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APA Style Manual

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
  Style manual for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals across all fields. Provides clear guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style. Includes examples, new guidelines and advice, and more.
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The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
by Marti Olsen Laney
  At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.
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borderline personality disorder

Stop Walking on Eggshells; Coping When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder
by Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger, Larry J. Siever
  Comprehensive and supportive self-help guide for people close to a person with borderline personality disorder.
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The Mind in the Cave

The Mind in the Cave
by David Lewis-Williams
  The central themes of this intellectually invigorating and wide-ranging book - the evolution of the brain and mind, primary vs. higher-order consciousness, Neanderthals vs. Cro-Magnons, the nature of art, and shamanism - are guaranteed to capture the public imagination. This compellingly written 'detective story' puts forward the most convincing explanation yet proposed for the origins of image-making and art, examining how the Neanderthals lived for over 10,000 years alongside our Cro-Magnon ancestors, but never developed art. The reason for this lay in the evolution of the human mind.
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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook
by Edmund J. Bourne
  The ANXIETY & PHOBIA WORKBOOK is a practical and comprehensive guide offering help to anyone who is struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, social fears, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, or other anxiety disorders. Step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires, and exercises will help you learn skills and make lifestyle changes necessary to achieve a lasting recovery. The workbook can be used to develop you own self-help program or as an adjunct to therapy. A partial list of topics includes: causes of anxiety disorders, relaxation, exercise, coping with panic, real-life desensitization, overcoming negative self-talk, changing mistaken beliefs, visualization, expressing feelings, assertiveness, self-esteem, nutrition, and medication.
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Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century

Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century
by Howard Gardner
  Since its original description in Frames of Mind (1983, 1993), the theory of multiple intelligences has taken its place as one of the seminal ideas of the twentieth century. Further explicated in Gardner's 1993 book, Multiple Intelligences, these ideas continue to attract attention and generate controversy all over the world. Now, in Intelligence Reframed, Gardner provides a much-needed state of the art report on the theory. He describes how it has evolved and been revised. He introduces two new intelligences, and argues that the concept of intelligence should be broadened, but not so much that it includes every human faculty and value. In addition, he offers practical guidance on the educational uses of the theory, and responds in lively dialogue to the critiques leveled against it.
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Psychology Books

This page includes some of the best psychology books in print. Psychology is an increasingly popular subject and the selection of books is vast. There are several different branches of psychology such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, social psychology and so on. The books shown here take different perspectives on specific psychological topic areas.

Introduction to Psychology


Adolescent Anger Management

Games People Play

Games People Play
by Eric Berne
  Forty years ago, Dr. Eric Berne daringly initiated a revolution, publishing what many consider to be the first ever pop-psychology book. In Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships, Berne introduces us to the games which we all unknowingly play. In "Frigid Woman," one of the two players provokes an argument, leading to anger and alienation of feelings in order to avoid sex. In "Now I've Got You SOB," a player secures a position of power, and then uses that position to justify subsequent negative feelings and actions. In Games People Play, Dr. Berne offers the reader a thorough and fascinating analysis of thirty-six games in candid and witty language, allowing readers to understand for the first time the reasons behind many of their actions. Just re-released for its 40th anniversary, this new edition of Games People Play includes an introduction by Dr. James Allen, as well as the famous Life Magazine review by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. After spending over two years on the New York Times bestseller list, Games People Play continues to sell thousands of copies due to its remarkable and timeless insights into human behavior.
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Visual Space

The Space Between Our Ears: How the Brain Represents Visual Space
by Michael Morgan
  The winner of The Wellcome Trust Prize
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Remembering Trauma

Remembering Trauma
by Richard J. McNally
  Are horrific experiences indelibly fixed in a victim's memory? Or does the mind protect itself by banishing traumatic memories from consciousness? How victims remember trauma is the most controversial issue in psychology today, spilling out of consulting rooms and laboratories to capture headlines, rupture families, provoke legislative change, and influence criminal trials and civil suits.
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The Blank Slate

