Friday, 4 December 2009


Much needed

If I were still responsible for the education/training of conductors there is a very useful book just published that I would strongly advise all students to read:

Scott O. Lillienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beverstein

50 Great myths of popular psychology: shattering widespread misconceptions about human behavior

352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3112-4

Hardback £50.00 / €57.50
Paperback £14.99 / €17.30

Published September 2009

I advise it to all sorts of people.

It is not just the fields of physical disability, rehabilitation and Conductive Education that are rife with myths. Popular psychology has its fair share (some of which leak through to all sorts of professional undertandings).

If I have a criticism, the it is that the book would also benefit from some attention to the myths of psychology itself, and within this the myths of psychological research, again things to be found seeping through all sorts ofprofessional understandings.

Christmas is coming

Never mind, as it stands this substantial book still offers a nice, 'serious' Christmas present, either for others or for yourself!


  1. Or £12.74 with free shipping from Amazon.

  2. Sounds interesting. Shame my Christmas list is all sorted. Oh well, there's always my Birthday list. ;-)

  3. Thanks Ben.

    Yesterday I walked through the wreckage of the closing-down sale at the big branch of Borders bookshop in Birmingham, a most sorry spectacle but hardly a surprise in the present circumstances of the book trade.

    I wll not labour the generalisable point... there will be plenty of opportunity to do that over 2010, I an sure!

    I shall just go and buy my own mail-order copy.

    And Elliot, maybe if Santa Claus were to be appraised of this latest pricing information, he might find it in him to squeeze just one more thing on to his sled...