority and legitimacy, the dynamics of justice and fairness, the determinants of followership and charisma, and the practice and politics of leadership.

    The book will appeal to academics, practitioners and students in social and organizational psychology, sociology, political science and anyone interested in leadership, influence and power.

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    November 2011


    The Student’s Guide to Social Neuroscience By Jamie Ward

    psychology book of the month november 2011

    Book Description

    Social Neuroscience is an expanding field which, by investigating the neural mechanisms that inform our behaviour, explains our ability to recognize, understand, and interact with others. Concepts such as trust, revenge, empathy, prejudice and love are now being explored and unraveled by the methods of neuroscience.

    The first book of its kind, this engaging and cutting-edge text is an ideal introduction to the methods and concepts of Social Neuroscience for undergraduate and postgraduate students in fields such as psychology and neuroscience. Each chapter is richly illustrated in attractive full-color with figures, boxes and 'real-world' implications of research. Several pedagogical features help students engage with the material, including essay questions; summary and key points; further reading; and a website with glossary, practice multiple-choice questions and active reference links.

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    October 2011


    Personality Psychology: Foundations and Findings By Marianne Miserandino

    psychology book of the month october 2011

    Book Description

    Personality Psychology is an undergraduate textbook for personality psychology: the study of individual differences, for identifying ways in which people are both similar and different and for explaining how they became that way.

    Written with an approachable, story-telling style, the author presents an evidence-based text with integrated culture references and the key building blocks of the subject matter: genetics, neuroscience, and cognition.

    The author Marianne Miserandino is an APA-award winning teacher and has placed learning tools such as self-assessments within each chapter that guide students into a complete understanding throughout the text.

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    September 2011


    The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us by James W. Pennebaker

    Book Description

    In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics-in essence, counting the frequency of words we use-to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints.

    Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers-or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself-to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader's use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You'll learn why it's bad when politicians use "we" instead of "I," what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge's syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying-whether we mean them to or not.

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    August 2011


    Cultural Issues in Psychology by Andrew Stevenson

    Book Description

    Does our cultural background influence the way we think and feel about ourselves and others? Does our culture affect how we choose our partners, how we define intelligence and abnormality and how we bring up our children? Psychologists have long pondered the relationship between culture and a range of psychological attributes. Cultural Issues In Psychology is an all round student guide to the key studies, theories and controversies which seek to explore human behaviour in a global context.

    The book explores key controversies in global psychology, such as:

  • Culture: what does it mean and how has it been researched?
  • Relativism and universalism: are they compatible approaches in global research?
  • Ethnocentrism: is psychological research dominated by a few regions of the world?
  • Indigenous psychologies: what are the diverse research traditions from around the world?
  • Research methods and perspectives: how can we compare and contrast cross-cultural psychology and cultural psychology?
  • The book also includes detailed examinations of global research into mainstream areas of psychology, such as social, cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as abnormal psychology.

    With insightful classroom activities and helpful pedagogical features, this detailed, yet accessibly written book gives introductory-level psychology students access to a concise review of key research, issues, controversies and diverse approaches in the area of culture and psychology.

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    July 2011


    Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There by Richard Wiseman

    Book Description

    Psychologist Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing, paranormal phenomena don't exist. But in the same way space travel yields technology that transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs.

    Paranormality explores this new science of the supernatural and is packed with activities that allow you to experience the impossible. Would you like to control your dreams and leave your body, convince strangers that you know all about them, and unleash the power of your unconscious mind? Then throw away your crystals and ditch your lucky charms. It is time to discover the real secrets of the paranormal.

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    June 2011


    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

    Book Description

    If the conscious mind - the part you consider to be you - is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?

    In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Why do you hear your name being mentioned in a conversation that you didn’t think you were listening to? What do Ulysses and the credit crunch have in common? Why did Thomas Edison electrocute an elephant in 1916? Why are people whose names begin with J more likely to marry other people whose names begin with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And how is it possible to get angry at yourself - who, exactly, is mad at whom?

    Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

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    May 2011


    How To Think Straight About Psychology by Keith Stanovich

    Book Description

    Keith Stanovich's widely used and highly acclaimed book helps students become more discriminating consumers of psychological information, helping them recognize pseudoscience and be able to distinguish it from true psychological research.

    How To Think Straight About Psychology also helps instructors teach critical thinking skills within the rich context of psychology. It is the leading text of its kind.