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
by Steven Pinker
  In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. He shows how many intellectuals have denied the existence of human nature and instead have embraced three dogmas: The Blank Slate (the mind has no innate traits), The Noble Savage (people are born good and corrupted by society), and The Ghost in the Machine (each of us has a soul that makes choices free from biology). Each dogma carries a moral burden, so their defenders have engaged in desperate tactics to discredit the scientists who are now challenging them.
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Test Interpretation and Diversity

Test Interpretation and Diversity: Achieving Equity in Assessment
edited by Jonathan Sandoval, Janice Dowd Scheuneman, Julia Ramos-Grenier, Kurt F. Geisinger, Craig Frisby
  Univ. of California, Davis. Report of the Task Force of Test Interpretation and Diversity. Designed to aid test interpreters learn to read test scores fairly. Examines key psychometric ideas and judgement processes and offers guidance about the effects of language, poverty, and other factors of test scores. For psychologists, lawyers, educators, and government employees. Excellent reviews.
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Psychology: A Very Short Introduction
by Gillian Butler, Freda McManus
  In Psychology: A Very Short Introduction, Dr. Gillian Butler and Dr. Freda McManus provide an understanding of some of psychology's leading ideas and their practical relevance. The authors answer some of the most frequently asked questions about psychology including: What is psychology? How do we use what is in the mind? How does psychology work? How do we influence each other? What can or can't a psychologist do for you? Psychology is a large part of our everyday experience, and this elemental guide is a stimulating introduction for anyone interested in understanding the human mind.
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Power of Emotional intelligence

Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman, Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis
  Focusing on the four domains of emotional intelligence-self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management-they explore what contributes to and detracts from resonant leadership, and how the development of these four EI competencies spawns different leadership styles.
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A Mind at a Time

A Mind at a Time
by Mel Levine
  Different brains are differently wired, Dr. Levine explains. There are eight fundamental systems, or components, of learning that draw on a variety of neurodevelopmental capacities. Some students are strong in certain areas and some are strong in others, but no one is equally capable in all eight. Using examples drawn from his own extensive experience, Dr. Levine shows how parents and children can identify their strengths and weaknesses to determine their individual learning styles.
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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (Text Revision)
by American Psychiatric Association
'Bible' of mental disorder classifications and symptoms, revised text.
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Dreaming: An Introduction to the Science of Sleep

by J. Allan Hobson
  What is dreaming? What causes dreaming? Why are dreams so strange and why are they so hard to remember? Modern science has given us a new and increasingly clear picture of how dreaming is created by the brain. This book introduces the reader to sleep laboratory science and to the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sleep. It explores how the new science of dreaming affects theories in psychoanalysis and the ways in which this helps to understand the basic mechanisms of mental illness.
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Psychology Articles

Breaking Up Is Not Necessarily Hard To Do
New research shows that people were less distressed and coped much better with ending a relationship than they predicted and that this unanticipated effect was particularly marked for those described as "madly in love".

Perceiving Emotions
Findings suggest that where emotional control is the cultural norm (e.g. Japan) eyes are the key to interpretation. In cultures where there is more open expression of emotion (e.g. USA) the mouth is the main focus.

Evening-preference and Adolescent Problems
New research suggests that early adolescents who prefer evening to morning activities are more likely to exhibit antisocial behavior. Previous studies focusing on older adolescents showed a similar link with psychological problems.

Managing Teen Emotions
Teenagers can learn to manage powerful emotions and gain insight into the processes involved.

Why Women Prefer Pink
Study supports the popular notion that men and women differ when it comes to colour preference.

Facial Recognition: The "Cross-Race Effect"
A recent study throws new light on the "cross-race effect", a well-replicated if not fully understood phenomenon involving difficulty in distinguishing between people of other racial groups.

Girl Talk Heightens Anxiety
Excessive discussion about problems with friends (co-rumination) may have a negative impact on emotional adjustment in girls who are more likely than boys of the same age to develop anxiety and depression as a result.

