Classic Case Studies in Psychology: Third edition (Paperback)Geoff Rolls (author)
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The human mind is both extraordinary and compelling. But this is more than a collection of case studies; it is a selection of stories that illustrate some of the most extreme forms of human behaviour. From the leader who convinced his followers to kill themselves to the man who lost his memory; from the boy who was brought up as a girl to the woman with several personalities, Geoff Rolls illustrates some of the most fundamental tenets of psychology. Each case study has provided invaluable insights for scholars and researchers, and amazed the public at large. Several have been the inspiration for works of fiction, for example the story of Kim Peek, the real Rain Man.
This new edition features three new case studies, including the story of Charles Decker, who was tried for the attempted murder of two people but acquitted on the basis of a neurological condition, and Dorothy Martin, whose persisting belief in an impending alien invasion is an illuminating example of cognitive dissonance. In addition, each case study is contextualized with more typical behaviour, while the latest thinking in each sub-field is also discussed.
Classic Case Studies in Psychology is accessibly written and requires no prior knowledge of psychology, just an interest in the human condition. It is a book that will amaze, sometimes disturb, but above all enlighten its readers.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
"First published in 2005, this volume can be appreciated by a wide audience. Readers will appreciate the clarity of writing, appositive definitions, and the clear glossary. Historical and social contexts are vividly evoked. Many chapters include photos. A compelling textbook or reader for introductory, clinical, or history of psychology courses, the book should also be of significant interest to sociologists and historians. The third edition includes three new chapters. Summing Up: Recommended" - C. T. Fischer, emeritus, Duquesne University, USA, in CHOICE, July 2015
"This book gives a wonderful flavour of the wide variety of topics within psychology, and features some of the most well-known and influential case studies alongside those which have received less attention. Rolls demonstrates a deep understanding of his subject matter, and his clear style of presentation ensures the key aspects of each case study are covered in an accessible and engaging way without losing academic substance. I thought I was familiar with many of the case studies but I learned something new from each chapter and especially appreciated the unique focus on the personal stories of the people at the centre of each case study." - Dr Mandy Robbins, Glyndwr University and University of Warwick, UK
"This engaging new edition gives valuable insight into the lives and worlds of the famous names encountered by every student of psychology. It provides a greater context to the individual cases by illustrating their impact on psychology, and by explaining what happened to the individuals throughout the course of their lives." - Jamie Davies, Teacher of Psychology, Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull, UK, and editor of psychoblog
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