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The Handy Psychology Answer Book
     

The Handy Psychology Answer Book

by Lisa J. Cohen
 

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Bridging the gap between the entertainment-focused “pop psychology” on television and the dry academic research that is published in journals, The Handy Psychology Answer Book helps answer why humans do what we do through accurate scientific data presented in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It covers the fundamentals and explains

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Bridging the gap between the entertainment-focused “pop psychology” on television and the dry academic research that is published in journals, The Handy Psychology Answer Book helps answer why humans do what we do through accurate scientific data presented in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It covers the fundamentals and explains the psychology behind how people deal with money, sex, morality, family, children, aging, addiction, work, and other everyday issues.

Fully revised to reflect the latest scientific research—such as the current DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association); the latest neurobiological theories; and the changing face of marriage—this timely reference has expanded to include information sections on the biology and evolution of emotions; technology and adolescence; bisexuality; optimism; autism; as well as a full section on the law, eyewitness testimony and police shootings.

Featuring more than 1,500 answers to questions concerning how the human mind and the science of psychology really work such as: How have other cultures addressed psychological issues? Why was Freud so focused on sex? How can I maintain a healthy brain? Is it normal to argue during marriage? Does religion make people happier? How do we reduce social prejudice?

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From the Publisher
“… a comprehensive guide to the science of psychology. … The author meticulously explains definitions of terms, as well as walks readers through the natural progression of psychological processes. … informative and succinct, making the book a quick and easy reference tool. … a useful resource to educators, librarians, and readers interested in learning about the brain and its impact on human behavior.” —VOYA
VOYA, June 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 2) - Courtney Krieger-Munday
The Handy Psychology Answer Book, 2nd Ed. serves as a comprehensive guide to the science of psychology. The text opens with an introduction to the basics of psychology that outlines its history and function within society. It organizes chapters based on categories that discuss the logical progression of information included throughout its pages: major movements, brain anatomy and development, psychological development across life span, group dynamics, mental health and illness, trauma, and forensic psychology. Chapter contents provide answers to frequently asked questions, as well as models, charts, and images. A “Further Reading” section contains an extensive bibliography of titles relating to psychology. The index provides a quick and convenient reference tool. This book provides a user-friendly guide to the psychology of human behavior. The author meticulously explains definitions of terms, as well as walks readers through the natural progression of psychological processes. Although she grounds her findings in scientific research, she summarizes information in such a way that it appeals to newcomers, as well as veteran students of psychology. Responses to each question prove informative and succinct, making the book a quick and easy reference tool. However, the plethora of information within the text simply serves as an overview; individuals seeking more depth in specific topics will not find it here. This title would be a useful resource to educators, librarians, and readers interested in learning about the brain and its impact on human behavior. Reviewer: Courtney Krieger-Munday; Ages 11 to Adult.
Library Journal
06/01/2016
It boggles most boomers' minds, but a typical teen may send 1,000 text messages a day from their mobile device. Cohen (psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel) addresses the impact of immersive technology on adolescents, the latest revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and more in this update to her 2011 inaugural edition, which was praised by LJ as a "solid, affordable supplement to introductory psychology texts." This second edition sticks to the same formula of offering answers, generally a few paragraphs each, to a host of questions ("What did Freud mean by the oral stage?") set within topical chapters, with Cohen's discussion of the brain now extended into two chapters. An expanded group of black-and-white photos and a further reading list (still for the entire guide only, not for each chapter) are also included. VERDICT This well-named reference offers pithy peeks into the many facets of the human psyche.
VOYA - Heather Christensen
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to the world of psychology, look no further than this newest volume in the Your Smart Reference series. Cohen begins with the basics of psychology, including short biographical entries on some of the key figures in the science's history. The topics progress in complexity, and somewhat chronologically, examining the psychological aspects of nearly every facet of modern society. The author provides more than one thousand answers to questions regarding the psychology of relationships, economics, group dynamics, criminal behavior, and more. Cohen describes different movements and theories, and shows how an understanding of the basic physiology of the brain contributes to these different academic and clinical approaches. The question-and-answer format helps break up the various topics into manageable bite-sized pieces. Up-to-date information, such as a quote from former presidential candidate John Edwards—used to illustrate the common narcissistic attitudes of many politicians—provides currency and relevance to the study of psychology. While only the most dedicated psychology student is likely to read this book from cover-to-cover, many students will enjoy browsing it, or using it to find answers to specific questions. A detailed index and table of contents make this a useful book for research, as does the extensive bibliography. Intended for an adult audience, the book's advanced vocabulary may alienate some teens. Fortunately, a generous glossary should alleviate this problem for most readers. Reviewer: Heather Christensen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578595082
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
03/15/2016
Series:
Handy Answer Book Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
863,268
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa J. Cohen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. After obtaining her degree, she worked in several hospitals in the New York City area. In 1996, she came to Beth Israel Medical Center, now Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where she is currently Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Research for Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen divides her time between clinical work, teaching and scientific research. She works on an inpatient unit for people with severe psychopathology but also has a private practice where she treats people with milder conditions. Dr. Cohen has published many articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including obsessive compulsive disorder, opiate addiction and sexual abuse. Her current research focuses on the effects of psychological trauma on personality.

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