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50 Ideas You Really Need to Know: Psychology (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) [Paperback]

Adrian Furnham
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30 Aug 2012 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series

How different are men and women's brains? Does altruism really exist? Are our minds blank slates at birth? And do dreams reveal our unconscious desires?

If you have you ever grappled with these concepts, then this book is for you. Not only providing the answers to these questions and many more, a series of essays explore each of the central concepts, as well as the arguments of key thinkers.

Adrian Furnham offers introductions to emotional behaviour, cognition, mental conditions - from stress to schizophrenia - rationality and personality development, among many others.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780875959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780875958
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How different are men and women's brains? Does altruism really exist? Are our minds blank slates at birth? And do dreams reveal our unconscious desires? Psychology is everywhere in today's society. No crime fiction, documentary, chat-show or medical consultation is complete without the introduction of a psychological angle. Psychology seeks to understand and explain behaviour and ideas, feeling and thoughts, in a dizzying array of areas - from delusions of grandeur and computer phobia to the causes of cancer; from memory and social mobility to attitude formation and alcoholism, to name but a few. Packed with the latest research, case studies and the arguments of key thinkers, 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know is the perfect introduction to psychological theory. Professor Adrian Furnham offers 50 concise and accessible essays explaining the central ideas of psychology as well as providing the reader with a rich vocabulary to explain and describe human behaviour.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Abnormal behaviour; Placebo effect; Kicking the Habit; Lost Touch; Not neurotic, just different; Seem sane; Stress; Visual illusions; Psychophysics; Hallucinations; Delusions; Are you conscious?; Positive psychology; Emotional intelligence; What are emotions for?; Cognitive therapy; IQ and you; Flynn effect; Multiple intelligences; Cognitive differences; The Rorschach inkblot test; Detecting lies; Authoritarian personality; Obedience to authority; Fitting in; Self-sacrifice or selfishness; Cognitive dissonance; Gambler's fallacy; Judgement and problem-solving; Too much invested to quit; Rational decision-making; Remembrance of things past; What the witness saw; Artificial intelligence; Perchance to dream; Try to forget; Tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon; Psychosexual stages; Cognitive stages; Ducks in a row; Tabula rasa; Stay hungry; Behaviourism; Reinforcement schedules; Mastering complexity; Phrenology; Breaking up is hard to do; Aphasia; Dyslexia; Who's that?

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best this series has to offer 29 Oct 2009
By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I've bought a couple of books in this series and to be honest there are some sins of omission with each of them, pretty significant concepts are conspicious by their abscence or they are covered in a way that isnt exactly enlightening. In some instances I wouldnt blame the reader for considering there to a bias or perspective at work which encourages the inclusion of certain things and neglect of others, in particular I'm thinking of both 50 Economics Ideas: You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas): your really need to know and 50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas).

However, of all the series I think that this is a pretty good over view to its subject matter, experts might find passages which disappoint them or be aware of concepts that they feel havent been sufficiently covered but for the general reader I believe it could be an interesting and enlightening read. It could help students too, particular school age students or GCSE or A Level students, while higher education students or university students could find it a useful introduction to topics.

The format of the book is similar to all those in the series, there is a good contents and index, each chapter is broken down into a couple of pages of script, there are bullet point presentations, the condensced idea in a single sentence at the end of each chapter/segment. The text itself is accompanied by prompt boxes, there are quotes in the margins in bold and subtitles and section headings are in bold too. Its pretty easy to find what precisely you are looking for quickly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the others 25 Jun 2011
By Guy H
Format:Hardcover
Had a few interesting chapters, but found it wasn't as detailed as the other books in the series. Quite a few chapters talk very generally about a point without naming specific good studies or workers/thinkers in the field. I would probably look elsewhere for a good introductory psychology book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent book 15 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
I read a lot of management and personal improvement books, but this is the first book about pure psychology that I've read. It covers a wide variety of topics to do with the mind and behaviour. A great introduction to the topics within psychology if (like me) you are new to this field. I imagine most people would find the contents interesting: whether you are a student wondering whether to study psychology at university or just a general punter wanting to be entertained and educated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 25 Jun 2013
By Mr L
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love these 50 ideas books. I have almost the full set and they are interesting and informative in and easy to understand format! A brilliant way to have a little understanding about some important things!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychology fundamentals 14 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover
The book arrived on time and in good condition and seems to be helping with my other half's psychology diploma. It has all the fundamental ideas she is working on in her coursework.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No faults 27 Mar 2013
By Osian
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was just what I was looking for. It was very interesting, though a tad scattered as a book.
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