Textbook: The Body: A Phenomenological Psychological Perspective
Author(s): OpenLearn
Reviewer: Chriss Foster, Professor of English and Psychology, Merritt College
Review Date: February, 2012
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Reviewer’s Summary This textbook is intended for college level instruction and is appropriate for philosophy, psychology and sociology majors. It is not currently recommended as a teaching text. Absent of foundational knowledge, it might leave one confused about phenomenology as a philosophy and as a method for research or therapeutic intervention. Further development is required to render this useful as an adjunct to popular qualitative methods in research, as well as face-to-face psychotherapy. The videos are excellent, as well as the case study. There was just enough text and then interaction to keep a student interested. The organization in terms of presentation was also excellent. The content and context are key shortcomings.
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Textbook: Psychology in the 21st Century
Author(s): OpenLearn
Reviewer: Dr. Gary Popoli, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
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Reviewer’s Summary I would recommend this book as introductory information to a student interested in studying the directions of psychology in the past and where they may be going in the future. It is not a very detailed or cumbersome book but does provide the reader with some very useful information about psychology. My biggest suggestion would be to continue on with the book. This is a very good foundation for a psychology book but needs much more information.
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Textbook: Starting With Psychology
Author(s): OpenLearn
Reviewer: Dr. Gary Popoli, Adjunct Professor of Psychology
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Reviewer’s Summary I would recommend this book simply as a sort of primer to someone who is thinking about studying psychology. It gives a good perspective of what is covered in psychology and understanding that psychology is not just diagnosing and treating mental illness. It involves understanding behavior and mental processes. This is a very short book but good reading. It gives the reader some very good perspectives as to what psychology entails and explains some of the main topics covered in psychology in addition to some of the contemporary approaches that are used today.