A Dictionary of Psychology

A Dictionary of Psychology

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by Andrew M. Colman
     
 

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The most up-to-date dictionary of psychology available, and the only one to combine psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis in one volume!

From aggression to amnesia and from schizophrenia to shock therapy, here are 10,500 alphabetically arranged entries that cover all the major topics in psychology.

Guided by an eminent team of seven consultant

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The most up-to-date dictionary of psychology available, and the only one to combine psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis in one volume!

From aggression to amnesia and from schizophrenia to shock therapy, here are 10,500 alphabetically arranged entries that cover all the major topics in psychology.

Guided by an eminent team of seven consultant editors—including Robert J. Sternberg, Harvey R. Schiffman, Dr. Leonard W. Hamilton, Robert P. Kimble, and Dr. Robert Spitzer—Andrew Colman provides in A Dictionary of Psychology clear, concise definitions of terms and concepts in such areas as sensation and perception, cognition, learning and skills, mental disorders, emotion and motivation. Colman not only covers all areas of psychology, but he also explains relevant technical words from other disciplines used by psychologists, including psychiatry, neuroanatomy, and statistics—subjects that are often excluded from single-volume dictionaries of psychology.

Likewise, this is the only dictionary to offer extensive coverage of psychoanalysis, with clear explanations of terms introduced by Freud, Jung, Adler, Erikson, Kohut, Lacan, Reich, and others.

There is comprehensive coverage of phobias and phobic stimuli and mental disorders, as well as a list of over 700 abbreviations and symbols commonly used in psychology. All entries are detailed and explicit, with word origins and illustrations given where necessary. Moreover, the entries are far more extensively cross-referenced than customary. For example, the entry "visual illusion" includes cross-references to every particular visual illusion described in the dictionary, and the entry for "cranial nerve" directs the reader to all twelve of the human cranial nerves, each of which has its own separate entry.

Written by a leading authority and completely up to date, the Dictionary is an ideal resource for students of psychology, professional psychologists, and the general reader.

About the Authors:
Andrew Colman is Reader in Psychology at the University of Leicester. He is the author of What is Psychology? and editor of The Routledge Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology.
Robert P. Kimble is at the University of Oregon.
Dr. Leonard W. Hamilton and Harvey R. Schiffman are at Rutgers University.
Robert J. Sternberg is at Yale University.
Dr. Robert Spitzer is at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Originally published five years ago and now considerably revised, this work defines the most common as well as the most important issues facing psychology today. Expanded by well over 400 entries and reflecting the most current scholarship, the work now boasts over 11,000 cross-referenced entries, covering everything from anxiety and cognitive impairment to hypolexia (another name for dyslexia) and postpartum depression. The entries are concise, not stretching beyond a full paragraph at best, but most general readers will find here what they need. For professionals and students of psychology, this is a good place to start their research. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
Perhaps one of the most useful, but certainly the most delightful feature of the dictionary are the Greek and Latin roots or other origins that Colan (psychology, U. of Leicester) provides in nearly every entry. He offers definitions of the most important and difficult words readers are likely to encounter in books and articles on psychology. In addition to the basic terminology of psychology and psychiatry, he delves into technical areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, and statistics where most such references dare not tread. He cross-references extensively rather than indexing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191047688
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
02/26/2009
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

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Meet the Author

Andrew M. Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has authored numerous journal articles and several books, including Facts, Fallacies and Frauds in Psychology (1987), What is Psychology? (3rd edn, 1994), and Game Theory and its Applications in the Social and Biological Sciences (2nd edn, 1995). He edited the two-volume Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology (1994) and the 12-volume Longman Essential Psychology series (1995).

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