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    I have noticed quite a few threads where people have been asking for psychology related books to read. It made me think that we should have a thread where we can share and discuss interesting resources that we come across (books, journal articles, video clips, tv documentaries, blogs, websites, podcasts....).

    Waddaya think?

    Right- here is a compiled list of what we have got so far. Credit goes to the person(s) who posted the suggestion below. Feel free to add anything psychology related that has interested you and/or helped you in your studies (at any level). Open discussion as to the reliability and usefullness of all the resources is also a good idea.

    Books: Factual/Scientific
    The Blank Slate; The Stuff of Thought; The Language Instinct all by Steven Pinker;
    Into the Silent Land by Paul Broks
    Making Up the Mind by Chris Frith
    Descartes' Error; The Feeling of What Happens both by Antonio Damasio
    Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
    The Private Life of the Brain by Susan Greenfield is on Oxford's reading list.
    Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts (Two distinguished psychologists look at the role of self-justification in human life, explaining how and why we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility and restore our belief in our intelligence, moral rectitude, and correctness; assess the potential repercussions of such a course of action; and reveal how it can be overcome)
    Proust Was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer (Lehrer argues that many 20th and 21st-century discoveries of neuroscience are actually re-discoveries of insights made earlier by various artists, including Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman, Paul Cézanne, Igor Stravinsky, and, as mentioned in the title, Marcel Proust.)
    Mapping the Mind - Rita Carter (Mapping the Mind attempts to chart how human behaviour and culture are shaped by the architecture of the brain. Rita Carter sees individual personalities as reflecting the geography of their particular brain and searches for the biological mechanisms which create our thoughts and emotions. This book is carefully researched and beautifully illustrated in full colour and provides a challenging picture of what makes a human mind, and comes to some contentious conclusions about human behaviour and free will.)
    Various books by Desmond Morris (Manwatching, etc)
    Various books by Oliver Sachs (e.g The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat )
    'Consciousness Explained' by Daniel Dennett
    This is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession by Daniel J Levitin
    Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction by Susan Blackmore
    Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside by Katrina Firlik
    Useful e-book for perception modules: Online version of The Joy of Visual Perception - http://www.yorku.ca/eye/
    Madness Explained: Psychosis & Human Nature - Richard P Bentall
    The Lucifer Effect by Phillip Zimbardo

    Books: Fiction
    The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey (Alzhemier's)
    Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (Guilt/Murder)
    Madame Bovary by Flaubert (Narcissistic personality disorder)
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Personality Disorders/ Bipolar Depression)
    Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (Relating her experiences as a young woman in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.)
    The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart (It's fiction, actually written by a guy called George Cockcroft but under the pen name of Luke Rhinehart. It's about a psychiatrist who decides to base all his life decisions on the casting of dice (ie he writes down 6 possible options, casts a die, then picks the corresponding option from the number on the die). Quite controversial, and got banned in several countries, but a very good read.- midpikyrozziy )

    Websites
    http://www.psychlotron.org.uk/ (Revision help for AS and A2 students- suitable for most exam boards)
    Open Yale Courses- Introduction to Psychology [URL="http://oyc.yale.edu/psychology/introduction-to-psychology/content/class-sessions"]
    BPS Webzine www.thepsychologist.org.uk (contains research digest + longer articles, but you need to be logged in as a BPS member to see these)
    New Scientist website, and specific human brain & mental health sections of it:
    http://www.newscientist.com/
    http://www.newscientist.com/topic/brain
    http://www.newscientist.com/topic/mental-health

    Youtube and other Videos
    http://www.YouTube.com/jenningh (YouTube channel by an American psychology professor which has lots of great vids especially developmental)
    Social influence in action! Derren Brown- The Heist

    TED lectures
    Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing "Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions."
    Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours "Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too."
    Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves "Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications"
    Sherwin Nuland on electroshock therapy "Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland discusses the development of electroshock therapy as a cure for severe, life-threatening depression -- including his own. It’s a moving and heartfelt talk about relief, redemption and second chances."
    Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight "Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story."

