Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition,ISBN9780123750006

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Comprehensive reference source on human action and reaction, and the thoughts, feelings, and physiological functions behind those actions. 

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Key Features

  • Named a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice publication
  • Concise entries (ten pages on average) provide foundational knowledge of the field
  • Each article features suggested further readings, a list of related websites, a 5-10 word glossary and a definition paragraph, and cross-references to related articles in the encyclopedi
  • Newly expanded editorial board and a host of international contributors from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom


The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, Second Edition is an award-winning three-volume reference on human action and reaction, and the thoughts, feelings, and physiological functions behind those actions. Presented alphabetically by title, 300 articles probe both enduring and exciting new topics in physiological psychology, perception, personality, abnormal and clinical psychology, cognition and learning, social psychology, developmental psychology, language, and applied contexts.

Written by leading scientists in these disciplines, every article has been peer-reviewed to establish clarity, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. The most comprehensive reference source to provide both depth and breadth to the study of human behavior, the encyclopedia will again be a much-used reference source. This set appeals to public, corporate, university and college libraries, libraries in two-year colleges, and some secondary schools.

Carefully crafted, well written, and thoroughly indexed, the encyclopedia helps users-whether they are students just beginning formal study of the broad field or specialists in a branch of psychology-understand the field and how and why humans behave as we do.


Undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and the behavioral sciences, as well as researchers in various psychological subdisciplines and psychiatry; the encyclopedia is also useful for the lay public who may have an interest in topics related to human behavior.

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition

Aging:Aging and the Brain

Aging: Aging and Cognition

Aging:Personality development and Aging

Aging: Alzheimers Disease

Aging: Gero-technology

Aging: Grandparenthood

Aging: Retirement

Applied psych: Exercise and Sport Psychology

Bio/physio: Behavioral Genetics

Clinical: Alexithymia

Clinical: Avoidant Personality disorder

Clinical: Behavioral Analysis

Clinical: Big Five Model and Personality Disorders

Clinical: Bipolar Disorder

Clinical: Childhood Mental Disorders

Clinical: Crisis Management

Clinical: Developmental psychopathology

Clinical: Evidence-based practice

Clinical: Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Clinical: Gestalt Psychology

Clinical: Hypochondriasis or Health anxiety

Clinical: Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Clinical: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice

Clinical: Premenstrual Syndrome

Clinical: Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Clinical: Somatoform disorders

Cognitive: Analogical Reasoning

Cognitive: Animal Cognition

Cognitive: Associative Learning

Cognitive: Attention

Cognitive: Behavioral Genetics of Intelligence

Cognitive: Chunking

Cognitive: Cognitive Bias

Cognitive: Cognitive Disorders

Cognitive: Cognitive Dissonance Theory


Cognitive: Creative and Imaginative Thinking

Cognitive: Creativity

Cognitive: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Cognitive: Episodic Memory

Cognitive: Implicit Memory

Cognitive: Human Intelligence

Cognitive: Intention

Cognitive: Memory

Cognitive: Memory, Neural Substrates

Cognitive: Mental Imagery

Cognitive: Planning

Cognitive: Primate Cognition

Cognitive: Problem Solving

Cognitive: Psychophysics

Cognitive: The Psychology of Reading

Cognitive: Reasoning

Cognitive: Savant Syndrome

Cognitive: Self-regulatory skills and behavior change

Cognitive: Semantic Memory

Cognitive: Spatial Orientation

Cognitive: Spatial Perception

Cognitive: Subliminal Perception

Cognitive: Touch

Cognitive development: Language Development

Cognitive neuropsych: Dyslexia

Cognitive neuropsych: Inner Speech

Cognitive neuroscience: Logic (Development of Logical Operations)

Cognitive OR development: Perceptual Development

Cognitive OR personality: Free Will

Cognitive OR personality: Judgement

Cognitive OR social OR neuro: Comparative Primate Psychology

Developmental: Adolescence

Developmental: Intellectual Disabilities

Developmental: Moral Development

Developmental: Parenting

Developmental: Parent-offspring conflict

Developmental: Peer Relationships and Influence in Childhood

Developmental: Play

Developmental: Social development (attachment, imprinting)

