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This unique book closes the gap between psychology textbooks and the research that made them possible. Its journey through the headline history of psychology presents 40 of the most famous studies in the history of the science, and subsequent follow-up studies that expanded their findings and relevance. Readers are granted a valuable insider's look at the studies that cont This unique book closes the gap between psychology textbooks and the research that made them possible. Its journey through the headline history of psychology presents 40 of the most famous studies in the history of the science, and subsequent follow-up studies that expanded their findings and relevance. Readers are granted a valuable insider's look at the studies that continue to be cited most frequently, stirred up the most controversy when they were published, sparked the most subsequent related research, opened new fields of psychological exploration, and changed most dramatically our knowledge of human behavior.


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This unique book closes the gap between psychology textbooks and the research that made them possible. Its journey through the headline history of psychology presents 40 of the most famous studies in the history of the science, and subsequent follow-up studies that expanded their findings and relevance. Readers are granted a valuable insider's look at the studies that cont This unique book closes the gap between psychology textbooks and the research that made them possible. Its journey through the headline history of psychology presents 40 of the most famous studies in the history of the science, and subsequent follow-up studies that expanded their findings and relevance. Readers are granted a valuable insider's look at the studies that continue to be cited most frequently, stirred up the most controversy when they were published, sparked the most subsequent related research, opened new fields of psychological exploration, and changed most dramatically our knowledge of human behavior.

30 review for Forty Studies That Changed Psychology: Explorations Into the History of Psychological Research

  1. 5 out of 5

    Johnnycakes

    Very compact but immediately helpful in teaching Psychology. (Though it does make you wonder if we would know anything about human behavior without hurting monkeys and dogs).

  2. 4 out of 5

    RyanneAndHerBooks

    This. Everyone needs to be aware of a lot of these studies. I felt so much and became more aware of so much while reading these. I love psychology.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ((Silver O. Smith - I was born to be you.))

    DNF It was semi-easy to understand and follow along but I can not bring myself to agree with the tests in this book. There are several tests I read that question the ethics of psychology testing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly R

    Read for History of Psychology class. One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read for school. I liked the choice of studies. Unlike typical psych history textbooks, this was not someone's ramblings on people/events in the history of psychology. Rather, it was organized into ten chapters by ten topics. Each chapter contained 4 studies which were briefly summarized and discussed. If you are looking for a brief glance about how Psych has been practically applied over the last 100 or so years, re Read for History of Psychology class. One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read for school. I liked the choice of studies. Unlike typical psych history textbooks, this was not someone's ramblings on people/events in the history of psychology. Rather, it was organized into ten chapters by ten topics. Each chapter contained 4 studies which were briefly summarized and discussed. If you are looking for a brief glance about how Psych has been practically applied over the last 100 or so years, read this book :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Branham Greenwell

    Loved this book! It explains - and updates - many of the studies in Psychology I will use it a lot in my teaching of Psychology

  6. 4 out of 5

    Francesca

    I've always been interested in psychology. How the brain, emotions, personalities, emotions, and other things work. This book was required for our psychology class to read as the school year goes by. I was not disappointed. Each study was unique and interesting in its own way, hence why it changed psychology. It's written in a way that's easy to understand but includes vocabulary words people in the "Psychology field" use. Each study slowly changed my thoughts on people. I can now finally unders I've always been interested in psychology. How the brain, emotions, personalities, emotions, and other things work. This book was required for our psychology class to read as the school year goes by. I was not disappointed. Each study was unique and interesting in its own way, hence why it changed psychology. It's written in a way that's easy to understand but includes vocabulary words people in the "Psychology field" use. Each study slowly changed my thoughts on people. I can now finally understand why one person acts the way s/he does. I can look around and finally say "I know why she's sad" with not only the obvious reasons (the event that led the person to feel that way), but scientifically explain how the process works. It amazing to read about how researchers dedicate their lives to learn why we do things and feel the way we do. Reading each study made learn about things I would never explore and read about. I do not regret reading these studies and taking my psychology class.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Antczak

    This book is an excellent way to learn about the wide variety of studies that psychological science encompasses and to gain some familiarity with some of the most important, or at least influential, studies in psychology.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Decent primer for a student beginning in the field of psychology, with the forty listed research cases simplistically written in the different aspects of study.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe Cole

    This was a required textbook for my daughter's psychology class. She was initially less than enthused, but did admit at the end of the class that the book was interesting. She gave it 5 stars. This was a required textbook for my daughter's psychology class. She was initially less than enthused, but did admit at the end of the class that the book was interesting. She gave it 5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Grimm

    Great research, but some of the ethics and treatment of animals and people made me sad.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Read the translated version. Learned a lot! The most interesting experiment for me is "on being sane in insane places" (Rosenhan). Read the translated version. Learned a lot! The most interesting experiment for me is "on being sane in insane places" (Rosenhan).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cristine Jin

    Well-structured introduction regarding history and main ideas of psychology! Will recommended to anyone considering major in psych as an introduction.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Combs

    Interesting introduction to Psych for someone who's never studied the subject before. Doesn't read like a textbook at all, would recommend for anyone with a passing interest in Psychology. Interesting introduction to Psych for someone who's never studied the subject before. Doesn't read like a textbook at all, would recommend for anyone with a passing interest in Psychology.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Highly educational and a fun read if your interested in Psychology