    More Lectures
    MIT and Harvard have released a series of lectures that can be found on Itunes U
    http://oyc.yale.edu/psychology/intro...-to-psychology (audio, video and course material)
    http://www.hstalks.com/main/index_category.php?id=252 (Science-y lectures online, but you need an institution subscription to see more than 5min unless it's a free one)
    Stanford Have a really good series of 22 lectures on itunes U/youtube, on behavioural biology. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Oa4...8F2368C90DDC3D

    Radio Programmes/Podcasts
    Radio 4- All In The Mind

    Blogs
    Frontal Cortex by Jonah Lehrer, he a great blogger and apparently he's 'hot' (thought I would keep that bit of information in :p: ) http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/frontal-cortex/
    BPS Readers Digest http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/
    Mindhacks Blog: tagline 'Neuroscience and psychology tricks to find out what's going on inside your brain.'
    www.mindhacks.com
    Encephalon Blog: List of the best psychology & neuroscience blogs out there (some may be out of date) www.sharpbrains.com/resources/encephalon-blog-carnival/
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    Sounds good to me. If this thread takes off then it would be a good resource to the sub forum.
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    I like the sound of this thread :perv:
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    To get it started- here are some of the most recent psychology related TED lectures

    Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing
    Laurie Santos: A monkey economy as irrational as ours
    Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves

    The are lots of amazing videos on TED that I will post later- didn't want to post too many at once.
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    There is a YouTube channel by an American psychology professor which has lots of great vids especially developmental.

    http://www.YouTube.com/jenningh
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    Psychlotron is a brilliant site for resources. Word docs, powerpoints, PDF's and podcasts on a massive range of psychology topics, and suitable for many exam boards.
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    I'm thinking that if this thread takes off I will start compiling the suggestions into an organised list in the initial post so that they can be found easily.
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    (Original post by Katie_louise)
    I'm thinking that if this thread takes off I will start compiling the suggestions into an organised list in the initial post so that they can be found easily.
    On that note, if your not online if it gets to sticking, then I shall for you
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    (Original post by Loz17)
    On that note, if your not online if it gets to sticking, then I shall for you
    Sounds good to me



    ahhh psychology geekiness :nutcase:
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    Some suggestions for reading:

    The Blank Slate; The Stuff of Thought; The Language Instinct all by Steven Pinker;
    Into the Silent Land by Paul Broks
    Making Up the Mind by Chris Frith
    Descartes' Error; The Feeling of What Happens both by Antonio Damasio
    Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
    The Private Life of the Brain by Susan Greenfield is on Oxford's reading list.

    Fiction:
    The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey (Alzhemier's)
    Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (Guilt/Murder)
    Madame Bovary by Flaubert (Narcissistic personality disorder)

    Please don't put The Bell Jar or Girl, Interrupted on your PS! They are the kiss of death because they are such a cliche. Great books, but not appropriate for academic psychology - they'll more impressed if you have read something scientific, even if it is popular science, and can discuss it coherently.

    Oliver Sacks is a neuropsychiatrist and prolific and entertaining writer. You might try Awakenings, Musicophilia, An Anthropologist on Mars or Migraine to stand out from the crowd as so many applicants cite The Man Who Mitook his Wife For A Hat. Several of my students read them for their interviews for medicine/psychology and enjoyed them.
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    Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts - Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson

    Two distinguished psychologists look at the role of self-justification in human life, explaining how and why we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility and restore our belief in our intelligence, moral rectitude, and correctness; assess the potential repercussions of such a course of action; and reveal how it can be overcome

    Proust Was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
    http://www.jonahlehrer.com/about

    Lehrer argues that many 20th and 21st-century discoveries of neuroscience are actually re-discoveries of insights made earlier by various artists, including Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman, Paul Cézanne, Igor Stravinsky, and, as mentioned in the title, Marcel Proust.

    Mapping the Mind - Rita Carter

    Mapping the Mind attempts to chart how human behaviour and culture are shaped by the architecture of the brain. Rita Carter sees individual personalities as reflecting the geography of their particular brain and searches for the biological mechanisms which create our thoughts and emotions. This book is carefully researched and beautifully illustrated in full colour and provides a challenging picture of what makes a human mind, and comes to some contentious conclusions about human behaviour and free will.
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    ahh i like this thread
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    (Original post by pink giggle)
    ahh i like this thread
    got anything to add?
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    http://www.ted.com/talks/sherwin_nul...k_therapy.html
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    Sub sub sub!

    iTunes.edu do a good range of Psych lectures from MIT and Harvard :yy:
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    Various books by Desmond Morris (Manwatching, etc) - he's an ethologist rather than a psychologist... very interesting. Did an excellent series (The Human Animal I think) on TV ages ago.

    Also all of Oliver Sacks books - mentioned in one of the posts above. TMWMHWFAH really inspired me to go into medicine.
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    Love this thread, unfortunatley i have nothing to add as of yet
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    And 'Consciousness Explained' by Daniel Dennett.
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    There are so many great TED talks. Definitely check them out.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_...f_insight.html
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    (Original post by kiss_me_now9)
    Sub sub sub!

    iTunes.edu do a good range of Psych lectures from MIT and Harvard :yy:
    Ooo thanks- Will put it up. Any of them in particular?

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