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    How To Think Straight About Psychology (9th Edition)

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    April 2011


    The Rough Guide to Psychology by Dr Christian Jarrett

    Book Description

    "The Rough Guide to Psychology" looks at the question psychologists have been asking for over a hundred years - why are we the way we are? It starts with you, your mind and brain, broadening out to look at your friends and other relationships, then finally on to crowds, mobs and religion. It explores the latest research relevant to crime, schooling, sport, politics, shopping and health, and what happens when the mind goes wrong, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and more unusual conditions.

    "The Rough Guide to Psychology" includes fascinating information on real-life psychology, testing your memory, intelligence, personality and much more, with advice on everything from chat-up lines to developing your creativity. "The Rough Guide to Psychology" is your ultimate guide to this fascinating subject.

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    March 2011


    Clinician's Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports by Edward L. Zuckerman

    Book Description

    The Clinician's Thesaurus is an indispensable practitioner resource and course text. It presents thousands of standard words, phrases, clinical tips, and interview questions to help practitioners conduct thorough assessments, accurately describe nearly any clinical situation, and shape clinical observations into effective reports.

    Finding exactly the right terminology can save hours of paperwork time and improve the quality of documentation. Structured to follow the sequence of a mental health evaluation, the book includes report formats, treatment planning pointers, all DSM-IV-TR and ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes, and much more—all in a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding.

    New To The 7th Edition

  • References, resources, and diagnostic and treatment information are thoroughly updated.
  • Additional clinical problems: reactive attachment disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and varieties of violent behaviors.
  • Sections on strengths assessment and ethical considerations in report writing.
  • More online resources, including where to obtain free assessment measures and scales.
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    Clinician's Thesaurus, 7th Edition: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports

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    February 2011


    Most Underappreciated: 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work by Robert Arkin (editor)

    Book Description

    Fifty of today's most prominent social psychologists describe their scholarship, focusing on the human and personal side of the "life of the mind." Each author spotlights his or her least appreciated work, and discusses theory, methods, findings, or application. The contributors also use this opportunity to provide the context behind their work.

    Some authors describe their mentors, the influential figures who led them to certain areas of research. Others offer advice to young researchers who are just entering the field and who can learn from their predecessors' mistakes and miscalculations. These contributors address issues like how to prepare for, and make the most of, a professorship in a liberal arts college context, and how to frame a research question, title an article, handle a controversy, pursue a passion, devise a method, think about a meta-analysis, and write persuasively. Still others discuss what makes their research important to them and to the field, describing the impact of their work on their own future research agendas.

    In fifty engaging and succinct essays, these eminent psychologists pull back the curtain on their professional lives. Their stories are personal and touch on relationships, passion for ideas, and the emotional highs and lows of academic life. This book is a truly unique glimpse behind scenes of social psychology and the people who have advanced the field.

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    January 2011


    Graduate Study in Psychology 2011: American Psychological Association

    Book Description

    Graduate Study in Psychology 2011 is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.

    Graduate Study in Psychology 2011 contains information about:

  • Number of applications received by a program
  • Number of individuals accepted in each program
  • Dates for applications and admission
  • Types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendation
  • Documentation concerning volunteer or clinical experience
  • In-state and out-of-state tuition costs
  • Availability of internships and scholarships
  • Employment information of graduates
  • Orientation and emphasis of departments and programs
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    December 2010


    The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks

    Book Description

    In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. For all of these people, the challenge is to adapt to a radically new way of being in the world.

    There is Lilian, a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects, and Sue, a neurobiologist who has never seen in three dimensions, until she suddenly acquires stereoscopic vision in her fifties.

    There is Pat, who reinvents herself as a loving grandmother and active member of her community, despite the fact that she has aphasia and cannot utter a sentence, and Howard, a prolific novelist who must find a way to continue his life as a writer even after a stroke destroys his ability to read.

    And there is Dr. Sacks himself, who tells the story of his own eye cancer and the bizarre and disconcerting effects of losing vision to one side.

    Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes—people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by “tongue vision.” He also considers more fundamental questions: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery—or vision, for that matter? Why is it that, although writing is only five thousand years old, humans have a universal, seemingly innate, potential for reading?

    The Mind’s Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person’s eyes, or another person’s mind.

