There are numerous popular books on psychology that most students and professionals in this field are probably familiar with because they were required to read them in school. There are also many psychology study books that may not have been required reading, but they are well known among students who used them to crack major tests such as the single subject GRE. There are also popular books on psychology that are just interesting to read whether you are a student of this field or not. The following are considered by many to be the top 5 books about the field of psychology:
Cracking the GRE Psychology Subject Test: This Random House publication is considered one of the top psychology study books. Since most graduate programs in psychology require a good score on the single subject Graduate Record Exam, it is necessary to be prepared. This book provides a quick review to refresh your knowledge.
How to Think Straight About Psychology: Prentice Hall published this book, which was authored by Keith E. Stanovich. Anyone taking a psychology research methods course would benefit from reading this book, as it helps with critical thinking skills and identifying pseudoscience with a focus on experimental control, correlational studies and experimental studies.
Pioneers of Psychology: Raymond E. Fancher wrote this appealing book that looks at the history of psychology. The subjects range from the philosophical beginnings of psychology to the modern field with a focus on the greatest influencers such as Darwin, Descartes, Freud, Locke and Skinner.
The Psychology Major's Handbook: This Wadsworth Pub Co book written by Tara L. Kuther is one of the most important popular books on psychology for students. It serves as a guide for students with tips such as reasons to major in psychology, academic success stories and available careers for psychology majors.
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: This manual from the most respected association for psychologists in the nation is an absolute necessity for students. This book comes in handy for students working on writing subjects such as research papers, literature reviews and lab reports.
by David Johns