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      27.11.2012 13:55

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      A great basic reference for A Level and new undergraduate psychology students

      This is a fabulous book for anyone studying psychology. It is aimed at A Level students really but I used it whilst I was doing a degree and found it very useful, especially in my first year. In my second and third years I found it wasn't specific or detailed enough for the level of work I was doing but I still liked to use it as a general reference book and for basic definitions of things etc.

      The book is huge, over 1000 pages long, and so looks a bit daunting at first but it is laid out really well with diagrams and photographs as well as the text making it really easy to follow. It contains definitions of the basic concepts of psychology such as cognitive, biological etc as well as the basic theories of Freud, Skinner, Darwin, Rogers etc, as well as more detailed explanations and examples.

      It is something that would be used for reference, rather than a book that you would sit down and read from start to finish. I found it a great source of information for the first year of my degree when looking at learning styles, early development, treatment styles and therapies. I probably referenced it in all of my first year essays and some of my second year ones. I would have struggled without it as it was a great base for establishing my initial understanding and then expanding on that by using other more detailed sources.

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      16.07.2012 02:30
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      Excellent book, i will keep mine forever

      This is a monster of a book but is perfect for anyone wanting to under go a psychology course from A level to degree, or for anyone who is just looking to understand that bit more.

      This book covers all the major topics and more in enough detail, as you venture through the book it does become more complicated, but as a learner the stuff you read at the begining will become apparant as you venture through.
      I brought my book when i started my access to nursing and midwifery and by the end of the course this book was my main refernce point.

      The book has a user friendly desgin, its easy to follow and aslong as you dont lay down reading its user friendly to read. For the students it has the references all in one place along with page numbers for those all important assignments. This book covers all the main ideas in psychology including: the biological basis of behaviour, cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psych, individual differences and issues and debates.

      The contents is broken down into catergories, sub catergories for easy finding and these are all colour co-ordinated. Each new chapter has an index to break down the content of the chapter. It then goes into a general introduction, giving a brief over view before it does into more detail.

      There are illustrations and diagrams galore but they tie in with the content and help you to understand what the text is saying also the technical terms are written in italics so you know which words are content related. The book does contain some huge paragraphs of text but then there are different boxes surrounding to help explain what has been said, also within these boxes it gives examples of studies which have been carried out. E.G under obdenice and conformity you will find info on the stanford prision experiement.

      I highly recommend this book ; it's a great read, easy to follow, understand and extremely usefull for students.

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        25.01.2010 09:17
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        Must have text book for all psychology students

        A absolute must have for those who are studying psychology. This book will take you from a college course to a university degree, you will get your moneys worth with the book. The chapters are well presented and are easy to get to, each psychology perspective is in different colours making it effortless to find what it is your looking for. The book is easy to read and is very well laid out, but most imporantly it is enjoyable to read. Most psychology lecturers will recommend Gross for your research. This edition also come with a cd rom packed with games etc which is fun to use and helps you to understand just how much you know about psychology. The other editions in my opinion are just as good but it is always suggested to buy the latest edition to keep up to date, also the other editions do not have the cd rom.

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        28.07.2009 12:45
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        Perfect book for those starting psychology

        This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn psychology or are just interested in the subject. It really does do a great job as an introductory book. It covers all the major topics in enough detail so you know what's going on. I bought mine when i started uni and i has been a really helpful reference point.

        The layout of the book is really user friendly and easy to follow and read. There are lots of illustrations and diagrams to help explain the content and it just breaks down the chunks of text making it more interesting to read. All the different chapters are broken down into sub categories and they are colour co-ordinated. Apart from the main paragraphs of text there are different boxes for different information. The boxes explain certain things in more detail and usually gie a list of studies which are related to the topic. There are also boxes with 'ask yourself' questions designed to make you think about the issues and points within the topic. Each new chapter has an index to break down the content of the chapter. It then goes into a general introduction, giving a brief over view before it does into more detail.

