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“I have been waiting for this textbook for over 10 years! The reason is simple—it lays out the logic for the acquisition of a mental issue, the development process from all angles, and reasonable treatment approaches—with many visuals, figures, and graphics included…I have not been this excited about a new text in a long time.”
“Great examples, clear definitions, great illustrations. Easy to read, especially for an UG class. Chapters are well organized. Very up to date and great information on neuroscience behind psychopathology. Also, very good coverage of the DSM-5.”
“I think this is a terrific approach to abnormal psychology, reflecting a very current integrative approach to neuroscience and its reciprocal relationship with the environment.”
“I have read several texts that cover the new/revised DSM and they are not as well written, nor do they come with as many graphs and charts to aid in explanation.”
“These chapters are easy to digest and follow. The criteria for diagnoses are all laid out for students, and this text eliminates the need for students to buy additional books, such as the DSM (since the criteria is included).”
“The discussion of DSM-5 is excellent—well defined.”
“I am a behavioral neuroscientist with interdisciplinary training and I believe that that is the best way to look at disorders. This text takes multiple perspectives into account when explaining disorders in general [as well as] specific aspects of disorders…This text does the best job of integrating current research and the complex levels (society, individual person, and physiology) that contribute to the presence and presentation of disorders.”
“Evolution-based material is brilliant, novel, and welcome.”
“The emphasis on neuroscience and neuropsychology is an important innovation in the field of mental health and represents the direction in which much of the field is moving.”
“Current and relevant, especially from a neuroscience perspective. This is a great book!”
“Very well written, up-to-date. The evolutionary psychology perspective is generally overlooked in most texts, but this text brings it front and center and is groundbreaking in that regard.”
“The author’s writing style is a clear and evident strength. The material is presented in a way that is very easy to understand, especially the topics that many psych students ‘dread’—discussion of research methods and statistics. The neuroscience material was also very clear and easy to follow.”
“I appreciate that this text includes the most up to date information available and incorporates a thoughtful comparison of previous editions to the new DSM-5. The focus on neuroscience is especially salient to students who are taking psychology classes in preparation for medical school and other graduate programs. I also appreciate the inclusion of the evolutionary psychology perspective; a viewpoint that I think is often overlooked or minimized in other texts and a perspective that is frequently elucidating.”
“The author writes well and does a great job of explaining complicated concepts [and] the excerpts of first-person accounts that begin the chapters do a good job of engaging the reader.”
“I am thrilled with the DSM criteria and all of the statements from individuals with the disorder.”
“Presents state-of-the-art information on neuroscience and evolutionary psychology.”
“The neuroscience approach is very current and is expected to grow, not decline, in importance to the field. The neuroscience focus is a great strength. I see this as the definite separation between this text book and others.”
“The descriptions of genetics and biological etiology are fascinating, and the emphasis on neurobiology is interesting.”
Really strong text, set out well and written in an accessible yet academic style.
Students love this book.... anything and everything you need to know. Excellent formatting, visual and interesting case-studies. Great for supporting assignment work.