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    November 2010


    The Psychologist's Companion: A Guide to Writing Scientific Papers for Students and Researchers by Robert J. Sternberg & Karin Sternberg

    Book Description

    The Psychologist's Companion is intended for students as well as young professionals and writers at all stages of their careers seeking inspiration and guidelines for better scientific writing. This book is also a resource for researchers in related fields. It has been comprehensively updated, revised, and extended for its fifth edition and includes the latest style guidelines of the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual (sixth edition, 2009) as well as chapters encompassing the entire research process from doing literature research and planning an experiment to writing the paper.

    The book features new chapters on literature research; ethics; and generating, evaluating, and selling ideas. The Psychologist's Companion also provides information on writing book proposals, grant proposals, and lectures.

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    October 2010


    The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases by Dr. Gary Small & Gigi Vorgan

    Book Description

    True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After thirty distinguished years of psychiatry and groundbreaking research on the human brain, Dr. Small has seen it all - now he is ready to open his office doors for the first time and tell all about the most mysterious, intriguing, and bizarre patients of his career.

    The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is a spellbinding record of the doctor's most bewildering cases, from naked headstands and hysterical blindness to fainting schoolgirls and self-amputations. It is an illuminating journey into the mind of a practicing psychiatrist and his life in medicine as it evolves over time—a behind-the-scenes look at the field and a variety of mental diseases as they've never been seen or diagnosed before. You'll find yourself exploring the puzzling eccentricities that make us human.

    Often funny, sometimes tragic, and always compelling, Dr. Small takes you on a tour of his career that moves from the halls of a crowded inner-city Boston emergency room to the multimillion-dollar ski lodges of the nation's elite. In between, Dr. Small introduces a strange cast of true-life characters and conditions, while dealing with mysterious hysterical blindness, a man convinced that his penis is shrinking, secret double lives, and frighteningly psychotic romantic desires. His career and personal life come full circle when his own mentor becomes his patient, making Small realize that no one is beyond mental exploration—not even himself.

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    September 2010


    Classic Case Studies in Psychology by Geoff Rolls

    Book Description

    Have you heard about the man who lived with a hole in his head? Or the boy raised by his parents as a girl? From the woman with multiple personalities, to the man with no brain, this collection of case studies provides a compelling insight into the human mind.

    This is a fascinating collection of human stories. Some are well-known case studies that have informed clinical practice, others are relatively unknown. For this edition, Rolls has added recent research findings on each case study plus four brand new cases: the story of Washoe, the ape who could communicate; the much debated case of Holly Ramona and repressed memory; and Kim Peek, the real 'Rainman'.

    Classic Case Studies in Psychology is for everyone who has ever wondered about the stranger side of life. No prior knowledge of psychology is required, just an open mind. Prepare to be amazed.

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    August 2010


    How The Mind Works by Steven Pinker

    Book Description

    The Pulitzer Prize finalist and national bestseller How the Mind Works is a fascinating, provocative work exploring the mysteries of human thought and behavior. How do we see in three dimensions? How do we remember names and faces? How is it, indeed, that we ponder the nature of our own consciousness? Why do we fall in love?

    In this bold, extraordinary book, Pinker synthesizes the best of cognitive science and evolutionary biology to explain what the mind is, how it has evolved, and, ultimately, how it works.

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    July 2010


    How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom

    Book Description

    In How Pleasure Works, Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom draws on groundbreaking research to unveil the deeper workings of why we desire what we desire. Refuting the longstanding explanation of pleasure as a simple sensory response, Bloom shows us that pleasure is grounded in our beliefs about the deeper nature or essence of a given thing. This is why we want the real Rolex and not the knockoff, the real Picasso and not the fake, the twin we have fallen in love with and not her identical sister.

    In this fascinating and witty account, Bloom draws on child development, philosophy, neuroscience, and behavioral economics in order to address pleasures noble and seamy, highbrow and lowbrow. Along the way, he gives us unprecedented insights into a realm of human psychology that until now has only been partially understood.

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    June 2010


    Experiments With People: Revelations From Social Psychology by Robert P. Abelson, Kurt P. Frey & Aiden P. Gregg

    Book Description

    Experiments With People showcases 28 intriguing studies that have significantly advanced our understanding of human thought and social behavior. These studies, mostly laboratory experiments, shed light on the irrationality of everyday thinking, the cruelty and indifference of 'ordinary' people, the operation of the unconscious mind, and the intimate bond between the self and others. This book tells the inside story of how social psychological research gets done and why it matters.

