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The Cambridge Handbook of Visuospatial Thinking

Priti Shah and
Akira Miyake
Cambridge University Press 2005
ISBN: 0521807107
454 pages

The Cambridge Handbook of Visuospatial ThinkingVisuospatial thinking encompasses a wide range of thinking processes concerning space, whether it be navigating across town, understanding multimedia displays, reading an architectural blueprint or a map. Understanding it and in particular, how people represent and process visual and spatial information, is relevant not only to cognitive psychology but also education, geography, architecture, medicine, design, computer science/artificial intelligence, semiotics and animal cognition. This book presents a broad overview of research that can be applied to basic theoretical and applied/naturalistic contexts.

The Robot’s Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin

Keith E. Stanovich
University of Chicago Press, 2004
ISBN: 0-226-77089-3
358 pages

The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of DarwinThis book synthesizes work in the heuristics and bias tradition of reasoning research with insights from evolutionary psychology. The author argues that only by understanding the implications of evolutionary logic can humans begin to structure their behavior to serve their own ends.

Developmental Psychology and Social Change

David B. Pillemer (ed.) and
Sheldon H. White (ed.)
Cambridge University Press 2005
ISBN: 0521826187
412 pages

Developmental Psychology and Social ChangeWhat is the unique mission of developmental psychology? How has it evolved historically? What are its current challenges? The chapters in this collection present the view that research, history and policy are essential and interlocking components of a mature developmental psychology. In sharp contrast with the view that science is value-neutral, developmental psychologists have from the outset pursued the betterment of children and families through educational, childcare and health initiatives.

Health Psychology – A Cultural Approach

Regan Gurung
Thomson Wadsworth
ISBN: 0534626408
500 pages

Health Psychology - A Cultural ApproachStarting with a description of the biological, psychological, and sociological factors that determine who we are, the text examines cultural differences in major health behaviors, and health. Gurung focuses on key determinants of behavior, such as family, ethnicity, and religion, which are not always highlighted in health psychology books. A range of vivid examples from different cultural groups provides students with a comprehensive description of the basic theories in Health Psychology as well as an overview of cutting edge research in the field.

Popular Psychology: An Encyclopedia

Luis A. Cordon
Greenwood Press 2005
ISBN: 0-313-32457-3
296 pages

Popular Psychology: An EncyclopediaThe scientific field of psychology is less than 150 years old—most textbooks date its beginning to 1879. Since that fairly recent beginning, the field has grown rapidly, and the application of scientific method has led to many remarkable discoveries about how the human brain and mind actually work, along with what actually determines human behavior. The realm of pop psychology certainly overlaps the science of psychology, but there are large areas of the two that rarely meet. A central purpose of this book is to explore key areas of both, in hopes of finding what is good in the popular presentation of psychology, while providing some of the necessary tools for detecting those parts that are unworthy of serious attention.

Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Alan E. Kazdin
Oxford University Press 2005
ISBN 0-19-515429-0
410 pages

The book consists of two parts. The first part is a review of the treatment, arguably the most well investigated and established therapy for children and adolescents. Principles, techniques, evidence, and strengths and limitations are reviewed. The second part is a treatment manual that provides the content, foci, dialogue, and materials used in outpatient treatment for children and adolescents. There is an accompanying Web site to facilitate clinical use (www.oup.com/us/pmt).

Observer Vol.18, No.11 November, 2005

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