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Reviews from previous edition Comprehensive, sound, readable, and up-to-date, this is probably the best single-volume dictionary of its kind. Weighty in substance, the work is nonetheless manageable; Colman uses words with grace and economy...Cross references are handled effectively...Browsers will find much food for thought and some intellectual treats...Eager to teach and entertain, Colman offers a list of do-it-yourself demonstrations in the preface. Essential wherever psychology matters. ― Library Journal

an authoritative style, an ability to communicate in clear but concise terms, and extensive knowledge of the subject matter...Andrew Colman appears to possess all of these qualities and his Dictionary of Psychology is the impressive result...The book has many strengths and is certainly to be recommended...I am pleased to have it on my bookshelf. ―
THES

Certainly a useful first port of call ―
The Psychologist

This book does not give bare definitions, it clothes them with context ―
New Scientist

The most comprehensive single-volume reference to psychology combines psychiatry and pschoanalysis under one broad umbrella ―
Forecast

This tome is a comprehensive lexicon of psychological terminology within a historical and medical context, creating an entertaining and readable blend of glossary and text. Of interest to psychologists and anyone curious about the intricacies of the human mind, the Dictionary of Psychology is the newest and best authority on psychological nomenclature...[it] will tell you anything you might - or don't - want to know about the subject. Another fine book from Oxford University Press. ―
www.gadflyonline.com

This is an attractive and comfortable dictionary to use...a required addition to larger public libraries and academic libraries...It is both classic and futurist, bringing together theory and practice and physical, emotional, and historical concepts used within the widening scope of psychology. It is great value for the price and would also be a welcome addition to any social scientist's personal library. ―
Booklist

an excellent dictionary that clarifies definitions...reasonably priced, this dictionary will be a terrific addition to any library. ―
American Libraries

a reasonably priced ready-reference source...a comprehensive overview of psychological terminology in an easy-to-use format. Entries are short, interesting, readable, and give a quick overview of the topic...a useful addition to a variety of libraries...invaluable for students and teachers ―
American Reference

this version, being more fulsome than most, is particularly useful... it will be a true reference aid and should form the backbone of any student library ―
Rebecca C Tovey, Psychology Teaching Review

For professionals and students of psychology, this is a good place to start their research ―
Library Journal

[U]seful to laypeople and professionals both ―
Choice for Academic Libraries

The number and range of entries promise, and deliver, great breadth of coverage from every branch if psychology...highly recommended ―
Booklist

Review

Reviews from previous edition Comprehensive, sound, readable, and up-to-date, this is probably the best single-volume dictionary of its kind. Weighty in substance, the work is nonetheless manageable; Colman uses words with grace and economy...Cross references are handled effectively...Browsers will find much food for thought and some intellectual treats...Eager to teach and entertain, Colman offers a list of do-it-yourself demonstrations in the preface. Essential wherever psychology matters. ― Library Journal

an authoritative style, an ability to communicate in clear but concise terms, and extensive knowledge of the subject matter...Andrew Colman appears to possess all of these qualities and his
Dictionary of Psychology is the impressive result...The book has many strengths and is certainly to be recommended...I am pleased to have it on my bookshelf. ― THES

Certainly a useful first port of call ―
The Psychologist

This book does not give bare definitions, it clothes them with context ―
New Scientist

The most comprehensive single-volume reference to psychology combines psychiatry and pschoanalysis under one broad umbrella ―
Forecast

This tome is a comprehensive lexicon of psychological terminology within a historical and medical context, creating an entertaining and readable blend of glossary and text. Of interest to psychologists and anyone curious about the intricacies of the human mind, the
Dictionary of Psychology is the newest and best authority on psychological nomenclature...[it] will tell you anything you might - or don't - want to know about the subject. Another fine book from Oxford University Press. ― www.gadflyonline.com

This is an attractive and comfortable dictionary to use...a required addition to larger public libraries and academic libraries...It is both classic and futurist, bringing together theory and practice and physical, emotional, and historical concepts used within the widening scope of psychology. It is great value for the price and would also be a welcome addition to any social scientist's personal library. ―
Booklist

an excellent dictionary that clarifies definitions...reasonably priced, this dictionary will be a terrific addition to any library. ―
American Libraries

a reasonably priced ready-reference source...a comprehensive overview of psychological terminology in an easy-to-use format. Entries are short, interesting, readable, and give a quick overview of the topic...a useful addition to a variety of libraries...invaluable for students and teachers ―
American Reference

this version, being more fulsome than most, is particularly useful... it will be a true reference aid and should form the backbone of any student library ―
Rebecca C Tovey, Psychology Teaching Review

For professionals and students of psychology, this is a good place to start their research ―
Library Journal

[U]seful to laypeople and professionals both ―
Choice for Academic Libraries

The number and range of entries promise, and deliver, great breadth of coverage from every branch if psychology...highly recommended ―
Booklist

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0199657688
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ OUP Oxford; 4th edition (22 Jan. 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 896 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780199657681
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0199657681
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.3 x 5.33 x 12.7 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Andrew M. Colman is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He graduated, first in Combined Studies and then in Psychology from the University of Cape Town, where he was appointed to his first teaching position, and he then lectured at Rhodes University before moving to the University of Leicester in the UK, where he was promoted to Reader in 1984 and Professor in 2000. His is the author of over 150 journal articles and 14 books, including the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology (4th edn, 2015). This dictionary has appeared on several Amazon bestsellers lists, including the Psychology & Psychiatry References and the and Neuroscience bestseller lists, since 2007 or before. Among his earlier books are Facts, Fallacies and Frauds in Psychology (1987), Game theory and its Applications in the Social and Biological Sciences (2nd edn, 1995), What is Psychology? (3rd edn, 1994), and A Crash Course in SPSS for Windows (4th edn, co-authored with Briony D. Pulford, 2008). He edited the two-volume Routledge Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology (1994), the 12-volume Longman Essential Psychology Series (1995), and several other books. He is fond of music (plays the piano) and puzzles of all kinds, especially crossword puzzles, and he used to play competitive chess. His personal homepage is at https://sites.google.com/view/andrew-m-colman/home


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