Psychology and psychiatry round-up

November 8, 2012

The Psychology of Ageing: An Introduction

Author: Ian Stuart-Hamilton

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley

Pages: 464

Price: £29.99

ISBN: 978184905245

The author, a developmental psychologist at the University of Glamorgan, draws on three decades of research experience in this introductory text covering the nature of ageing and its relation to intellectual change, language, mental illness and personality, as well as considerations of the future of ageing and problems in measuring the psychological status of the elderly.

Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope

Authors: Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly

Edition: First

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Pages: 312

Price: £23.50 and £10.50

ISBN: 9781421403137 and 3144

The US-based academic authors, both psychiatrists, incorporate recent research and thinking on the disorder with the aim of conceptualising the condition in an original way. They argue that symptoms are the result of biological and behavioural problems, extremes of temperament, and impaired psychological coping, and they advocate a therapeutic approach.

Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice

Editors: Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy

Edition: First

Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing

Pages: 617

Price: £45.00

ISBN: 9781585623723

The authors have played a key role in defining and studying mentalisation-based therapy - a type of psychotherapy designed to help people consider their own thoughts and feelings and differentiate them from the perspectives of others. This text aims to serve as a source of information and instruction on this therapeutic technique, and covers individual and family therapy settings.

Theories of Personality

Authors: Duane P. Schultz and Sydney Ellen Schultz

Edition: Tenth international

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Pages: 560

Price: £49.99

ISBN: 9781111835231

Additions to this edition include a look at the impact of social networking on personalities, and material on the effects of child-rearing practices, gender, ethnicity and culture on the issues of personality development, test performance and the broader conceptions of human nature.

Fundamentals of Cognition

Author: Michael W. Eysenck

Edition: Second

Publisher: Psychology Press

Pages: 504

Price: £60.00 and £32.99

ISBN: 9781848720701 and 0718

This revised text aims to be more accessible to undergraduates via real-world case studies while drawing on research conducted in the past five years. The author looks to offer a balance between traditional approaches to cognition and cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology.

Transcending Taboos: A Moral and Psychological Examination of Cyberspace

Authors: Garry Young and Monica Whitty

Edition: First

Publisher: Psychology Press

Pages: 240

Price: £85.00 and £24.99

ISBN: 9780415579339, 79360 and 9780203126769 (e-book)

The authors discuss phenomena including "reality" sites depicting taboo images, social networking websites and online chatrooms. The book aims to foster discussion of whether some interactions should not be permissible even virtually, and to consider how we might cope with the potential moral freedoms afforded by cyberspace.

Social Psychological Dynamics

Editors: Derek Chadee and Aleksandra Kostic

Edition: First

Publisher: The University of the West Indies Press

Pages: 400

Price: £70.50

ISBN: 9789766402532

Intended as a reader for undergraduate study of social psychology, this book considers whether social psychological theories and principles are universal. Contributions highlight places in which social psychology has been applied, taking a comparative approach that challenges readers to consider how social problems are conceptualised.

Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology

Authors: Peter Mitchell and Fenja Ziegler

Edition: Second

Publisher: Psychology Press

Pages: 320

Price: £80.00 and £.99

ISBN: 9781848720503 and 0510

This new edition of a successful text by two UK-based scholars has been extensively revised to reflect recent findings in the field, and addresses questions ranging from whether children can be born "good" or "bad" to the roles played by nature and nurture in child development. Following a thematic approach, it outlines the main areas of the field, with each chapter addressing key topics such as theory of mind, attachment and moral development.

Abnormal Psychology

Author: Ronald J. Comer

Edition: Eighth

Publisher: MFK Worth Psychology

Pages: 736

Price: £49.99

ISBN: 9781464102868

Princeton University psychologist Ronald Comer aims to present undergraduate readers with coverage of theory, diagnosis and treatment, as well as cross-cultural perspectives and a focus on the real-life impact of mental illness.

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