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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Peter Gray's Psychology has become a favorite of instructors with its exploration of psychology's major theories, and the evidence that supports and refutes these theories.  Each edition incorporates an exceptional amount of contemporary research, encouraging students to probe for the purposes and biological origins of behavior--the "whys" and "hows" of human psychology.  Peter Gra
Hardcover, Fifth Edition, 768 pages
Published April 14th 2006 by Worth Publishers (first published January 1st 1991)
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Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Psychology is meant as an introductory book to the field of psychology, and is often used in psychology studies for this very purpose (as a matter of fact, I read it as part of my bachelor course Introduction of Psychology). In that sense, it seems to succeed, as it covers a varied amount of topics that are all integral parts of the field of psychology.

To name them, this book has chapters on: foundations/methods of psychology, adaptiveness of behaviour (genetic/evolutionary, and learning), physiological m
Jan Cornelis
Clear and a good starting point for your questions within the field.
Plus: it got artyfarty-pictures ++
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Followed the reading while listening to an Intro to Psych Yale Open Course lectures on iTunes U, and it was great! I took several Psychology courses back in my undergrad and it was fun to go back through and review the different theories and schools of thoughts and explanations of behavior. I still learn from these foundational principles in my life today.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
in one word wonderful.
as a first year psychology student this book opened my mind to a whole new class of knowledge and made me fall in love with it and helped me decide what I wanted to work on as a psychologist.
I've also skimmed through the Atkinson textbook of psychology, but I have to say gray is the better one to read.
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear and very well-structured. The very first book that everyone who wants to learn about psychology must read.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Read this book for an introductory class in psychology. It is quite an easy read and it will succeed in familiarizing students and others with the main fields and theories of psychology. However, I felt it was not thorough enough. The moment your interest is tickled, it moves on to the next subject.
So, it is perfect as a quick 'getting to know psycholoy' or for refreshing some facts about basic neurology or emotion. A great study aid, but not original or thought-provoking in itself. Then a
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is one of the worst textbooks ever written, at least for college. I mean, the guy just drouns on and on without ever really saying anything important, and his organization is shoddy at best. Not a great contribution to education. oh, and overpriced.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Connie Varnhagen U of A Psych - wicked prof! Humble-esque :D
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Dr. Peter Gray is a research professor at Boston College. He is now retired but continues to publish research and give guest lectures.
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