A Dictionary of Psychology (Oxford Quick Reference)

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With over 11,000 entries, this comprehensive 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 disorders, 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.

In addition to the alphabetical entries, the Dictionary of Psychology, Second Edition 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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Professor Andrew Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He graduated from the University of Cape Town, where he was appointed to his first lecturing position, and then lectured at Rhodes University before moving to Leicester. His previous publications include more than 150 journal articles and several books. He edited the 12-volume Longman Essential Psychology series (1995) and is the founder and former editor of the journal Current Psychology (1981- ).

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In recent years, a number of dictionaries of psychology have been published, among them David Statt's The Concise Dictionary of Psychology (3d ed., Routledge, 1998), Raymond J. Corsini's Dictionary of Psychology (Brunner/Mazel, 1999), Arthur Reber's Penguin Dictionary of Psychology (3d ed., Penguin, 2001), and Jon Roeckelein's Dictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology (Greenwood, 1998). This latest addition carves a spot for itself by increasing coverage of the technical terminology of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, and statistics, not always covered in previous psychological dictionaries. It also continues the traditions of earlier psychology dictionaries in covering the more widely used terms.

Entries include parts of speech, numbered senses (with the sense that is most common in psychology literature appearing first), synonyms, alternate forms, and cross-references. Etymological or word origin information is provided for many terms. When a term was coined by an individual or originated with a person's name (Weber's law, Purkinje cell), the individual's birth and death dates are noted. British spellings are employed.

Physically, this is an attractive and comfortable dictionary to use. Even with 10,500 entries, or an average of 11 and one-half per page, the pages do not appear crowded. Dictionary entries are followed by two appendixes. The 20-page "Phobias and Phobic Stimuli" lists phobias by their technical names, noting their stimuli and etymologies, and also lists stimuli (ageing, spiders) for those unsure of the technical terms. Appendix 2 defines 700 abbreviations and symbols. The list of principal sources is more than three pages long and includes subject dictionaries, companion volumes, research methods, statistics, subject encyclopedias, and more. This list in itself would be useful as a benchmark against which a research library might judge its reference collection in psychology and related areas.

This dictionary is a required addition to larger public and academic libraries where users seek information in the social, biological, and medical sciences. It is both classic and futurist, bringing together theory and practice and physical, emotional, and historical concepts used within the widening scope of psychology. It is a great value for the price and would also be a welcome addition to any social scientist's personal library. RBB
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