Links Between Teenage And Domestic Violence
Adolescents who engaged in violent behavior relatively regularly throughout their teenage years or who began in their mid teens and increased with time were significantly more likely to perpetrate domestic violence in their mid 20s.

Appreciating Another Perspective
People from Western cultures such as the United States find it particularly difficult to understand someone else's point of view because they are part of a culture that encourages individualism.

The Origins of Morality
A new consensus that scientists are reaching on the origins and mechanisms of morality.

Decision-making Made not Born
People who do well on a series of decision-making tasks involving hypothetical situations tend to have more positive decision outcomes in their lives.

Colour Enhances Taste
Study finds that the colour of orange juice has a huge effect on perceptions of taste.

Midday Siesta a Napping Good Idea
New research finds that taking regular midday naps (siestas) was associated with reduced risk of death from heart disease over a six-year period for Greek adults - especially working men.

Facial Composite Systems Give Poor Results
Recent technological advances in facial composite systems have failed to improve identification and apprehension of criminal suspects.

Aging and the Sense of Smell
New research finds that normal aging processes have little detrimental effect on the sense of smell.

Loneliness and Alzheimer's
Lonely people may be twice as likely to develop the type of dementia linked to Alzheimer's disease.

Learning and Forgetting Languages
Two new studies shed light on the process of learning new languages.

Why is Laughter Contagious?
A new study shows a possible mechanism for contagious laughter. Positive sounds like laughter trigger a response in the area of the listener's brain activated when we smile, as though preparing facial muscles to laugh.

Why Do We Never Forget a Face?
Vanderbilt University researchers have found that we are able to remember more faces compared to other objects and that faces are retained best in our short-term memory. They suggest that our expertise in remembering faces allows them to be packaged better for memory.

Why Psychosis Rates Vary
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London have found higher rates of schizophrenia and other psychoses in certain ethnic minority groups and also that parental separation in childhood is associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis later in life.

Message Less Important Than Emotion in Advertising
The amount of emotional content in television advertisements affects viewers' opinions of the product, regardless of the intended message.

Colorblindness Can Backfire
Whites often avoid using race to describe other people, particularly when communicating with blacks. Researchers found that these efforts to appear colorblind and unprejudiced are counterproductive and can be associated with negative nonverbal behaviors.

Novelty and the Brain
A possible mechanism for how the brain allows us to anticipate future events and detect unexpected outcomes has been identified.

Stress is associated with a number of physical conditions including back-pain, susceptibility to viruses, chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune disease.  More at: Stress in the 21st Century

Schizophrenia can be predicted years before development of psychosis.  More at: Schizophrenia

You can view any decision making as solving a problem - in fact any kind of thinking task could be called problem solving. More at: Decisions and Problem-Solving

Consciousness remains a mystery. More at: Consciousness

It was implicit in James' writings that we are all psychologists in that we interpret the actions and intentions of other people. More at: William James and the Principles of Psychology

Is My Child Delayed? Expert Advice on When to Seek Help and What to Expect from the Testing Process More at: Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

The most positive attitudes about the value of marriage and the importance of families are found among groups that experience the greatest difficulty forming and maintaining healthy family relationships. More at: People who find relationships difficult value marriage most

Perception is the word used to describe the process by which we get information from our sense organs. More at: Perception

There is evidence that much of the process of perception is learned.  More at: Learned Perception

Our brains 'correct' images to make objects appear constant.  More at: Constancy

Facial recognition is a topic of renewed interest for psychologists and computer scientists. More at: Recognizing faces and moods

An eighty-year-old theory about the neurobiological basis of reading disability has been partly confirmed by researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study brain activity in children. More at: Possible Causes of Dyslexia

Someone who says "I'm of two minds about this" is not just procrastinating. Research conducted by Kip Smith, an assistant professor of psychology at Kansas State University, shows that the reason why people often can't make up their minds may be due to the brain using different areas in the decision-making process. More at: Mapping Choice-Making in the Brain

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