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« Topic Start: September 02, 2010, 12:09:42 pm »

I'm looking for some book recommendations on general, abnormal, and child/developmental psychology; I think I would prefer textbooks, but there are just so many out there I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!
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« Reply #1: September 04, 2010, 05:25:07 am »

I'm looking for some book recommendations on general, abnormal, and child/developmental psychology; I think I would prefer textbooks, but there are just so many out there I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!

Juni,

I've got text books around here for all of those, but too drowned in work and such right now to look them up immediately. If I don't post them for you in the next week or so, give me a poke.

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« Reply #2: September 04, 2010, 04:58:09 pm »

I'm looking for some book recommendations on general, abnormal, and child/developmental psychology; I think I would prefer textbooks, but there are just so many out there I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!

Off the top of my head, I would recommend the Nairne general text:

http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-James-S-Nairne/dp/0495504556/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283633698&sr=1-1

My friends that teach developmental psych tend to use the Kail text:

http://www.amazon.com/Children-Their-Development-Robert-Kail/dp/0205654150/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283633823&sr=1-1

They say it is a little picture heavy, but the underlying research is pretty decent.
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« Reply #3: September 04, 2010, 04:59:51 pm »

Juni,

I've got text books around here for all of those, but too drowned in work and such right now to look them up immediately. If I don't post them for you in the next week or so, give me a poke.

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Thanks, Chabas!
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« Reply #4: September 04, 2010, 05:00:08 pm »

Off the top of my head, I would recommend the Nairne general text:

http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-James-S-Nairne/dp/0495504556/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283633698&sr=1-1

My friends that teach developmental psych tend to use the Kail text:

http://www.amazon.com/Children-Their-Development-Robert-Kail/dp/0205654150/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283633823&sr=1-1

They say it is a little picture heavy, but the underlying research is pretty decent.

Thanks Sperran, I'll take a look at these. Smiley
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« Reply #5: September 04, 2010, 06:11:04 pm »


Sperran and Chabas are better sources then I am, but I just wanted to say, stay away from anything with "evolution" in it. "Evolutionary psychology" is a worthless pseudoscience devoted to proving that Victorian gender roles -- not that any evpsychos would recognize them as specifically Victorian, because they don't understand history -- are OMG HARDWIRED INTO OUR CAVEMAN BRAINS.  It gets a lot of play in the popular press, but real psychologists, real evolutionary biologists, real historians of gender and sexuality, and real folklorists (the evpsychos have tried getting their grubby hands on our stuff) LAUGH at them.     
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« Reply #6: September 04, 2010, 07:23:04 pm »

Sperran and Chabas are better sources then I am, but I just wanted to say, stay away from anything with "evolution" in it. "Evolutionary psychology" is a worthless pseudoscience devoted to proving that Victorian gender roles -- not that any evpsychos would recognize them as specifically Victorian, because they don't understand history -- are OMG HARDWIRED INTO OUR CAVEMAN BRAINS.  It gets a lot of play in the popular press, but real psychologists, real evolutionary biologists, real historians of gender and sexuality, and real folklorists (the evpsychos have tried getting their grubby hands on our stuff) LAUGH at them.     

The sad thing about evolutionary psych is that there is nothing about the science that makes it need to be that way.  The problem lies in the first people that got into the field and the students that followed them.  Some of the research is reasonable (e.g. the waist-hip ratio stuff).  But unfortunately the idiocy of people like David Media-Whore Buss overshadows the reasonable research.

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« Reply #7: September 26, 2010, 01:08:27 pm »

Juni,

I've got text books around here for all of those, but too drowned in work and such right now to look them up immediately. If I don't post them for you in the next week or so, give me a poke.

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Poke! Smiley Don't worry if you're still busy, I just remembered this thread myself. Cheesy
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« Reply #8: September 26, 2010, 02:56:49 pm »

Poke! Smiley Don't worry if you're still busy, I just remembered this thread myself. Cheesy

I'm doing 46 hour work weeks atm, so still far too busy, but I've got an entirely free weekend, so that helps. Smiley

The below are all books I've used during my studies. I graduated in 2006, so the editions I have are somewhat outdated by now, and I've not seen the current editions, but they're all books I happily recommend because I enjoyed working with them as a student myself.

General psychology:
Gray, P. - Psychology from Worth publishers.
The edition I have is from 2001. I love this book, and it's still my go-to for quick look-ups of all kinds of stuff. Gray has a really easy-going and clear writing style that's very accessible.

Abnormal psychology:
I have my master's in clinical psych, so I actually have a big-ass psychiatry handbook lying around for the really detailed stuff, but the one I'd recommend here as an intro is Barlow and Durand's Abnormal Psychology. It's a good solid introduction into not only the strict psychology and disorders, but surrounding issues as well - it has a chapter about the ethical and legal issues surrounding mental health, for example. Clear case studies, good explanations, and recommended reading for most disorders.
If you're looking for a broader look into the field, I heartily recommend "Taking Sides: Abnormal Psychology" as well, because it's just such a fun read. The Taking Sides series takes a field, rounds up the major controversies, and sheds light on both sides of the issues. Definitely my favorite book from my entire studies, and the one I spent the most time reading for pure enjoyment.

Developmental psych:
Laura E. Berk - Child Development
If I'd studied in the major/minor system, this would have been my minor - I took classes in the field whenever I could. Oddly enough, I can't really remember working with the book, but looking through it right now the structure's clear, as are the explanations. Also, it's really colorful Smiley

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« Reply #9: September 26, 2010, 03:11:58 pm »

I'm doing 46 hour work weeks atm, so still far too busy, but I've got an entirely free weekend, so that helps. Smiley

Thanks so much, Chabas!
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« Reply #10: March 06, 2011, 05:33:50 pm »

I'm looking for some book recommendations on general, abnormal, and child/developmental psychology; I think I would prefer textbooks, but there are just so many out there I'm not sure where to start. Thanks!

Nothing textbook but I've found Oliver Sacks useful for abnormal psychology and they are easier to read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is probably the best one.
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