    Each chapter focuses on the details and implications of a single study, but cites related research and real-life examples. All chapters are self-contained, allowing them to be read in any order. Each chapter is divided into:

  • Background: Provides the rationale for the study.
  • What They Did: Outlines the design and procedure used.
  • What They Found: Summarizes the results obtained.
  • So What? Articulates the significance of those results.
  • Afterthoughts: Explores the broader issues raised by the study.
  • Revelation: Encapsulates the 'take-home message' of each chapter.

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    May 2010


    The Story of Psychology by Morton Hunt

    Book Description

    Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Mesmer, William James, Pavlov, Freud, Piaget, Erikson, and Skinner. Each of these thinkers recognized that human beings could examine, comprehend, and eventually guide or influence their own thought processes, emotions, and resulting behavior.

    The lives and accomplishments of these pillars of psychology, expertly assembled by Morton Hunt, are set against the times in which the subjects lived. Hunt skillfully presents dramatic and lucid accounts of the techniques and validity of centuries of psychological research, and of the methods and effectiveness of major forms of psychotherapy.

    Fully revised, and incorporating the dramatic developments of the last fifteen years, The Story of Psychology is a graceful and absorbing chronicle of one of the great human inquiries - the search for the true causes of our behavior.

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    April 2010


    How To Do Research: A Psychologist's Guide by Jonathan St B T Evans

    Book Description

    Despite the existence of a large number of research methods textbooks, until now there has not been one offering coherent discussion of or clearly outlining a 'strategy' for research. How to do Research is intended to decisively redress this imbalance.

    Offering practical advice on all methodological aspects of research from literature review and interpretation of findings - to development of theories, writing and publication, this book also provides a consideration of the major conceptual aspects of conducting research. The whole process of research, from philosophical underpinnings to key concepts in implementation, is critically examined and practical advice provided.

    This book will be a useful resource for post-graduate students, at both MA and PhD level, for anyone in the early years of an academic career and for those carrying out research for the first time.

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    March 2010


    Public Speaking for Psychologists: A Lighthearted Guide to Research Presentations, Job Talks, and Other Opportunities to Embarrass Yourself by David B. Feldman & Paul J. Silvia

    Book Description

    Public speaking is one of the most common fears. Few people look forward to talking in front of others and even fewer do it as effectively as they could. A career in psychology and its related fields involves extensive public speaking, so you will need to learn to do it well. With time and practice, you too can become a confident and effective presenter. "Public Speaking for Psychologists" is a practical and lighthearted guide to planning, designing, and delivering a presentation.

    The first half of the book covers the nuts-and-bolts of public speaking: preparing a talk, submitting an abstract, developing your slides, managing anxiety, handling questions, and preventing public-speaking disasters. The second half applies these tips to common presentations, such as research talks, poster presentations, job talks, and talks to lay audiences. Throughout the book, the authors - both experienced presenters - offer realistic advice, useful tips, and humorous stories of embarrassing mistakes they'll never make again.

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    February 2010


    50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio & Barry L. Beyerstein

    Book Description

    50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping students and laypersons to distinguish science from pseudoscience:

  • Uses common myths as a vehicle for exploring how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology
  • Explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as “opposites attract,” “people use only 10% of their brains,” and handwriting reveals your personality
  • Provides a “mythbusting kit” for evaluating folk psychology claims in everyday life
  • Teaches essential critical thinking skills through detailed discussions of each myth
  • Includes over 200 additional psychological myths for readers to explore
  • Features a postscript of remarkable psychological findings that sound like myths but that are true
  • Engaging and accessible writing style that appeals to students and lay readers alike
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    January 2010


    Graduate Study in Psychology 2010: American Psychological Association

    Book Description

    Graduate Study in Psychology is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.

    Graduate Study in Psychology contains information about:

  • Number of applications received by a program
  • Number of individuals accepted in each program
  • Dates for applications and admission
  • Types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.)
  • In-state and out-of-state tuition costs
  • Availability of internships and scholarships
  • Employment information of graduates
  • Orientation and emphasis of departments and programs
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    December 2009


    Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V.S Ramachandran & Sandra Blakeslee

    Book Description

    Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments; using such low-tech tools as cotton swabs, glasses of water and dime-store mirrors.