Developmental: Socioemotional Development

Developmental: Studying

Education: Academic Achievement

Emotions: Disgust

Emotions: Embarrassment and Blushing

Emotions: Expectation

Emotions: Facial Expression of Emotion (Emotion and Cognition)

Evolutionary: Sex Roles

Evolutionary psych: Evolutionary Clinical Psychology

Evolutionary psych: Evolutionary Developmental Psychology

Evolutionary psych: Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psych: Evolutionary Personality Psychology

Evolutionary psych: Evolutionary Social Psychology

Experimental psych: Classical Conditioning

Experimental psych: Learned Helplessness

Experimental psych: Operant Conditioning

Forensics: Forensic Psychology In Contemporary Society

Forensics: Homicide

Forensics: Jury Psychology

Health and psychoneuroimmunology: AIDS and Sexual Behavior

Health and psychoneuroimmunology: Behavioral Medicine

Health and psychoneuroimmunology: Behavioral Pharmacology

Health and psychoneuroimmunology: stress and blood pressure dysregulation

Health and psychoneuroimmunology: Stress and Illness

Industrial/organizational psych: Career Development

Industrial/organizational psych: Negotiation

Industrial/organizational psych: Organizational Behavior

Industrial/organizational psych: Vocational Choice

Industrial/organizational psych: Work Efficiency and Motivation

Language: Bilingualism

Language: Gestures

Language: Nonverbal Communication

Language: Phonetics

Language: Reading and Phonological Processing

Language: Sentence Processing

Language: Sign Language

Language: Syntax

Language: Word Retrieval

Neuro: Agnosia (including Prosopagnosia and Anosognosia)

Neuro: Agraphia and Alexia

Neuro: Amnesia

Neuro: Amnesia and the Brain

Neuro: Aphasia

Neuro: Appetite

Neuro: Aspergers and nonverbal learning disorder

Neuro: Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Neuro: Behavior Measurement in Psychobiological Research

Neuro: Brain

Neuro: Brain Chemicals

Neuro: Brain and Behavior Relationships

Neuro: Catecholamines and Behavior

Neuro: Central Auditory Processing Disorders

Neuro: Central Nervous System

Neuro: Confabulation and Reality

Neuro: Delusions

Neuro: Neuroimaging of Dementia

Neuro: Depth Perception

Neuro: Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior

Neuro: Event Related Potentials

Neuro: Neuro-Executive Function

Neuro: Eye Movements

Neuro: Glial Cells

Neuro: Hallucinations

Neuro: Handedness

Neuro: Hippocampal Formation

Neuro: Homeostasis

Neuro: Hormones and Behavior

Neuro: The Mirror Mechanism

Neuro: Molecular Genetics and Human Behaviour

Neuro: Motor Control

Neuro: Neuroethics

Neuro: Neurotheology

Neuro: Neuroesthetics

Neuro: Neuro and treatment/techniques (TMS, ECT)

Neuro: Neuro technologies (imaging, PET, SPECT, MRI, MEG)

Neuro: Pain

Neuro: Sense of Smell (Effect on Behavior)

Neuro: Sense of Taste (Effect on Behavior)

Neuro: Sense of Touch

Neuro: Sleep Disorders

Neuro: Sleep: Biological Rhythms and Performance

Neuro: Synesthesia

Neuro: Tickling

Neuro: Visual Motion Perception

Neuro: Visual Perception

Neuro: Adrenal Glands

Neuro: Mind-Body Problem

Neuro: Near-Death Experiences

Neuro: Empirical Challenges to Conventional Mind/Brain Theory

Neuro: Electroencephalography

Personality: Anger

Personality: Attitude Change

Personality: Attitude Formation

Personality: Behavioral Genetics of Personality

Personality: Birth Order, Effect on Personality and Behavior

Personality: Body Image

Personality: Bullying

Personality: Cognition and personality

Personality: Moral Emotions

Personality: Perceived Control

Personality: Dependent Personality (disorder)

Personality: Empathy

Personality: Extraversion-Introversion

Personality: Genius, Eminence, and Giftedness

Personality: Hope and Optimism

Personality: Id, Ego, and Superego

Personality: Motivation

Personality: Personality Development

Personality: Personality, Structure

Personality: Pornography

Personality: Positive psychology

Personality: Preference Judgments

Personality: Risk-Compensating Behavior

Personality: Risk Taking Behavior (Young Male Syndrome)

