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So this is required reading for High School Psychology...

I liked it, but I'd also recommend Influence and anything by Ronald K. Siegel.

I actually read this book while I was taking a social psychology class in college and thought they went really well together. The author mentions many key terms you will later learn in class and it's nice to be able to make these types of associations. I haven't read many other psychology based novels so my opinion is probably not the best, however I still found it to be extremely complementary and interesting.

Influence is a great book. So are The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, The Tell-Tale Brain, and Musicophilia.

I enjoyed this book. It may not help the most for psychology, but it'll help you with interviews and stuff. And I can definitely see how it works with psychology. I would suggest reading it.

I think that this is a great book if the reader has an interest in psychology. But for studying psychology or neurobiology or cognitive/behavioural psychology I would recommend something more technical such as Neuropsychoanalysis in Practice: Brain, Self and Objects, it's pretty advanced but at least it's conclusive.

Blink has its flaws, but this is the kind of stuff Intro to Psych students should read - it's easy to digest and summarizes lots of super interesting research.

I'm electrical engineer and I couldn't have understood better. Maybe if I was psychologist I could have got it differently, not better.

Regardless of whether or not it will help you in your class, it's a painless read. There are two examples you should pay special attention to. The first is how the initial taste differs from our later sense of taste (Coke/Pepsi Challenge). This is an important clue about how the brain can be tricked into making poor food choices. The second example is the material on racism, which has especial resonance after the Ferguson incident. Gladwell gives a Harvard website that you should look at. You should also have an interesting time discussing whether or not you agree with his analysis of the Diallo incident.

Psychology is an extremely broad discipline with a lot of the most recent work being done in neuropsychology. It would be hard to get a "leg up" from reading any single book.

Good luck with your studies.

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