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Psychology [Paperback]

Henry Gleitman , James Gross , Daniel Reisberg
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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16 April 2010 0393116824 978-0393116823 8th International student edition
This title presents an intelligent and engaging overview of the field, with a passionate and powerful narrative. Firmly rooted in the scientific method while deeply partaking of drama, sculpture, painting, and literature, "Psychology" situates the field at the intersection of science and art. James Gross, the director of the Psychology One program at Stanford University, has built on the strengths of the groundbreaking text while reinventing it for a new generation of students.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 8th International student edition edition (16 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393116824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393116823
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.1 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 8 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
This was on our reading lists for first year psychology but I continued to use the book throughout my psychology course and now again use it in teaching for revision. The book covers the basics and although other reviews argue that it is a bit simplistic I feel it is a general book which cannot cover all topics inside out and therefore completely fulfils its purpose in helping the student cover the basics and ensuring a good level of understanding. If you want to go more in depth you would look into journals or specific titles regarding your topic.

It is an easy book to read and explains theories which could be hard to grasp in a simplistic way, avoiding using too much jargon. Certainly one of the best psychology books I have come across.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loads of fun 15 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
First of all, this book is huge, both in dimensions, weight and content of varied information. I bought it to have something interesting to read that would introduce me to the topic of psychology and am not disappointed a single bit :)
Reading it, I felt like I was back in junior high school, when books were big, interesting, with clearly stated chapters and problems and with heaps of colorful illustrations, diagrams and comparison tables. (this being written from the perspective of a college student, who encounters only highly specific and mostly, dull-written text).
It's written in a very informative and straightforward way, maybe not going into depth but that, in my opinion, is a good point - it is not intended as a specific scientific study resource, but something to keep you amused, while providing lots of interesting facts.

It was a little hard for me to settle on one topic and read it all - instead, I often found myself flipping through the pages only to get my attention caught by some of the many interesting facts.

Well done to the authors - a highly approachable book that, nevertheless, delivers as an overall introductory material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is the psychology book of your dreams!This is the book which made me decide that i want to become a psychologist(which was a hard decision since i am an engineer).The authors ask some profound philosophical questions which beckon you to explore psychology further.At no point do they claim that they(or psychology)have all the answers but they've tried to do full justice to the richness and complexity of human behavior and life.I've read three other introductory texts besides this one and none of them comes close to the brilliance of this one.Why?This is intelligent writing at it's very best.Any psychology intro book can give you the relevant information to crack an exam but to package it as well as the authors of this one have done is a rare art indeed.All the relevant concepts have been made crystal clear with unique and pertinent examples.In every chapter,you find examples from the arts(movies/books/music/everyday life etc)that make the content relatable.There is also an online website which accompanies the text wonderfully.You can take quizzes,learn more,watch videos,review what you've studied and so on.The writing itself is so high quality that you won't be bored even when you revisit the book's pages to study for your exams.I bought the eighth edition even though i already had the seventh edition just because i was curious to see how they'd improve upon the earlier edition.Buy it,spend time with it,learn from it and even if you don't touch other intro texts you'll be far ahead of those who couldn't lay their hands on this one.It's not even about competing with others,reading the book itself is so intrinsically rewarding.If you've ever pondered about the deep mysteries of the human mind or if you are someone who appreciates good writing(movies or the arts)then look no further.This is the psychology book for you.My personal favorite was the chapter on Language(written by Mrs Gleitman).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book and a good read! 12 Oct 2000
Format:Hardcover
To say that this is too simplistic is very unfair to both book and author. It is easy to understand and this is mostly due to how well written it is. Highly recommended!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 10 Oct 2000
Format:Hardcover
Covers the basics but not in enough depth. I'm in my first year at Uni, and most of us tend to think that it's a bit too simplistic. It's easy read, but there are better books such as Richard Gross
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing introductory book 14 Mar 2011
By Sarah
Format:Paperback
I strongly suggest this book to whoever needs to acquire background in psychology. This book is an absolute easy read, with lots of attractive colorful pictures which help the reader understand the introduced concepts much better. I would say the authors have done their best to provide the students an enjoyable study time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for students! 31 Oct 2010
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I highly recommend this book! It's easy to follow and also an enjoyable to read.
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