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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $33.00
  • December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92712-2
  • 408 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Norton Psychology Reader


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Gary Marcus (Editor, New York University)


The perfect supplement to introductory psychology texts, The Norton Psychology Reader includes the best contemporary writing on the study of human behavior.

Editor Gary Marcus has carefully selected brief readings, mostly from popular trade books, that are both relevant and interesting to the introductory student.




    Chapter One – Pioneers

    William James, from The Principles of Psychology
    Sigmund Freud, from The Unconscious

    Chapter Two – Methods

    Darrell Huff, from How to Lie with Statistics
    Keith Stanovich, from How to Think Straight about Psychology

    Chapter Three – Evolution and Genes

    Steven Pinker, from How the Mind Works
    Gary Marcus, from The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Create the Complexities of Human Thought

    Chapter Four – Evolution and Genes

    Antonio R. Damasio, from Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain
    Oliver Sacks, from The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

    Chapter Five – Sensation and Perception

    Donald D. Hoffman, from Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See
    Howard C. Hughes, from Sensory Exotica: A World beyond Human Experience

    Chapter Six – Language

    Steven Pinker, from The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
    Mark C. Baker, from The Atoms of Language: The Mind’s Hidden Rules of Grammar

    Chapter Seven – Learning

    John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner, Conditioned Emotional Reactions
    Noam Chomsky, A Review of B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior
    Marc D. Hauser, from Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think

    Chapter Eight – Cognitive Development

    Alison Gopnik, Patricia Kuhl, and Andrew Meltzoff from The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn
    Paul Bloom, from Descartes’ Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human

    Chapter Nine – Memory and Cognition

    Daniel L. Schacter, from Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past
    Daniel M. Wegner, from The Illusion of Conscious Will

    Chapter Ten – Intelligence

    Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray, from The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
    Daniel Goleman, from Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

    Chapter Eleven – Motivation and Stress

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, from Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
    Robert M. Sapolsky, from Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Dieseases, and Coping

    Chapter Twelve – Emotion

    Joseph LeDoux, from The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life
    Paul Ekman, from Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life
    Natalie Angier, from Woman: An Intimate Biography

    Chapter Thirteen – Social Psychology

    Robert B. Cialdini, from Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
    Shelley Taylor, from The Tending Instinct: How Nurturing Is Essential to Who We Are and How We Live

    Chapter Fourteen – Personality

    Jerome Kagan, from Galen’s Prophecy: Temperament in Human Nature
    Judith Rich Harris, from The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do
    Malcolm Gladwell, Personality Plus

    Chapter Fifteen – Culture

    Donald E. Brown, from Human Universals
    Richard E. Nisbett, from The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently… and Why
    Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd, from Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution

    Chapter Sixteen – Disorders

    Sylvia Nasar, from A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
    Kay Redfield Jamison, from An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
    Temple Grandin, from Thinking in Pictures, and Other Reports from My Life with Autism

    Chapter Seventeen - Treatment

    Peter D. Kramer, from Listening to Prozac: A Psychiatrist Explores Antidepressant Drugs and the Remaking of the Self
    Aaron T. Beck, from Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders

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