While your psychology classes already have required reading lists, there are a number of great psychology books that can supplement your studies. From guides to help you succeed in school to reviews of the history of psychology, the following books are some of the best choices for psychology students looking to boost their grades and deepen their knowledge of psychology.
Anyone who thinks history is boring should definitely read Raymond E. Fancher's engaging look at the history of psychology, from its philosophical beginnings to the modern day. As this text proves, psychology books devoted to the history of the field need not be dry or dull. The book offers a very human view of some of the great thinkers that have influenced psychology, including Descartes, Locke, Darwin, Freud and Skinner.
When it comes to psychology books, there are a few texts that you should absolutely purchase. The APA style manual is a must-have for any psychology student. Get this book early on in your academic career and keep it on hand to consult as you write research papers, literature reviews, lab reports and other writing assignments.
Keith E. Stanovich's How to Think Straight About Psychology serves as a nice complement to any research methods course. Learn more about the critical thinking skills and how to identify pseudoscience. Explore other topics in psychology as well such as experimental control, correlational studies and experimental studies.
This book from neurologist Oliver Sacks is a great read for both psychology students and a general interest audience. The author explores clinical stories of patients who suffer from neurological disorders, offering an engaging and thoughtful look at neurological problems. While some psychology books are targeted toward an audience with an extensive background in the topic, this book can be easily enjoyed by anyone new to psychology.
Tara L. Kuther, About.com's Guide to Graduate School, offers some excellent tips for students in this handy psychology book. Learn about some of the many reasons to major in psychology, find great tips for academic success and learn more about some of the careers available to psychology majors.
Have you ever wondered exactly what you can do with a psychology degree? Psychology is a broad and diverse subject, so there is considerable variety in the type of careers that psychology students can pursue. This comprehensive overview from psychologist Robert Sternberg offers an excellent look at some of the career options available to students as well as professionals who are considering a career change. Explore some of your choices and think about how you can achieve your academic goals.
If you are thinking of studying psychology at the graduate level, then this guide from the American Psychological Association is a must-have for your growing collection of psychology books. Each step of the admission process is broken down into easy-to-follow segments, and hand timetables make it simple to track your progress.