Psychology A Level Wider Reading

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Wider Reading/Research - Psychology

(please recommend useful or interesting books/films/lectures/podcasts etc.)

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
Madness Explained: Psychosis & Human Nature - Richard P Bentall
The Lucifer Effect by Phillip Zimbardo
Classic Case Studies in Psychology – Geoff Rolls. Amazing book, covers a wide range of types of Psychology.
In Search Of Self- Virginia Axline – Dibs -. Explained in brief in Rolls' book, but goes indepth about a 'disturbed' child and his recovery through play therapy.
Phantoms of the Mind - V.S Ramachandran ( this book is fantastic! I really recommend it )

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 )


Introductions to psychology

Books
Frith, C. (2007) Making up the Mind. [BPS book award winner]
Benson et a. (2012) The psychology book. [BPS book award winner]
Winston, R (2003) The Human Mind: And How to Make the Most of IT.
Stanovich, KE (2013) How To Think Straight About Psychology.
Hock, RR (2012) Forty Studies That Changed Psychology
Lilienlfeld, SO (2009) 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior

Books in specific areas of psychology
Behaviorism
Staddon, J (2014) The New Behaviorism
Skinner, BF (1974) About Behaviorism.
Rescorla, R.A. (1988) Pavlovian Conditioning: It's not what you think it is. PDF ATTACHED

Human Evolutionary Perspective
*Dunbar (2014) Human Evolution: A Pelican Introduction.
*Any Frans de Waal Book. He's a renowned primatologist also interested in human behavior. Our Inner Ape(2006) Chimpanzee Politics (1998) & TED TALK http://goo.gl/4FVyYR
Laland & Brown (2011) Sense & Nonsense: Evolutionary Perspectives on human behaviour. [quite techinical at times, and not aimed for a level students, but too good to leave out]
Davies, N.B. (2012) An introduction to Behavioural Ecology.

Abnormal Psychology
Books
Bentall, RP (2004) Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature. (BPS book award winner)
Ward, J (2008) The frog that croaked blue [on synaesthesia]
Rose, S (2006) Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the brain.
Snowden, R (2012) Basic Vision: An Introduction to Visual Perception (2nd Edition). [A Textbook, but hugely readable, and not too complex for sixth formers to read]
Briathwaite, V (2010) Do Fish Feel Pain?
Raine, A (2014) The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime
Social psychology
Books
Aronson (2011) The Social Animal.
Kahneman (2012) Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Any Gigerenzer book http://goo.gl/c5rHIW http://goo.gl/jtRxfW http://goo.gl/v3YYoJ
Bond (2015) The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do
Shalrot (2012) The Optimism Bias: Why we're wired to look on the bright side

Cognitive & developmental psychology
Books
Posner, MI (2012) Attention in a Social World. https://goo.gl/D1Chpu
Flynn, JR (2012) Are We Getting Smarter? http://goo.gl/1SnQGa
Stanovich (2010) What Intelligence Tests Miss. http://goo.gl/4ggoSS
Gazzaniga, M (2008) Cognitive Neuroscience [textbook] http://goo.gl/LkVCHa
Fernyhough (2009) The Baby in The Mirror. http://goo.gl/yEjh8h
Gopnik (2009) The Philosophical Baby http://goo.gl/mvXEyI
Daheane, S (2011) The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics http://goo.gl/d6ua0E
Slater (2012) Developmental Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies https://goo.gl/Iu7uzV

Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
Greenfield, S. (2016) A Day in the Life of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk
Frith, C. (2007) Making up the Mind: How the brain creates our mental world.
Buzsaki, G (2011) Rhythms of the Brain

Other Psychology
Hammond, C (2012) Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception. (BPS book award winner). http://goo.gl/CPeizt
Wynn, T & Coolidge, F.L. (2012) How To Think Like a Neandertal. http://goo.gl/Aj9JgJ
Fine, C. (2011) Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Difference. http://goo.gl/H1hWV1
Hines, M. (2004) Brain Gender. http://goo.gl/QySIbQ
Marzluff, J & Angell, T (2013) Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans. http://goo.gl/yt1j9l
Halpern (2016) Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference

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


Radio Programmes/Podcasts
Radio 4- All In The Mind

Blogs
Frontal Cortex by Jonah Lehrer, he a great bloggerhttp://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) http://www.sharpbrains.com/resources...blog-carnival/
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)
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.
Derren Brown's "Tricks of the mind"

In Search of Self- Dibbs ( about a child who is autistic and helped through play therapy)
Awakenings' is also a very interesting read about his treatment of patients suffering from a form of Parkinsonism.



Other Non-Psychology Stuff
These may not talk about psychology specifically, but will be useful for thinking about psychological topics anyway

Chalmers, AF (1999) What is this thing called science? http://goo.gl/Rz1Cmf
Goldacre, B (2009) Bad Science http://goo.gl/UJxkkB
Stringer, C. (2012) The Origin of Our Species. http://goo.gl/Zpuryi

Radio 4 Podcast. More or Less. [Explains the statistics used in the news- and often uncovers how they are misused or just very wrong. Lots of statistics in psychology, and a lot of misuse of statistics in psychology, so its very applicable. Sometimes they also cover psychology research too.]

Lectures
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
Introductions to psychology

Lectures
Introduction to Psychology, Paul Bloom, Yale University (20 lectures)
Introduction to Psychology, Jeremy Wolfe, MIT (23 lectures)
Human Behavioral Biology, Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University, 25 lectures.
Social Psychology
Lectures

Introduction to Social Psychology (Lecture Series), UC Berkeley.
Introduction to Social Psychology (Lecture Serries, Freed-Hardeman University.
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Brilliant Thankyou
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i might be a bit late on this,

but i watched 2 great TED talks:
- Carol Dwek- the power of believing that you can improve https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dwec...ou_can_improve
- Vilayanur Ramachandran (creator of mirror therapy)- 3 clues to understanding your brain https://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramacha...ing_your_brain

And hidden valley road is a great article/book you can find online about examples of schizophrenia.
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I know this is a 9 month old thread but this is beautiful, even though I'm not even applying for Psychology. :cry2:
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