A Dictionary of Psychology
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|Format:||Paperback, 896 pages, 3rd Revised edition Edition|
|Other Information: ||over 80 b&w line drawings|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 26 February 2009|
With over 11,000 authoritative and up-to-date entries, this best-selling dictionary covers all branches of psychology, including psychoanalysis, psychiatry, criminology, neuroscience, and statistics. It features comprehensive coverage of key areas, for example, cognition, sensation and perception, emotion and motivation, learning and skills, language, mental disorder, and research methods. Entries provide clear and concise definitions, word origins and derivations, and they are extensively cross-referenced for ease of use. In addition, over 80 illustrations complement the text. Detailed appendices follow the A-Z dictionary and include a list of 800 commonly used abbreviations and symbols, and a list of phobias and phobic stimuli with full definitions. Now containing an appendix of recommended web links, which are accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of Psychology website, this edition is loaded with more information than any other dictionary of its kind. A Dictionary of Psychology is an invaluable work of reference for students and teachers of psychology and related disciplines, professionals, and is ideally suited to anyone with an interest in the workings of the mind.
Table of Contents
PREFACE; ADVISORY EDITORS; ILLUSTRATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; LAYOUT OF ENTRIES; GREEK ALPHABET; THE DICTIONARY; APPENDIX I: PHOBIAS AND PHOBIC STIMULI; APPENDIX II: ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS; APPENDIX III: USEFUL WEB LINKS; PRINCIPAL SOURCES
About the Author
Andrew Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Joined by a distinguished group of advisory editors, prolific author and editor Colman (psychology, Univ. of Leicester, U.K.) offers more than 10,500 definitions of terms in psychology. The entries range from neuroanatomy and psychoanalysis to statistics and pharmacology, and they often cover etymology and history as well as language. Weighty in substance, the work is nevertheless manageable; Colman uses words with grace and economy, offering many entries (e.g., trademark drug names and their chemical names) of only a sentence or two. Longer entries, e.g., "Blood-Brain Barrier," "Rorschach Test" (with Leonardo da Vinci as forerunner!), "Love," and "False Memory," are more explanatory. Cross references are handled effectively; for example, users will find that "Onanism" is another name for "Coitus Interruptus" or (less correctly) "Masturbation." Browsers will find much food for thought and some intellectual treats, like "Monty Hall Problem" (made famous by Marilyn vos Savant's Parade column) and the difference between animal magnetism and hypnosis. Eager to teach and entertain, Colman offers a list of do-it-yourself demonstrations in the preface. Comprehensive, sound, readable, and up-to-date, this is probably the best single-volume dictionary of its kind. A visit to the American Psychiatric Association's library revealed that it is also the newest such work in many years. Essential wherever psychology matters. E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Review of previous edition:
"Comprehensive, sound, readable, and up-to-date, this is probably the best single-volume dictionary of its kind.Weighty in substance, the work is nonetheless manageable; Colman uses words with grace and economy...Cross references are handled effectively...Browsers will find much food for thought and some intellectual treats...Eager to teach and entertain, Colman offers a list of do-it-yourself demonstrations in the preface. Essential wherever psychology matters."--Library Journal
"An authoritative style, an ability to communicate in clear but concise terms, and extensive knowledge of the subject matter...Andrew Colman appears to possess all of these qualities and his Dictionary of Psychology is the impressive result...The book has many strengths and is certainly to be recommended...I am pleased to have it on my bookshelf."--THES (UK)
"A useful first port of call."--The Psychologist (UK)
"This book does not give bare definitions, it clothes them with context."--New Scientist (UK)
"The most comprehensive single-volume reference to psychology combines psychiatry and pschoanalysis under one broad umbrella, addressing 10,500 topics"--Forecast (UK)
|Publisher: ||Oxford University Press|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 x 5.0 centimeters (0.65 kg)|