    In Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran recounts how his work with patients who have bizarre neurological disorders has shed new light on the deep architecture of the brain, and what these findings tell us about who we are, how we construct our body image, why we laugh or become depressed, why we may believe in God, how we make decisions, deceive ourselves and dream, perhaps even why we're so clever at philosophy, music and art. Some of his most notable cases:

    A woman paralyzed on the left side of her body who believes she is lifting a tray of drinks with both hands offers a unique opportunity to test Freud's theory of denial.

    A man who insists he is talking with God challenges us to ask: Could we be "wired" for religious experience?

    A woman who hallucinates cartoon characters illustrates how, in a sense, we are all hallucinating, all the time.

    Dr. Ramachandran's inspired medical detective work pushes the boundaries of medicine's last great frontier - the human mind - yielding new and provocative insights into the "big questions" about consciousness and the self.

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    November 2009


    The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View by Laura King

    Book Description

    The Science of Psychology: An Appreciative View by Laura King (University of Missouri at Columbia) is the first text to bring a truly appreciative view of psychology as a science and for exploring behavior to introductory students. It is built around the idea that students must study the discipline of psychology as a whole, that the sub-disciplines are intricately connected, and that human behavior is best understood by exploring its functioning state in addition to its potential dysfunctions.

    For example, imagine that you have been asked to create a science of "watchology." You have two watches that both have had the unfortunate "trauma" of being left in the pocket of someone's jeans through the washer and dryer. One watch has suffered the worst possible fate-it no longer tells time. The other has emerged from the traumatic event still ticking. Which watch would you use to develop your new science of watchology? Clearly, the working watch will help you understand watches better than the broken one.

    What does watchology have to do with psychology? Quite simply, in psychology as in watchology, it makes sense to start with what works: to gain a general understanding of human behavior and then apply that knowledge to those who have emerged from life's experiences in dysfunction.

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    October 2009


    Your Career in Psychology: Putting Your Graduate Degree to Work by Stephen F. Davis, Peter J. Giordano & Carolyn A. Licht

    Book Review by Kenneth D. Keith (University of San Diego )

    Your Career in Psychology is the kind of book many, if not most, psychologists, whether teachers, researchers, or practitioners, might have wished for when they were setting out. The editors, experienced psychologists themselves, have assembled a wonderfully diverse group of authors who provide honest, witty, and practical advice to readers contemplating new careers or career changes within the field.

    They discuss the obvious topics, like teaching roles, private practice, and job finding; and they take on the less pleasant prospects, such as what to do about student loans. From working effectively with mentors to being a good campus citizen, there is something here for anyone serious about psychology as a career field. The advice and counsel comes from psychologists whose wide-ranging experience will prove useful, not only to those seeking or changing careers, but to those of us engaged in teaching the next generation.

    This is an excellent collection of interesting, successful authors who have ‘been there and done that.’ Readers will find a wealth of useful ideas and pointers.

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    September 2009


    Classic Experiments in Psychology by Douglas Mook

    Book Description

    The typical survey course in psychology has time for only limited presentation of the research on which our knowledge is based. This book presents, in more depth than textbook treatment permits, the background, conduct, and implications of a selection of classic experiments in psychology. The selection is designed to be diverse, showing that even for research in vastly different areas of study, the logic of research remains the same; as do its traps and pitfalls.

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    August 2009


    Getting In: A Step-By-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology by The American Psychological Association

    Book Description

    Getting In: A Step-By-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology, Second Edition is an update of the American Psychological Association's essential resource for anyone considering graduate study in psychology. This handy, readable book simplifies the process for applicants and increases their chances of being accepted. Useful timelines, tips, and tools break the tasks into manageable steps and help readers define their goals, select programs, and navigate the application process.

    A monthly timetable and detailed worksheets for selecting the best program matches are included, and a resource section provides a list of publications and organizations that are useful in the various phases of applying. Readers will learn what criteria admissions committees use to evaluate applicants, how to improve their qualifications, and how to showcase their talents in personal essays, letters of recommendations, and preselection interviews.

    The costs of a graduate education and financial aid information specific to graduate students are also discussed. Members of special populations, such as women, ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian applicants, and applicants with disabilities will find resources and guidance particular to their needs. While applying to graduate school can be challenging, this book demystifies the process and allays students' concerns about how to tackle it.

