Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology

Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology

by Raymond J. Corsini
     
 

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Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology "The authors are exceptionally knowledgeable, the editing is impeccable, and overall, of all the one-volume compendiums, this is indubitably the book of choice." —From the Foreword to the first edition by Hans J. Eysenck Named "Reference Book of the Year" by the American Library Association, the Concise Encyclopedia of

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Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology "The authors are exceptionally knowledgeable, the editing is impeccable, and overall, of all the one-volume compendiums, this is indubitably the book of choice." —From the Foreword to the first edition by Hans J. Eysenck Named "Reference Book of the Year" by the American Library Association, the Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology set a new standard for psychology references that has remained unmatched until now. This Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect all developments in psychology that have occurred since the publication of the first edition. It was edited with the guidance of 36 consulting and associate editors (including 17 past presidents of the American Psychological Association) and now contains more than 2,000 articles—including hundreds of new entries in all major categories of psychology—written by 500 authorities in their fields. In orchestrating this valuable reference, Raymond Corsini and Alan Auerbach have incorporated into a single volume all substantive entries found in Dr. Corsini’s landmark four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology, Second Edition, which—for scope of coverage, authority, and utility—continues to be peerless in the field. This complete reference for busy practitioners, researchers, and students:

  • Provides quick access to all important psychological terms, concepts, theories, and practices
  • Offers highly readable entries written by leading figures in contemporary psychology
  • Covers every major branch of psychology, including applied, clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, forensic, industrial, physiological, social, and theoretical
  • Provides comprehensive coverage from adolescent sex offenders to Z-score, from conduct disorders to shamanism
  • Supplies biographical summaries of important figures in the history of psychology
  • Features an accessible style suitable for both lay readers and professionals
The Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology, Second Edition, belongs in the working libraries of all mental health professionals. It is also an indispensable resource for students of psychology, psychiatry, and social work, as well as for lay readers with an interest in psychology.

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Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book's main component is a series of more than 2000 entries, arranged in alphabetical order, covering every major branch of psychology, including clinical, experimental, industrial, developmental, social, cognitive, physiological, and theoretical. Topics range from abreaction and accommodation to Z-score and the Zwaardemaker odor system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide "quick access to all important psychological terms, concepts, theories, and practices" in a style accessible to lay readers and professionals. It is an abridged edition of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology.
Audience: The editors wish to serve all those interested in psychology, from "the layperson and neophyte student to the professional researcher and practitioner." The 500 authorities who contributed the entries include recognized experts, e.g., Eysenck on behavioral genetics, Skinner on operant behavior.
Features: The book is cross-referenced and includes name and subject indexes. Special features include brief biographies of 1000 psychologists, a reprint of the American Psychological Association's ethics code, and a sample contract for practicing psychologists.
Assessment: The entries appear to be authoritative, clear, and concisely written, and I would recommend the book's purchase, particularly for a community library. The overall scholarship of the encyclopedia is marred by the inclusion of overly respectful entries on such detritus of the 1960s as nude group therapy and primal therapy.
Peter B. Zeldow
This book's main component is a series of more than 2000 entries, arranged in alphabetical order, covering every major branch of psychology, including clinical, experimental, industrial, developmental, social, cognitive, physiological, and theoretical. Topics range from abreaction and accommodation to Z-score and the Zwaardemaker odor system. The purpose is to provide quick access to all important psychological terms, concepts, theories, and practices in a style accessible to lay readers and professionals. It is an abridged edition of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology. The editors wish to serve all those interested in psychology, from the layperson and neophyte student to the professional researcher and practitioner. The 500 authorities who contributed the entries include recognized experts, e.g., Eysenck on behavioral genetics, Skinner on operant behavior. The book is cross-referenced and includes name and subject indexes. Special features include brief biographies of 1000 psychologists, a reprint of the American Psychological Association's ethics code, and a sample contract for practicing psychologists. The entries appear to be authoritative, clear, and concisely written, and I would recommend the book's purchase, particularly for a community library. The overall scholarship of the encyclopedia is marred by the inclusion of overly respectful entries on such detritus of the 1960s as nude group therapy and primal therapy.
Choice
A skillful abridgment . . . . Comparisons between the original articles and the digested versions display a genius for subtle but effective cuts. . . . At less than one-third the price of the parent set, this is an excellent purchase for branch libraries, faculty collections, high schools, and community colleges..
Psychology
The best one-volume encyclopedia of psychology on the market.
Reference Books Bulletin
. . . a compact source giving all kinds of information about all aspects of psychology . . . it can be recommended for use by college students at all levels, professionals, and the general public.
College & Research Libraries News
For the moderately sized library, private practitioner, or undergraduate population, the Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology offers an excellent, inexpensive alternative.
Library Journal
Now in its second edition, this work condenses the highly recommended four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology (LJ 6/1/94) into an accessible work for lay and professional readers. Its contributors include many well-known figures in contemporary psychology. The topics range from psychoanalysis to neurotransmitters, assertiveness training to small-sample statistics. The articles are cross-referenced, and brief biographies of 1000 psychologists appear at the end of the book. It is mostly up-to-date: "Managed Mental Health Care" is here, but "Psychopharmacology" does not include recent therapeutic agents. Neither R.D. Laing nor Jacques Lacan make it in, though they can be found in The Oxford Companion to the Mind (LJ 9/15/87) and The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology (MIT, 1983). Still, the well-tempered library will have all three of these fine reference books, and the one reviewed here is the most comprehensive and browsable. Highly recommended for all libraries.-E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471131595
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Edition description:
2nd Edition Abridged
Pages:
1035
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.35(h) x 2.16(d)

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Meet the Author

RAYMOND J. CORSINI, PhD, has been in private practice since 1965. He is an affiliate professor with the graduate faculty in psychology at the University of Hawaii.

ALAN J. AUERBACH is Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he has taught a wide variety of courses for more than 30 years.

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