Los Angeles / Orange County Libraries

New PsycBooks

The following full-text books were added to PsycBooks in October.  Click on the title and then scroll down the record for access to all of the full-text chapters.

 Prosocial motives, emotions, and behavior: The better angels of our nature (2010).  Mikulincer, Mario, Shaver, Phillip R. (Eds.)

Neuroscientists, primatologists, and evolutionary biologists have begun to identify the evolutionary and neurological roots of prosocial feelings and actions.  Research shows that human beings have an innate capacity for prosocial behavior, but the inclinations underlying such behavior can be blocked, inhibited, or overpowered by selfish, neurotic, or culturally engrained attitudes and values. Genes, personality, past social experiences, social and cultural identities, and contextual factors can all influence the degree to which human behavior is empathic, generous, and kind—or cruel, vindictive, and destructive.

Strengthening couple relationships for optimal child development: Lessons from research and intervention (2010).  Schulz, Marc S., Pruett, Marsha Kline, Kerig, Patricia K., Parke, Ross D., (Eds.)

Research has shown that strong couple relationships are central to family stability and child development. Furthermore, couple interventions can demonstrably improve child and family functioning. This book presents cutting-edge research and theory on couple relationships, with an emphasis on the implications for child development

Chaos and its influence on children's development: An ecological perspective  (2010).  Evans, Gary W., Wachs, Theodore D., (Eds.)

Recently, some researchers have shifted their attention to the deleterious effects of overstimulation or "chaos" in children's environment. Chaos refers to physical and social settings characterized by crowding, noise, unpredictability or a lack of routines, and instability or unplanned changes. This book is an important first step in exploring how, why, and at what level, chaos at the familial and societal level affects children. 

Over 20 classic, older texts have also been added.  The full list can be accessed here.

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