  15. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Champagne

    This was a fascinating book. It is simply an intro to psychology workbook. The format for most books of this nature is not as streamlined. Each chapter is only a few pages and gives you the most pertinent information. This makes it easy for the reader to discuss afterwards. Perhaps this could be a problem if someone was trying to learn specific vocabulary, but I would assume the classroom setting would foster that. In my instance I read the book on my own and those details and tips for memory wo This was a fascinating book. It is simply an intro to psychology workbook. The format for most books of this nature is not as streamlined. Each chapter is only a few pages and gives you the most pertinent information. This makes it easy for the reader to discuss afterwards. Perhaps this could be a problem if someone was trying to learn specific vocabulary, but I would assume the classroom setting would foster that. In my instance I read the book on my own and those details and tips for memory would have only slowed my ability to absorb the info. I was already familiar with a lot of the material, but it still added new concepts. It was arranged by topics and that made it fun to pick and choose. Most of the cases were presented in a style that didn't overtly suggest things, but allowed the reader to infer it themselves afterwards. When there was a study on animals, it was easy to figure out the implications for humanity. But it didn't force it on the reader. I don't think people need to go out and find this book, but if you stumble on it, feel free to flip around it. It has some very enlightening passages (one that comes to mind is the study that women's genitals also engorge with blood during coitus, which should be common knowledge and yet is not).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamila

    The human mind is a weird place and this book proves it. Humans are probably the most unstable creatures out there and for some reason we're proud of it. This book was a required reading for my psychology class and the studies are crazy and mind boggling. From seeing if babies will throw themselves off a fake cliff to scaring little Albert into thinking while fluffy things will harm him. It's quite an interesting read. The human mind is a weird place and this book proves it. Humans are probably the most unstable creatures out there and for some reason we're proud of it. This book was a required reading for my psychology class and the studies are crazy and mind boggling. From seeing if babies will throw themselves off a fake cliff to scaring little Albert into thinking while fluffy things will harm him. It's quite an interesting read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I picked this one up at a garage sale because I was taking an online psychology course. Very informative, very relevant to my course and very interesting. Many of the studies are very close to or even over the line ethics wise but given the time-period they were done...well, that was then, this is now. I'm thinking specifically the Little Albert experiments. Couldn't do THAT nowadays. Google it. I picked this one up at a garage sale because I was taking an online psychology course. Very informative, very relevant to my course and very interesting. Many of the studies are very close to or even over the line ethics wise but given the time-period they were done...well, that was then, this is now. I'm thinking specifically the Little Albert experiments. Couldn't do THAT nowadays. Google it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I had to read this for summer homework, though i hated the giant work load i had to do i loved reading the book and itergrated the information into my head. It has changed my perspective on how other people behave and gave me insight on how they think. Because of this book, i view people differently and try to explain to myself why they are behaving as they are.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I had to read this for summer homework, though i hated the giant work load i had to do i loved reading the book and itergrated the information into my head. It has changed my perspective on how other people behave and gave me insight on how they think. Because of this book, i view people differently and try to explain to myself why they are behaving as they are.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This book would be best for a specific kind of reader who is looking for a semi-academic review of the most import psychology studies ever done. I found it a great review and reminder of what has been studied and learned over the years. It is succinct and interesting but not for someone who is looking for fiction or a little light reading.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    this book was really intresting! I was suprised since it is a book I had to read for school. all of the diffrents studies helped me learn so much about how are human brain works! it was a really engoying book to read for school. the studies go step by step and help you understand everything that is going on! overaall it was a great read. I wouldn't choose to read it just for fun though. this book was really intresting! I was suprised since it is a book I had to read for school. all of the diffrents studies helped me learn so much about how are human brain works! it was a really engoying book to read for school. the studies go step by step and help you understand everything that is going on! overaall it was a great read. I wouldn't choose to read it just for fun though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rozana AlBanawi

    If you there were only 1 psychology book to read, this would be sufficient. It tackles the main psychological research studies that changed the way we look at things such as love, conformity, obedience, overcrowding, and more. The book is easy to read, and it is organised in an accessible way for the reader. You don't have to read it ascendingly. If you there were only 1 psychology book to read, this would be sufficient. It tackles the main psychological research studies that changed the way we look at things such as love, conformity, obedience, overcrowding, and more. The book is easy to read, and it is organised in an accessible way for the reader. You don't have to read it ascendingly.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Well, I had to read this book for an AP Psych summer project. It was good, I guess...it's just that the outcomes of the studies all seemed pretty obvious to me. Still interesting though. I liked the "Picture This" and "Thanks For The Memories" the best. Well, I had to read this book for an AP Psych summer project. It was good, I guess...it's just that the outcomes of the studies all seemed pretty obvious to me. Still interesting though. I liked the "Picture This" and "Thanks For The Memories" the best.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Good review of studies that have had longstanding impacts on the various subfields of psychology. Succinct summaries of said studies, their implications, and more recent studies that have furthered the discussion and findings.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    A fascinating look at case studies, experiments, and tests done in the field of pyschology and full of good information. Yet this book is ultimately a textbook, and Mr. Hock wrote the book in textbook writing. The reading can be quite dull at times even if the subject of the study was interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sean Chick

    My rating is a bit unfair for this is a good source of information. I just could not get into it which might be due to the prose. I am also a bit critical of contemporary psychology, but to be fair this is a very balanced book in terms of the studies discussed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erica Thompson

    Such a great book for any student of psychology. The book clearly complies 40 of the most influential studies in the field of psychology The book is divided by topic with four articles per topic. I use this book in my high school AP Psych classes and college Gen Psych class.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I read most of this book for my Psychology class, and I really enjoyed it. It is clear and concise and interesting, allowing the reader to understand a study and its impacts whether or not you have experience in the field.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Great book to read along with a Psyc 101 course.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    a little dated now, but hard to improve on as an introductory eye opener on psychology - particularly how we perceive others and whether that perception is justified.

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