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APA dictionary of psychology
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2007.
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xvi, 1024 p. ; 27 cm.
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Reference book 150.3 APA 2007 1 .SOURCE. 2-07 B&T
Reference book BF31.A63 2007 1
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Reference book BF31.A63 2007 1 .SOURCE. ING,110115,9/06

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The American Psychological Association is proud to announce the publication of an invaluable addition to your reference shelf, one that represents a major scholarly and editorial undertaking. With over 25,000 terms and definitions, the APA Dictionary of Psychology encompasses all areas of research and application, and includes coverage of concepts, processes, and therapies across all the major subdisciplines of psychology. Ten years in the making and edited by a distinguished editorial board of nearly 100 psychological scholars, researchers and practitioners, the APA Dictionary of Psychology is destined to become the most authoritative reference of its kind. authoritative definitions; thousands of incisive cross-references directing the user to synonyms and antonyms, acronyms and abbreviations, and related terms and concepts that deepen the user's understanding of related topics; and balanced coverage of over 100 subject areas across the field of psychology including clinical, experimental, neuropsychology, cognitive, personality and social, developmental, health, psychopharmacology, methodology and statistics, and many others. Entries include nearly 8,000 terms from the APA's Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms registered] which helps students and researchers refine their APA database searches (such as the flagship PsycINFO registered] bibliographic database's 2+ million records). It also includes A Guide to Use and Quick Guide to Format that together explain important stylistic and format features to help readers most effectively use the Dictionary. covering biographies; institutions, associations and organizations; psychological therapies and interventions; and psychological tests and assessment instruments. It contains thumb tabs for locating definitions quickly and easily. Academicians, researchers, clinicians, undergraduates and graduate students, and professionals in allied mental health, education, medicine, and law, as well as academic and public libraries, will find the Dictionary essential.

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Booklist Review

At several hundred pages longer than other recent dictionaries of psychology, this volume casts a wide net over diverse subject areas within psychology's domain and related terms from anthropology, computer programming, medicine, molecular and population biology, pharmacology, physics, social services, statistics, and more. In fact, it can serve a number of disciplines because of the cross-disciplinary nature of its content. The primary audience is "psychologists, graduate and undergraduate students, and practitioners and researchers in allied mental health professions," but the dictionary is accessible for general readers as well. Though densely packed with 25,000 entries, the text is clear and readable. Definitions are concise, plainspoken, and designed to inform without mystifying readers. See also0 references are efficiently inserted in small caps within the definitions, and see0 references redirect readers to appropriate headwords. Appendixes conveniently list the "Biographical Entries," "Institutional and Organizational Entries," "Psychological Test and Assessment Instrument Entries," and "Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Approach Entries" found throughout. Although a standard dictionary will have many of the same single-word terms, this volume is replete with phrases-- major depressive episode0 , method of limits0 , naive participant0 , social stratification--0 as they apply to psychology and connected disciplines. Some terms, such as nervios0 , apply to a specific group, in this case, Latinos in the U.S. Another example is myriachit0 , a syndrome found in Siberia. This is a reasonably priced work of great breadth and depth that will be a fine addition to academic and large public libraries. --Linda Loos Scarth Copyright 2006 Booklist

Choice Review

Reaching out to a diverse group of possible users that includes professional psychologists, researchers in other professions, and the general public is a challenge for the compilers of a dictionary of psychological terms. For the world's largest and most well known association of psychologists to produce a dictionary gives the work an "out of the box" authority and prestige that few works share. Fortunately, the first edition of this dictionary lives up to its reputation. Although in time this volume surely will be superseded by later editions with corrections and additions, it is a stunning achievement, balancing concise definitions with a large, inclusive group of headwords (approximately 25,000). In addition to standard definitions, it contains about 100 brief biographical entries and 100 organizational entries, including a definition of the APA. This work would benefit from some illustrations, e.g., in the definitions of the various illusions. In comparison, Andrew M. Colman's A Dictionary of Psychology (2nd ed., CH, Oct'06, 44-0695) contains approximately 11,000 entries, some with illustrations, and its definitions tend to be somewhat lengthier. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. M. Sylvia St. Mary's University

Library Journal Review

Ten years in the making, the American Psychological Association's (APA) new dictionary was well worth the wait. Using an extensive, six-step review process, a team of nearly 100 editors made up of psychological scholars, researchers, and practitioners accumulated 25,000 terms and definitions-pared from 37,000-to include in the final work. Like Andrew M. Colman's A Dictionary of Psychology (Oxford Univ., 2006, 2d ed.), this work contains definitions of psychological concepts, processes, therapies, medications, and disorders; unlike Colman's Dictionary, it includes entries for biographies (e.g., French psychologist Jean Piaget, American biologist and human sexuality research scientist Alfred Kinsey), organizations (e.g., American Pain Society, Indian Health Service), and landmark legal decisions (e.g., O'Connor v. Donaldson; Williams v. Florida). More than 100 subject areas are covered in all. Bottom Line Professionals, researchers, students, and the general public will find this dictionary clearly marked and easy to use, though two helpful guides are also included. All entries are substantially cross-referenced, and four appendixes list those entries dealing with people, associations, psychotherapy, and psychological tests. Though the APA does discuss incorporating this reasonably priced resource into its online databases, academic and public libraries shouldn't wait to purchase. Highly recommended.-Jennifer Johnston, formerly with San Bernardino P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.