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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 | Review by: izdclk
In terms of the physical aspects of the book, the covers are susceptible to permanent bending or curvature after only a few uses, but the spine seems solid enough. The paper and printing quality are good for the price.
Where this textbook falls flat is the important part: the content. It contains numerous factual and orthographic errors (important terminology is misspelt and there is no consistence in adherence to British or American spelling) and omits important information. The ordering of the chapters is also nonsensical. For example, the process of impulse conduction in neurons is discussed before the structure of the neuron, but the former requires, or would at the very least be facilitated by, knowledge of the latter. The text is formatted much like a brick wall and does not make for easy reading. Terminology is also used inconsistently. For example, the central nervous system is explained in detail, but subsequent topics refer to it by its constituent members (the brain and spinal cord) instead of consistently using the term “central nervous system”. In other instances, on the contrary, terms are used before they are introduced and explained. There are also no mini quizzes at the end of each chapter, which would be very useful considering its application.
Overall, the range of topics covered seems adequate, but the content is defective. I hope that these issues are addressed in future editions or that the book’s role as a textbook for courses in Psychology is reconsidered carefully.
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