        It's very well written and there are lots of studies and theories which are explained to you in a clear and interesting manner. It's very easy to read and they write the technical terms in italics so you know which words are content related. It covers all the main ideas in psychology including: the biological basis of behaviour, cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psych, individual differences and issues and debates. These are just the broader areas of psychology. The books tries to cover as many topics in each area as possible. It does not cover everything but as a introductory book it is enough.

        After reading it you will know a lot more about psychology and will definately be able to discuss with others about it and formulate your own opinions, which means the book has served it's purpose. It isn't biased in anyway it merely states the facts. It allows you to discover which areas interest you more so you can read about it in more detail. This definately great for those studying psychology both for A-level and degree level. Although other books will be needed to further your knowledge.

        It also has an extensive list of references which makes it easy to learn more and read the original articles if desired. I highly recommend it; it's a great read really easy to follow and understand.

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        18.06.2009 17:06

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        This Psychology "bible" is a good value textbook for study or reference

        Psychology is a vast subject, so it's understandable that this is a monster of a textbook (think two telephone directories and you'll get the picture). It is a fantastic overview of a diverse, fascinating subject and covers everything you will need to know for A-level and undergraduate courses, although I also know of experienced Clinical Psychologists who refer back to this "bible" regularly.

        I bought a copy of the 4th edition from Amazon for £26.99 and it comes with a CD-rom that has extra exercises, downloadable study schemas and some sample essay questions that I found really useful just before my exam.

        The layout is varied and clear, with colour photos, colour diagrams, key study tables and "ask yourself" sections which invite you to reflect on what you've just read and consider the subjects in more depth. All the major topics of psychology are here, sectioned into 7 parts such as Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology, so you can quickly navigate to the area of psychology you are most interested in.

        This is great value for money, the information is invaluable and the CD is a worthwhile add-on to vary your learning approaches. Highly recommended.

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        18.05.2009 21:08
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        A impressive book for all psychology students

        Richard Gross's Psychology book is an excellent book for beginning the study of Psychology. I first came across this book when i began study AS Psychology at college. My teacher introduced us to the book and it was a real life saver.
        Psychology is very complex and there are a lot of complex and technological words and phrases and Gross's book helps to make this a lot easier to understand and puts it into plain English rather than Psychological speak.
        It has at least 50 chapters full of everything from the very basics such as the many different paradigms and school of thoughts in Psychology. It tells you all about the key figures such as Freud and Skinner and sets out the ground rules and central points.
        I found this book very useful and in doing my my AS and A levels it helped me out a great deal. It also continued to be useful in the early stages of my undergraduate degree and if ever i got stuck, i knew i could rely on this book to help me out.
        It can be quite expensive, but for the quality and the information that is presented it is very good and definitely worth getting if you are a psychology student.

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        01.05.2009 09:52
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        Like the holy grail only full of human behaviour

        I started an Access course last September dealing in Psychology and Sociology and was reccommend this book written by the renowned Psychologist Richard Gross. As I'd never studied Psychology before I needed all the help I could get and this book is just a brilliant insight into everything you'll need to know for A Level Psychology and is also a good resource to have if you're going on to degree level or even persuing a career in Social Work or anything health related.
        The book comes in at a whopping 1024 pages depending upon which edition you purchase and can usually be found for about 27.00 in most places though of course you can find it in most accademic libraries. And the book is just that - accademic. I wouldn't reccomend purchasing it if you're just into a little bit of light reading as its far too heavy and information packed to support your bedtime reading needs. But if you're a student then it is a great guide to help you get your head around the often complex theories and such of the world of Psychology.

