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A Dictionary of Psychology (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Hardcover]

Andrew M. Colman
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9 Mar 2006 Oxford Paperback Reference
With over 11,000 entries, this authoritative and up-to-date dictionary covers all branches of psychology. Clear, concise descriptions for each entry offer extensive coverage of key areas including cognition, sensation and perception, emotion and motivation, learning and skills, language, mental disorder, and research methods. The range of entries extends to related disciplines including psychoanalysis, psychiatry, the neurosciences, and statistics. Entries are extensively cross-referenced for ease of use, and cover word origins and derivations as well as definitions. Over 80 illustrations complement the text.

In addition to the alphabetical entries, the dictionary also includes appendices covering over 800 commonly used abbreviations and symbols, as well as a list of phobias and phobic stimuli, with definitions.

Comprehensive and clearly written, this dictionary is an invaluable work of reference for students, lecturers, and the general reader with an interest in psychology

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  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (9 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806321
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew M. Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He graduated, first in Combined Studies and then in Psychology from the University of Cape Town, where he was appointed to his first teaching position, and he then lectured at Rhodes University before moving to the University of Leicester in the UK, where he was promoted to Reader in 1984 and Professor in 2000. His is the author of over 100 journal articles and 14 books, including the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology (3rd edn, 2009). This dictionary has appeared on several Amazon bestsellers lists, including the Psychology & Psychiatry References and the and Neuroscience bestseller lists, since 2007 or earlier. Among his earlier books are 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 edn, co-authored with Briony D. Pulford, 2008). He edited the two-volume Routledge Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology (1994), the 12-volume Longman Essential Psychology Series (1995), and several other books. He is fond of music (plays the piano) and puzzles of all kinds, especially crossword puzzles, and he used to play competitive chess.

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"The number of entries promise, and deliver, great breadth of coverage from every branch of psychology...highly recommended."--Booklist
"The entries are concise.... For professionals and students of psychology, this is a good place to start their research."--Library Journal

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Andrew Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 31 Mar 2010
Indispensible for new psychology students. My only criticism is the amount of cross referencing - although useful to some extent it can mean you looking up a large number of words to disocver the meaning of just one, with the result that you get a bit lost...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as always, oxford is the best 1 Dec 2009
By Helga
There is forsure some cheaper psychology dictionaries but i found investing in the oxford dictionaries is so much more rewarding. No effort and time spend in explaining terms in detail this is an excellent buy and worth those few extra pennies.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal book for any student or teacher 20 Jun 2001
By A Customer
This book is a fantastic book for anyone studying or anyone interested in psychology. It helps find the meanings to many complex words used in psychology,etc. Coming from a student of psychology i have found this book very helpful for essay work. This book has helped me find new words and the layout is easy to read and easy to find any key words
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource 6 Dec 2009
A great reference book, I really enjoyed just flicking though and having a read or using whilst completing coursework, I also brought a copy for my partner who is completing a degree he has found it very useful and informative.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can recomend to all students. 6 Nov 2009
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Just started a counceling course and can highly recomend it, also recomended by Open University students on Psychology and councelling courses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty useful overall. 11 Oct 2010
By chris
This is a fairly useful dictionary of psychology and has been fairly useful for my first year of my psychology degree. It is not completely comprehensive, however, and I have now purchased a second hand Penguin psychology dictionary to compensate for this. The Penguin dictionary has impressed me with the detail it goes into in it's definitions
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 5 Dec 2008
I have found this book to be a great help in deciphering many of the more obscure terms and phrases in psychology. Its well put together and easy to use and I have no doubt I will continue to refer to it in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very useful 12 May 2011
By Nige
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I am studying a hypno-psychotherapy course and find this book incredibly useful when writing essays. I'm sure if you look you'll find words missing but I doubt that will happen very often; it even covers topics that I would not have expected.
As with any dictionary it's a dip in and out when you need to.
For the money, I wouldn't be without it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for studying Psychology as psychology must be the only course that has it's own disctionary
Published 3 days ago by Marna
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts so many isolated aspects and personnel into context.
Always on the side of the desk awaiting use for reference and confirmation of facts, this volume is a sine qua non.
Published 1 month ago by Terry Joyes
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Daughter required theses for her college course came in very handy and has used it very well. Good purchase for the money
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I would recommend this book to any students of the subjects contained within the book, I found the book to be crammed with knowledgeable explanations alphabetised and simple to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lee
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
great little book to give you the basics but there are better out there if you want to look better terms xxx
Published 3 months ago by Gareth Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful.
Very good for university and A Levels, and is laid out nicely. Very good value for money, as well, I think.
Published 4 months ago by Beth
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic dictionary
Could not find some of the Psychology terms needed. So Not entirely happy with purchase. Will consider purchasing a Psychology text book instead.
Published 4 months ago by Xenu
5.0 out of 5 stars Above expectation
Exceeded expectations. Arrived in perfect condition and with in 1 week. Excellent service. A must have for psychology students. Very happy
Published 5 months ago by Rae Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Every word you can think of in Psychology is in this dictionary
The definitions are easy to understand and are informative. It's really good for Statistics definitions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Olivia Hinds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I have given this book a 5* rating, as it is ideal for studying with Open University and other Universities when studying psychology but also informative in general.
Published 6 months ago by Bonnie Johnson
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