The Handy Psychology Answer Book

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/15/2016
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press

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Bridging the gap between the entertainment-focused “pop psychology” on television and the dry academic research that is published in journals, The Handy Psychology Answer Book helps answer why humans do what we do through accurate scientific data presented in a lively, accessible, and engaging way. It covers the fundamentals and explains the psychology behind how people deal with money, sex, morality, family, children, aging, addiction, work, and other everyday issues.

Fully revised to reflect the latest scientific research—such as the current DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association); the latest neurobiological theories; and the changing face of marriage—this timely reference has expanded to include information sections on the biology and evolution of emotions; technology and adolescence; bisexuality; optimism; autism; as well as a full section on the law, eyewitness testimony and police shootings.

Featuring more than 1,500 answers to questions concerning how the human mind and the science of psychology really work such as: How have other cultures addressed psychological issues? Why was Freud so focused on sex? How can I maintain a healthy brain? Is it normal to argue during marriage? Does religion make people happier? How do we reduce social prejudice?

Author Biography

Lisa Cohen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York. After obtaining her degree, she worked in several hospitals in the New York City area. In 1996, she came to Beth Israel Medical Center, now Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where she is currently Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Research for Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen divides her time between clinical work, teaching and scientific research. She works on an inpatient unit for people with severe psychopathology but also has a private practice where she treats people with milder conditions. Dr. Cohen has published many articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics, including obsessive compulsive disorder, opiate addiction and sexual abuse. Her current research focuses on the effects of psychological trauma on personality.

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