Baker & Taylor
"Confused by the 'cone of confusion'? Andrew Colman, psychology professor at the University of Leicester, Midlands, United Kingdom, and a British Psychological Society Fellow, has created an excellent dictionary that clarifies definitions of the most significant and difficult terms in the field of pyschology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and other related fields. Reasonably priced, this dictionary will be a terrific addition to any library."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002.
Perhaps one of the most useful, but certainly the most delightful feature of the dictionary are the Greek and Latin roots or other origins that Colan (psychology, U. of Leicester) provides in nearly every entry. He offers definitions of the most important and difficult words readers are likely to encounter in books and articles on psychology. In addition to the basic terminology of psychology and psychiatry, he delves into technical areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, and statistics where most such references dare not tread. He cross-references extensively rather than indexing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The most comprehensive single-volume reference to psychology combines psychiatry and psychoanalysis under one broad umbrella, addressing 10,500 topics.
Oxford University Press
From aggression to amnesia and from schizophrenia to shock therapy, here are 10,500 alphabetically arranged entries that cover all the major topics in psychology.
Guided by an eminent team of seven consultant editors--including Robert J. Sternberg, Harvey R. Schiffman, Dr. Leonard W. Hamilton, Daniel P. Kimble, and Dr. Robert Spitzer--Andrew Colman provides inA Dictionary of Psychology clear, concise definitions of terms and concepts in such areas as sensation and perception, cognition, learning and skills, mental disorders, emotion and motivation. Colman not only covers all areas of psychology, but he also explains relevant technical words from other disciplines used by psychologists, including psychiatry, neuroanatomy, and statistics--subjects that are often excluded from single-volume dictionaries of psychology. Likewise, this is the only dictionary to offer extensive coverage of psychoanalysis, with clear explanations of terms introduced by Freud, Jung, Adler, Erikson, Kohut, Lacan, Reich, and others. There is comprehensive coverage of phobias and phobic stimuli and mental disorders, as well as a list of over 700 abbreviations and symbols commonly used in psychology. All entries are detailed and explicit, with word origins and illustrations given where necessary. Moreover, the entries are far more extensively cross-referenced than customary. For example, the entry "visual illusion" includes cross-references to every particular visual illusion described in the dictionary, and the entry for "cranial nerve" directs the reader to all twelve of the human cranial nerves, each of which has its own separate entry.
Written by a leading authority and completely up to date, the Dictionary is an ideal resource for students of psychology, professional psychologists, and the general reader.