        The sections covered in this book are:

        1) The nature and scope of pychology.
        2) The biological basis of behaviour and experience.
        3) Cognitive psychology.
        4) Social psychology.
        5) Developmental psychology.
        6) Individual differences.
        7) a shorter section on Issues and debates.
        Index and such at the back

        However these are then broken down into about 50 or so chapters which delve into a lot more specific topics ranging from comformity and obedience to stress and various aspects of abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology.
        Each chapter has a basic introduction, overview and a summary at the end. There are also various questions scattered throughout which encourage you not to just read but to apply the information you're [supposedly] absorbing.
        The language can be a little complex in places and you may need to read individual sections a lot of times before they even begin to make any sense but the majority of the book is easy to get through, laid out neatly and uses a mixture of words and pictures that make the learning experience a lot less daunting. Gross clearly understands the need for students to find information but also not to be boggled by the vast amount of words on a written page and the book is attractive in the fact that its colourful and also manages to get across all the relevant information without sounding too long winded. Literally everything you'll need for your exams and such is covered somewhere in this book with the more popular areas like Milgram's obedience study and mental disorders receiving more page room.

        Sometimes its extremely difficult to pinpoint just one area and that's where the index comes in handy. Not only is there an index that deals with commonly used words in the subject but you can also search by Psychologist or researcher in a separate index which can make it easier to find information relating to a specific experiment or such.

        The arguments and experiments covered are weighed out logically with the book offering both positive and negative criticisms of the various ideas explored. The only negative issue I had was its lack of information on the Criminal aspects of Psychology as this is one of the units I was studying but I suppose in turn that would be more suited to a book on say Criminology. There was some background information on the topic but I felt that the book skipped over a lot of what we did in class whereas other modules were covered in almost microscopic detail.

        For a newcomer to Psychology this book is definately a bible. It might not appeal to you if you're already advanced in the subject but its still a fairly decent value for money and with Psychology definately considered one of the more difficult subjects certainly at A Level you may find yourself needing every friend you can lay your hands on. Even Mr Gross.

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          18.05.2008 19:37

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          If a beginner in Psychology, buy it!

          Richard Gross' book has been a bible to students for over 20 years. Beginning as a much thinner but, nontheless, still informative "A" level text, this volume has been through numerous revisons, editions and updates over the years. This is now considered THE general introductory textbook at an undergraduate level and this latest edition does not disappoint.

          The book contains overviews of the latest research in all areas of psychology, with the sections on cognitive and social psychology being particulary rounded.

          One criticism that I do still hear relating to the volume is that it does not go into any real depth on any particular topic. While this is true, it is also plain that the book is not designed to be an in-depth examination of any particular aspect of the discipline of Psychology, instead aiming to introduce all the main facets of this wide field at an introductory level. From here the student may investigate further, employing the admirable set of references given and explore the pertinent texts cogent to the areas they wish to investigate.

          When all is considered, I could not recommend a better user friendly text for the beginner in Psychology. For this Gross' book deserves high praise indeed, continually being the most comprehensive textbook of the starter level a student can buy.

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          16.02.2008 18:40

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          A must for any psychology student

          This is a fantastic text book for anyone studying psychology at AS level or A level

          There are 50 chapters in this book so it coveres everything you could possibly need to know and sometimes in a lot more detail than you actually need but i like that aspect of the book.

          Each chapter has an introduction, telling what it was all about and at the end of each chapter there are summaries of what you have just learnt which i found to be very helpful when revising as it meant i didnt have to go over the whole chapter again.

          This book has been reprinted many times, this is because as new evidence becomes available to explain certain things the old version becomes out dated, mine is 8 years old now and doesnt have a cd but i believe the new version also comes with a cd rom to help with revision aswell as other material not in the book.

          my favorite parts of psychology and this book were criminal, cognitive, social and developmental psychology.

          This book is realy easy to understand and is very useful in a lot of subjects not just psychology.

          There are over a 1000 pages to the book and it is just under £30 which is quite reasonable for a book with so much info in it.

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          14.09.2006 19:59
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          Great for those who need to gain indepth knowledge on a specific subject, in a short time frame.

          I am an undergraduate of nursing, and this text book was our top recommended book for the module of "Human development, behaviour and health".

          I purchased the 5th edition of this book from the uni book store for £27.50 in a soft back, not too bad really when you consider that it is 1007 pages long.

          Written by Richard Gross the book describes itself as "a definitive introduction to psychology. Essential reading for all psychology students and those following a wide range of courses - including health, nursing, and social work - as well as the interested general reader."