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    July 2009


    Critical Thinking in Psychology by Robert J. Sternberg, Henry L. Roediger & Diane F. Halpern

    Book Description

    Good scientific research depends on critical thinking at least as much as factual knowledge; psychology is no exception to this rule. And yet, despite the importance of critical thinking, psychology students are rarely taught how to think critically about the theories, methods, and concepts they must use.

    This book shows students and researchers how to think critically about key topics such as experimental research, statistical inference, case studies, logical fallacies, and ethical judgments.

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    June 2009


    Fool's Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology by Stewart Justman

    Book Review By Kenneth Siber From Scientific American

    The genre of psychological self-help books has grown tremendously, and authors such as Dr. Phil (McGraw), Wayne Dyer and John Gray are repeat visitors to the best-seller lists. Such popularity poses a paradox, though: If the books really worked, why would readers need to keep buying them? In the erudite yet lively Fool’s Paradise, literary scholar Stewart Justman argues that pop psychology texts are ineffective because, among other things, they encourage people to hyperfocus on their own emotional states.

    The literature is rife with supposed success stories about people overcoming negative emotions and behaviors, many of which are suspiciously sketchy and formulaic. Loose or out-of-context quotations from serious literary and philosophical works are another ill staple of the genre. Citing more than 40 guidebooks, he shows that the field’s problems are serious indeed.

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    May 2009


    Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior with Concept Maps and Reviews by by Dennis Coon & John O. Mitterer

    Book Description

    Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior attracts and holds the attention of even difficult-to-reach students. The Twelfth Edition's hallmark continues to be its pioneering integration of the proven-effective SQ4R learning system (Survey, Question, Read, Reflect, Review, Recite), which promotes critical thinking as it guides students step-by-step to an understanding of psychology's broad concepts and diversity of topics.

    Throughout every chapter, these active learning tools together with the book's example-laced writing style, discussions of positive psychology, cutting-edge coverage of the field's new research findings, and excellent media resources ensure that students find the study of psychology fascinating, relevant, and above all, accessible.

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    April 2009


    Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists by Dr. Celia B. Fisher

    Book Description

    Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists introduces those in psychology and related fields to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. The book helps psychologists apply the Ethics Code to the constantly changing scientific, professional, and legal realities of the discipline.

    Author Celia B. Fisher addresses the revised format, choice of wording, aspirational rationale, and enforceability of the code and puts these changes into practical perspective for psychologists. Her book provides in-depth discussions of the foundation and application of each ethical standard to the broad spectrum of scientific, teaching, and professional roles of psychologists. This unique guide helps psychologists effectively utilize ethical principles and standards to morally conduct their work activities, avoid ethical violations, and, most importantly, preserve and protect the fundamental rights and welfare of those with whom they serve.

    This insider’s guide is an essential resource for new and established mental health practitioners. Graduate students of psychology will find this core text a valuable source of information on ethics in psychology.

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    March 2009


    Essentials of Understanding Psychology by Robert Feldman

    Book Description

    Essentials of Understanding Psychology guides students through Introductory Psychology concepts in an accessible manner, bringing comprehension of difficult material into the grasp of all students because when students understand psychology, they learn psychology. The thoroughly revised Eighth Edition integrates a variety of elements that foster students understanding of psychology and its impact on their everyday lives, including a new Neuroscience and Life feature, alerts to key topics, and study skills for specific concepts. This text also provides instructors with a fully integrated supplements package to objectively gauge their students mastery of psychologys key principles and concepts and to create dynamic lectures.

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    February 2009


    The New Psychology of Love by Robert J. Sternberg & Karin Weis

    Book Description

    Love. What is it? Can we define it? What is its role in our lives? What causes love, and what dooms it? No single theory adequately answers all our questions about the nature of love, yet there are many theories that can contribute to our understanding of it. This fascinating book presents the full range of psychological theories on love—biological, taxonomical, implicit, cultural—updated with the latest research in the field.

    Robert Sternberg and Karin Weis have here gathered more than a dozen expert contributors to address questions about defining love, the evidence for competing theories, and practical implications. Taken together, these essays offer a comprehensive and engaging comparison of contemporary data and theories.

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    January 2009


    Graduate Study in Psychology, 2009: by American Psychological Association

    Book Description

    Graduate Study in Psychology 2009 is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.

