A Dictionary of Psychology

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - Psychology - 882 pages
With over 11,000 authoritative and up to date entries, this bestselling dictionary covers all branches of psychology, including psychoanalysis, psychiatry, criminology, neuroscience, and statistics. It features comprehensive coverage of such key areas as 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 AZ 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 current via the Dictionary of Psychology website, this edition offers more information than any other dictionary of its kind, making it an ideal reference for students, teachers, and professionals, and for anyone with an interest in the workings of the mind.

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Professor Andrew Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He graduated from the University of Cape Town, where he was appointed to his first lecturing position, and then lectured at Rhodes University before moving to Leicester. His previous publications include numerous journal articles and several books, including Facts, Fallacies and Frauds in Psychology (1987), Game theory and its Applications in the Social and Biological Sciences (2nd edn, 1995), What is Psychology? (3rd edn, 1994) , and A Crash Course in SPSS for Windows (4th edition, co-authored with Briony D. Pulford, 2008). He edited the two-volume Routledge Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology (1994) and the 12-volume Longman Essential Psychology Series (1995).

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