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Great Psychology Books

Here are some of my very favorite, most readable, books about psychology. No pseudoscience, no popular self-help - just good, fascinating readable books about psychology.


50 myths of popular psychology

Recently published and very readable. Lilienfeld and his colleagues have put together a very interesting book which debunks much of what people think is true about us.

The Man Who Tasted Shapes (MIT Press) Paperback – August 11, 2003

The Man Who Tasted Shapes (MIT Press) [Richard E. Cytowic MD, Jonathan Cole] on FREE shipping on qualifying offers.

In 1980, Richard Cytowic was having dinner at a friend's house, when his host exclaimed, Oh, dear

Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Exploration

A classic pure and simple. Forty of the most famous studies in psychology simply explained.

How To Think Straight About Psychology

How To Think Straight About Psychology: another excellent critical thinking guide, but this one focused soley on topics in psychology. Excellent adjunct to any introductory or research course psychology course.


Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify

Social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson explain why people dodge responsibility when things go wrong. Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Backed by years of research,

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways...

"Every chapter is a welcome reminder that you are not so smart-yet you're never made to feel dumb. You Are Not So Smart is a dose of psychology research served in tasty anecdotes that will make you better understand both yourself and the rest of us.

Crazy Like Us, Watters

Discussion of how US concepts of psych disorders influences the world, and implications

Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience...

Becoming a critical thinker is a key goal for any education in psychology and this book is a very interesting read which differentiates science from pseudoscience.

The Demon Haunted World

The Demon-Haunted World. Sagan's classic book on the weird things we tend to believe in and why.

The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the

Drawing on research in social psychology, behavior genetics, child development, evolutionary psychology and anthropology, Judith Rich Harris reaches a controversial conclusion: Parenting styles have little lasting effect on their children's personalities and behavior. Aside from heredity, the major influences arise outside the home.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011: Drawing on decades of research in psychology that resulted in a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman takes readers on an exploration of what influences thought example by example, sometimes with unlikely word pairs like "vomit and banana."

Critical Thinking Companion

The Critical Thinking Companion for Introductory Psychology : Jane S. Halonen, Cynthia Gray: Books

Gut Instinct: A New Image Of Human Nature

Join us exploring a new Gut Psychology in the newly released book "What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct" by Martha C Love and Robert W Sterling.

Rival Hypotheses: Alternative Interpretations of Data Based Conclusions

This is an old book, but a goodie. It describes research studies and then asks what other explanations there could be for the results. Excellent for critical thinking.