    Graduate Study in Psychology contains information about:

    Number of applications received by a program.
    Number of individuals accepted in each program.
    Dates for applications and admission.
    Types of information required for an application.
    In-state and out-of-state tuition costs.
    Availability of internships and scholarships.
    Employment information of graduates.
    Orientation and emphasis of departments and programs.

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    December 2008


    Psychology by Daniel L. Schacter, Daniel T. Gilbert & Daniel M. Wegner

    Book Description

    Psychology, the highly anticipated new introductory psychology textbook by Harvard professors Daniel L. Schacter, Daniel T. Gilbert, and Daniel M. Wegner, takes a fresh approach to the teaching of psychology by focusing on mindbugs: foibles of the mind that are intrinsically fascinating and provide fundamental insights into how the mind works.

    Believing an introduction to the field of psychology should be every bit as engaging as reading a popular science book, the authors have utilized the skills that made them successful trade authors to present a compelling case for psychological reasoning. Joined with the latest in psychological science and neuroscience, Psychology will provide students with an introduction to psychology that both educates and entices them

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    November 2008


    Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn & Jeffrey M. Lohr

    Book Description

    This is the first major text designed to help professionals and students evaluate the merits of popular yet controversial practices in clinical psychology, differentiating those that can stand up to the rigors of science from those that cannot.

    Leading researchers review widely used therapies for alcoholism, infantile autism, ADHD, and posttraumatic stress disorder; herbal remedies for depression and anxiety; suggestive techniques for memory recovery; and self-help models. Other topics covered include issues surrounding psychological expert testimony, the uses of projective assessment techniques, and unanswered questions about dissociative identity disorder.

    Providing knowledge to guide truly accountable mental health practice, the volume also imparts critical skills for designing and evaluating psychological research programs. It is ideal for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice.

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    October 2008


    Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman & Rom Brafman

    Book Description

    A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think.

    Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone “important”? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there’s danger involved? In Sway, renowned organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer all these questions and more.

    Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Sway reveals dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our personal and business lives, including loss aversion (our tendency to go to great lengths to avoid perceived losses), the diagnosis bias (our inability to reevaluate our initial diagnosis of a person or situation), and the “chameleon effect” (our tendency to take on characteristics that have been arbitrarily assigned to us).

    Sway introduces us to the Harvard Business School professor who got his students to pay $204 for a $20 bill, the head of airline safety whose disregard for his years of training led to the transformation of an entire industry, and the football coach who turned conventional strategy on its head to lead his team to victory. We also learn the curse of the NBA draft, discover why interviews are a terrible way to gauge future job performance, and go inside a session with the Supreme Court to see how the world’s most powerful justices avoid the dangers of group dynamics.

    Every once in a while, a book comes along that not only challenges our views of the world but changes the way we think. In Sway, Ori and Rom Brafman not only uncover rational explanations for a wide variety of irrational behaviors but also point readers toward ways to avoid succumbing to their pull.

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    September 2008


    50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books by Tom Butler-Bowdon

    Book Description

    We would all like to know the secrets of human nature - who we are, how we think, and what we do. 50 psychology classics explores writings from such iconic figures as Freud Adler, Jung, Skinner, James, Piaget, and Pavlov, and also highlights the work of contemporary psychologists such as Howard Gardner, Daniel Gilbert, and Martin Seligman. In addition, there are fascinating insights from writers and thinkers like Isabel Briggs Myers, Eric Hoffer, and William Styron.

    The focus is on 'psychology for non psychologists', books that everyone can read and be enlightened by, or that were expressly written for a general audience. We are in a new golden age of popular psychology writing, and 50 psychology classics reveals a diversity of ideas:

  • What happiness really is
  • How intuition can save your life
  • The secrets to better communication and influencing skills
  • The science behind successful relationships
  • Why smart people get swept up in mass movements
  • Also exploring some of psychology's most famous experiments and research, such as Stanley Milgram's chilling demonstrations of the human willingness to obey authority, Harry Harlow's work with baby monkeys revealing the importance of physical contact to mental health, and Alfred Kinsey's pot-stirring revelations about people's real sex lives, 50 psychology classics highlights the often surprising scientific work that has changed what we believe about ourselves and what makes people tick.

