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Suggested reading

We have made some suggestions below of books that you might find useful should you want to read more about psychology and to extend your knowledge. However this is just a sample - a complete list of the books that touch on human thought and behaviour is of course endless ... :)

Please note these are optional books and are not compulsory for your modules.

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General Reference

Colman, A. M. (2003) A Dictionary of Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gross, R. (2010) Psychology: The science of mind and behaviour (6th edn.). London: Hodder Education.

Northedge, A., Thomas, J., Lane, A., and Peasgood, A. (1997) The Sciences Good Study Guide. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Redman, P. (2001) Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide (2nd edn.). Milton Keynes/London: The Open University/Sage.

Background

Carter, R. (1998) Mapping the mind. London: Phoenix.

Murphy, G. L. (2004) The Big Book of Concepts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Damasio, A. (1994) Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain. London: Vintage Books.

James, W. (1890) The Principles of Psychology: Volume One. Mineola, NY: Dover.

Pinker, S. (1997) How the Mind Works. London: Penguin.

Ramachandran, V.S., and Blacksee, S. (1998) Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind. London: Harper Perennial.

Research Methods

Banister, P., Burman, E., Parker, I., Taylor, M., and Tindall, C. (1994) Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Clegg, F. (1990) Simple Statistics: A Course Book for the Social Sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harris, P. (2002) Designing and reporting Experiments in Psychology (2nd edn.). Buckingham: Open University Press.

Parker, I. (2005 )Qualitative Psychology: Introducing Radical Research. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Specific Topics

Identity

Erikson, E. (1965) Children and society (2nd edn.). London: Penguin.

Stevens, R. (2008) Erik H. Erikson: Explorer of Identity and the Life Cycle. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Social Constructionism

Burr, V. (1995)An Introduction to Social Constructionism. London: Routledge.

Burr, V. (2003)Social Constructionism (2nd edn.). Hove: Routledge.

Behaviourism

Baum, W. M. (2004)Understanding Behaviorism: Behavior, Culture, and Evolution (2nd end). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Toates, F. (2009)Burrhus F. Skinner: The Shaping of Behaviour. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Biology/Evolutionary Psychology

Dawkins, R. (1991) The Blind Watchmaker. London: Penguin Group.

Greenfield, S. (2000) The private life of the brain. London: Penguin.

Pinker, S. (2002) The Blank Slate. London: Book Club Associates.

Rose, S. (2006) The 21st Century Brain: Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the Mind. London: Vintage.

Toates, F. (2006) Biological Psychology: An Integrative Approach (2nd edn). Harlow: Pearson Education.

Positive Psychology

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1992) Flow: The Psychology of Happiness. London: Rider Books.

Language

Pinker, S. (1994) The language instinct: the new science of language and mind. London: Penguin.

Consciousness

Blackmore, S. (2003) Consciousness: an introduction. Abingdon: Hodder and Stoughton.

Carter, R. (2002) Consciousness. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Velmans, M. (2000) Understanding Consciousness. London: Routledge.

Developmental Psychology

Beard, R.M. (1969) An Outline of Piaget’s Developmental Psychology for Students and Teachers. London/Henley: Routledge/Kegan Paul.

Crain, W. (2000) Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications (4th edn). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Donaldson, M. (1978) Children’s minds. London: Fontana.

Holmes, J. (1993) John Bowlby and attachment theory. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.

Biological psychology

Bear, M. F., Connors, B. W., and Paradiso, M. A. (2006) Neuroscience: Exploring the brain (3rd edn.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Crossman, A. R., and Neary, D. (2000) Neuroanatomy: an illustrated colour text (2nd edn.). London: Churchill Livingstone.

Diamond, M. C., Scheibel, A. B., and Elson, L. M. (1985) The human brain coloring book. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Pinel, J. P. J., and Edwards, M. (1998) A colorful introduction to the anatomy of the human brain: a brain and psychology coloring book. Needham Heights, MD: Allyn and Bacon.

Ramachandran, V. S., and Blacksee, S. (1998) Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind. London: Harper Perennial.

Toates, F. (2006) Biological Psychology: An Integrative Approach (2nd edn). Harlow: Pearson Education.

Sachs, O. (1987) The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. New York, NY: Harper & Row.

Cognitive psychology

Andrade, J. (ed) (2001) Working memory in perspective. Hove: Psychology Press.

Damasio, A. (1994) Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain. London: Vintage Books.

Eysenck, M. (2001) Principles of Cognitive Psychology (2nd edn.). Hove: Psychology Press.

Harris, P. (2002) Designing and reporting Experiments in Psychology (2nd edn.). Buckingham: Open University Press.

Ramachandran, V. S., and Blacksee, S. (1998) Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind. London: Harper Perennial.

Styles, E. A. (1997) The Psychology of Attention. Hove: Psychology Press.

Social psychology

Hepburn, A. (2003) An Introduction to Critical Social Psychology. London: Sage.

Kelly, G. A. (1963, 1955) A Theory of Personality: The Psychology of Personal Constructs. London: Norton.

Langdridge, D. (2007) Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Stainton-Rogers, W. (2003) Social Psychology: Experimental and Critical Approaches. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Stevens, R. (2008) Sigmund Freud: Examining the Essence of his Contribution. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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