This week, our Resource List of the Week will focus on Psychology.
What is Psychology?
According to Simply Psychology, Psychology is:
“…the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.”
Here below, we have put together five titles to help you better understand the topic.
1.How to Think Straight About Psychology – Keith E Stanovich
This title presents a short introduction to the critical thinking skills that will help students better understand the subject. Also, the book sheds some light on pseudoscience and how to distinguish it from true psychological research. Therefore, students can be more discriminating consumers of psychological information.
2. Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience – Philip David Zelazo, Michael Chandler, Eveline Crone
This book highlights the latest and most innovative research in the field of Social Cognitive Neuroscience. Also, the title focuses on subjects like the typical and atypical development of imitation, the impulsivity, the novelty seeking and the risk-taking. Additionally, it examines the concepts of self and social awareness, emotion regulation, moral reasoning, and executive function. Finally, it addresses the potential limitations of a neuroscientific approach to the development of social cognition.
3. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat – Oliver Sacks
This title challenges many of the common practices around how to treat patients in Psychology. It argues that in order to help a patient with psychological problems, there should be a stronger emphasis on listening to and incorporating patients’ experiences and insights into their care. It includes 24 case studies that were conducted by Oliver Sacks, which show evidence of this alternative approach being very successful for his patients.
4. Judgment under Uncertainty – Camille Morvan, William Jenkins
This book investigates the process of people’s decision-making, specifically what human brains tend to do when individuals are forced to deal with uncertainty or complexity. Based on experiments carried out with volunteers, the authors discovered that humans make predictable errors of judgement when forced to deal with ambiguous evidence or make challenging decisions. These errors stem from ‘heuristics’ and ‘biases’ – mental shortcuts and assumptions that allow people to make swift, automatic decisions, often usefully and correctly, but occasionally to their detriment.
5. Consciousness and the Social Brain – Michael Graziano
This book talks about the meaning of the human consciousness and how it affects our behaviours. It discusses how consciousness can be linked with social intelligence and other human qualities. It focuses deeply on the science, philosophy, and implications of this complicated subject.