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    August 2008


    The Psychologist as Detective: An Introduction to Conducting Research in Psychology by Randolph A. Smith & Stephen F. Davis

    Book Description

    The Psychologist as Detective conveys the excitement of research methodology through a lively, conversational style. To make the study of the research process interactive and accessible for readers, pedagogical features and critical thinking activities are integrated throughout the volume. Actual student research appears in each chapter to increase relevance and heighten reader interest.

    This text evaluates the science of psychology, research ideas and hypotheses, ethics, nonexperimental methods and the basics of experimentation variables and control, statistics, designing-conducting-analyzing and interpreting experiments, as well as alternative research designs, external validity, critiquing experimental research and writing and assemblling an APA-format research report.

    For individuals involved with or interested in psychological research.

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    July 2008


    The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker

    Editorial Review From Publishers Weekly

    In his last outing, How the Mind Works, the author of the well-received The Language Instinct made a case for evolutionary psychology or the view that human beings have a hard-wired nature that evolved over time. This book returns to that still-controversial territory in order to shore it up in the public sphere. Drawing on decades of research in the "sciences of human nature," Pinker, a chaired professor of psychology at MIT, attacks the notion that an infant's mind is a blank slate, arguing instead that human beings have an inherited universal structure shaped by the demands made upon the species for survival, albeit with plenty of room for cultural and individual variation.

    For those who have been following the sciences in question including cognitive science, neuroscience, behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology much of the evidence will be familiar, yet Pinker's clear and witty presentation, complete with comic strips and allusions to writers from Woody Allen to Emily Dickinson, keeps the material fresh. What might amaze is the persistent, often vitriolic resistance to these findings Pinker presents and systematically takes apart, decrying the hold of the "blank slate" and other orthodoxies on intellectual life.

    He goes on to tour what science currently claims to know about human nature, including its cognitive, intuitive and emotional faculties, and shows what light this research can shed on such thorny topics as gender inequality, child-rearing and modern art.

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    June 2008


    The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil By Philip Zimbardo

    Book Description

    What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it?

    Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers, and in The Lucifer Effect he explains how–and the myriad reasons why–we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women.

    Zimbardo is perhaps best known as the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Here, for the first time and in detail, he tells the full story of this landmark study, in which a group of college-student volunteers was randomly divided into “guards” and “inmates” and then placed in a mock prison environment. Within a week the study was abandoned, as ordinary college students were transformed into either brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally broken prisoners.

    By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, Zimbardo enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding American soldiers came to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held notion of the “bad apple” with that of the “bad barrel”–the idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around.

    This is a book that dares to hold a mirror up to mankind, showing us that we might not be who we think we are. While forcing us to reexamine what we are capable of doing when caught up in the crucible of behavioral dynamics, though, Zimbardo also offers hope. We are capable of resisting evil, he argues, and can even teach ourselves to act heroically. Like Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a shocking, engrossing study that will change the way we view human behavior.

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    May 2008


    Psychology and Life by Richard J. Gerrig & Philip G. Zimbardo

    Book Description

    This classic book is built around the central theme of presenting psychology as a science and applying that science to our daily lives. Psychology and Life continues to provide a rigorous, research-based presentation that demonstrates that this research has immediate in daily life. For Intro Psychology students, or anyone with an interest in the subject.

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    April 2008


    Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research by Roger R Hock

    Book Description

    This unique book closes the gap between psychology books and the research that made them possible. Its journey through the “headline history” of psychology presents 40 of the most famous studies in the history of the science, and subsequent follow-up studies that expanded their findings and relevance.

    Readers are granted a valuable insider's look at the studies that continue to be cited most frequently, stirred up the most controversy when they were published, sparked the most subsequent related research, opened new fields of psychological exploration, and changed most dramatically our knowledge of human behavior.

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    Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research (6th Edition)

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    March 2008


    Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    Editorial Review

    Aristotle observed 2300 years ago that more than anything men and women seek happiness. Csikszentmihalyi (psychology, Univ. of Chicago) has for 25 years made similar observations regarding "flow," a field of behavioral science examining connections between satisfaction and daily activities.

    A flow state ensues when one is engaged in self-controlled, goal-related, meaningful actions. Data regarding flow were collected on thousands of individuals, from mountain climbers to chess players. This thoroughly researched study is an intriguing look at the age-old problem of the pursuit of happiness and how, through conscious effort, we may more easily attain it. Recommended for general readers. (Terry McMaster, Utica Coll. of Syracuse Univ. Lib., N.Y).

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