          The first thing I have to say about that is, if you are "the interested general reader" dont buy this book, it is far too heavy to read in the bath or go to bed with, as for taking it out on the bus its just not practical!!!

          The main sections of the book are

          1) The nature and scope of pychology.
          2) The biological basis of behaviour and experience.
          3) Cognitive psychology.
          4) Social psychology.
          5) Developmental psychology.
          6) Individual differences.
          7) a shorter section on Issues and debates.

          Each section is roughly the same length and is broken down in to smaller chapters (50 in total) and each chapter has an introduction, an overview and a summary. Some have those little questions that are supposed to make you apply what you have learnt.

          The chapters are well layed out, there are colour pictures, and headings and sub headings. Diagrams are used and some important statements are high lighted.

          The language used is simple enough for me, and the writing style is fluent. there is no glossary in the book though.

          personally I find psychology can be confusing at times with all its founders and all thier (frankly quite odd) ideas, but this book is quite easy to read. It presents the arguments logically, and provides evidence to support its statements. Thier is a huge refrence list at the back.

          I have read disscussions which suggest this book is better for A level students, in answer to that I would say the essay I used this book to write was graded at about 85%, so the book was obviousley indepth enough for my essay.

          I consider this book to have been a good buy, and good value for money. It may not be indepth enough for those on a pyschology degree or people with a background in it, but I felt as a newbie to the psychology world it was deffinatley enough detail for me.

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            26.08.2002 19:25

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            Excellent text for A level students. If you buy one text book, buy this one. Very detailed. - Advantages: This book contains EVERYTHING you will need for A level Psychology. Highly detailed text - Disadvantages: Not good for revising with as it is so comprehensive

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            16.08.2001 22:30
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            • "insufficient for undergraduates"

            Really this book needs two reviews, since it claims to be useful both for A'level and undergraduate study. As an A'level text I would rate it very highly. I found it interesting, and informative, giving a grounding to the subject at an appropriate level. The illustrations and photos also helped make it more accessable. At an undergraduate level, however, I found that it began to gather dust on the bookshelf. It really does not go into the detail required for that level of study, although it would be a useful pre-course introduction for those who never studied A'level psychology, or a refresher for those who did. On the whole I would rate it highly as an A'level text, but would recommend more indepth and specialised books for further study. Hence: useful...but....

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              12.06.2001 21:52
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              I used Gross throughout my A-level Psychology course last year and found it was a great help in my studies. Gross introduces the key theorists the key concepts and therefore is quite useful for students trying to get to grips with the terminology used in this field. However, Gross has a tendency to go into far more depth than is necessary for an A-level understanding, these are bits I just simply didn't read or got too confused with. Anyway, I think its worth a look especially if your struggling and need to understand what its all about! It did me a favour - I got an A in my Alevels thanks to this book.

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                14.03.2001 05:07

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                this book is a very good book about psychology, i loved it from the start and it grew on me further till the conclusion. if u have ever wanted to know how to see what people think, or why people do the things they do, then this is the book for you, as it is a mre suitable version for beginners, rather than those well studied in the field of psychology. basically, this book is for beginners, not intermediates or advanced psychological people, it covers nearly every angle of psychology, in minor depth, but goes only part of the way to explaining the full aspect of it.

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                02.02.2001 03:47
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                This is the king of books when it comes to learning psychology. I first discovered it when I started my A'level Psychology course. To start with, it was difficult to grasp and understand as it's probably the most intense and academic Psychology text. Once I started to gain knowledge of the subject it became an essential book for my studying. It covers all subjects and goes into each area in great detail with the important theories, case studies and research related to the topics. If you have no knowledge of Psychology but want an introduction to the subject, stay clear of this book, it'll probably put you off the subject as it's so academic. If you are studying the subject at A'level or even as a degree, this book is sure to contain most of what you'll be studying. Perfect as an essay guide, great for research inspiration. It's written in great detail with many clear diagrams and pictures and the reference section will keep you going for years. Generally this is the complete guide to psychology.......and then some.

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              Introductory text for A-level and undergraduate students.