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Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research (6th Edition) 6th Edition

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 6th edition (April 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013603599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136035992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2010
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Roger Hock's book reviews forty studies which have heavily influenced the direction of psychology. Many will be familiar to even a first-year psychology major. And you may feel he has left out a few--I was surprised not to find George Miller's "The Magic Number Seven Plus or Minus Two" in the Intelligence, Cognition and Memory chapter, for example. The studies he has chosen are good ones, though.

My five favorites among the chapters:

"Little Emotional Albert" is based on Watson, J.B. and Raynor, R. (1920). Conditioned emotional responses. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 3, 1-14. This article describes applied research that scared a little boy with a loud noise while he was looking at a white rat. The researchers then documented how this fear generalized to similar objects. The study was groundbreaking in its time and a good stimulus for a discussion of research ethics.

"What You Expect is What You Get" is based on Rosenthal, R. and Jacobson, L. (1968). Teachers' expectancies: Determinates of pupils' IQ gains. Psychological Reports, 19, 115-118. The study shows that students may become more or less intelligent depending on what their teacher's have been told about their intelligence.

"In Control and Glad of It!" is based on Langer, E.G. and Rodin, J. (1976). The effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged: A field experiment in an institutional setting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 34, 191-198. The article shows the benefits of choice and self-determination in elder care. It is an early produce of Jean Langers work on Mindfulness and its effects in a number of settings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandy Bergenstock on April 30, 2012
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I am teaching an AP course in Psychology, and I am happy to have recommended this book used by about 9 out of 10 other AP teachers. It has the orginal studies, research & analysis from the most famous studies in psychological history. A great introduction to the study of the mind and how far we've come since we first started. My kids enjoyed reading this book and reflecting on it's studies. Almost all the studies in this book were at one time questions on the AP psychology test & are found throughout of text book, Psychology modules, 8th edition Myers, which is also highly recommended as a text for AP psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vikyshasuperstar on September 26, 2009
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This is a very insightful, easy to read, and informative piece of literature. This book would be equally valuable to a person in the field of Psychology as well as any other curious reader. The author presents a number of important studies in Psychology that changed the field and (for many) the existing knowledge for ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie on March 6, 2014
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I bought this book for my Psychology 101 class as a required text. I thought it would be really boring, but I actually find it very interesting. It covers some very important, ground-breaking studies and provides context, as well as discussion and follow-ups, of each study.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By swazyR on March 4, 2012
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This book is great if you want to learn about credible research done. It gives you information about the experiments, reasearchers and counterpoints towards their arguements/theories.
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My daughter needed this for school and it came quickly. She seemed to enjoy it for the assignment she was given. Not sure she would have read it if it wasn't assigned to her. But overall, it met our expectations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By des on January 13, 2013
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Interesting text, clear concise and good textbook for any psych class. Great summaries and background information on studies and researchers.
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My grandson has found it fascinating. I bought it for his AP Psychology class. I am a psychologist and found it certainly transported me back to my first graduate school experience!
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