Personality: Self-Defeating Behaviors

Personality: Self-Efficacy

Personality: Self-Esteem

Personality: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Personality: Sensation Seeking

Personality: Sexual Orientation

Personality: Surprise

Personality: Temperament and individual differences

Personality: Uncertainty

Personality/social: Individual Differences in Temperament

Personality/social: Individualism

Personality/social: Personality Assessment

Psychopathology: Addictions and Adolescence

Psychopathology: Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder

Psychopathology: Antisocial and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Psychopathology: Anxiety and Fear

Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders

Psychopathology: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Treatment and Assessment

Psychopathology: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Psychopathology: Borderline Personality Disorder

Psychopathology: Bulimia Nervosa

Psychopathology: Child Abuse

Psychopathology: Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Psychopathology: Coping

Psychopathology: Defense Mechanisms

Psychopathology: Depression

Psychopathology: Dissociative Disorders

Psychopathology: Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specifided (EDNOS)

Psychopathology: Grief and Bereavement

Psychopathology: Histrionic Personality Disorder

Psychopathology: Hypnosis

Psychopathology: Clinical Psychology: An Information Processing Approach

Psychopathology: Marital Dysfunction

Psychopathology: Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

Psychopathology: Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Psychopathology: Paranoia (and Paranoid Personality Disorder)

Psychopathology: Personality Disorders (Overview)

Psychopathology: Phobias

Psychopathology: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychopathology: Psychopathology (assessment, diagnosis and classification)

Psychopathology: Psychotherapy

Psychopathology: Schizophrenia

Psychopathology: Selective Mutism

Psychopathology: Separation Anxiety

Psychopathology: Social Anxiety Disorder

Psychopathology: Suicide

Social: Aggression

Social: Alcohol; Psychosocial Effects

Social: Altruism and Helping Behavior

Social: Attribution

Social: Autobiographical Remembering and the Self

Social: Episodic and Semantic Systems of Autobiographical Memory

Social: Behavioral Economics

Social: Brainwashing and Totalitarian Influence

Social: Caffeine; Psychosocial Effects

Social: Competition


Social: Conflict Communication

Social: Consumer Psychology

Social: Cross-Cultural Adaptation

Social: Crowd Psychology

Social: Crowding: Effects on Health and Behavior

Social: Cultural Psychology

Social: Decision Making, Individuals

Social: Divorce

Social: Ecological Psychology

Social: Environmental Cognition

Social: Environmental Psychology

Social: Equity Theory

Social: Eyewitness Identification

Social: Human Factors

Social: Family Systems

Social: Friendship

Social: Sex Differences

Social: Group Dynamics

Social: Human mating

Social: Impression Formation

Social: Internet behavior

Social: Interpersonal Attraction and Personal Relationships

Social: Interpersonal Perception and Communication

Social: Jealousy

Social: Kinship

Social: Leadership

Social: Leisure

Social: Love and Intimacy

Social: Mate Selection

Social: Media influence on behavior

Social: Meditation

Social: Persuasion

Social: Sexual Behavior

Social: Prejudice, Discrimination and Stereotypes (Racial Bias)

Social: Psychology and Religion

Social: Self-Relaxation

Social: Social Cognition

Social: Social Comparison

Social: Social Exchange

Social: Social Loafing (and Facilitation)

Social: Social Support

Social: Social Values (influence on behavior)

Social: Terrorism

Social: Violence

Social: War

Social (applied psych): Military Psychology

Social/personality: Obedience and Conformity

TAM: Biofeedback

TAM: Test Behavior

TAM/psychopathology: Clinical Assessment

History of Film and Music

Visual Neglect

Psychological Predictors of Heart Disease

Psychology, Science and Astrology

Subjective Culture

Quotes and reviews

"The second edition of this reference work…has been thoroughly revised, expanded, and brought up to date. It deserves the highest praise…The clearly written entries offer readers succinct definitions and significant insights into each topic."--Choice, July 2013
"With his simple, creative and innovative ideas, V.S. Ramachandran is changing how our brains think about our minds" - Thomas Insel, director of the National Institutes of Mental Health in TIME Magazine

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