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Classic Case Studies in Psychology

Fourth Edition, 4th Edition

By Geoff Rolls


368 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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This new edition of Classic Case Studies is the essential selection of case studies and stories that illustrate not only many of the most fundamental tenets of psychology, but also some of the most extreme forms of human behavior.

The human mind is both extraordinary and compelling. From the leader who convinced his followers to kill themselves to the man who lost his memory, these famous accounts have provided invaluable insights for scholars and researchers, and amazed the public at large. Brough to life by Rolls, each case is contextualized with more typical behaviour, while the latest thinking in each sub-field is also discussed. Revised and updated, the new edition features two new case studies, including the 'Jim Twins' by Thomas Bouchard, an amazing case of twins separated at birth and adopted by different parents, yet when reunited 30 years later shared so many behavioural characteristics.

Also featuring a new chapter on approaches, issues and debates, accessibly written and requiring no prior knowledge of Psychology, this book is essential reading for A-Level students and Undergraduates alike.

Geoff Rolls is Head of Psychology at Peter Symonds College in Winchester and formerly a Research Fellow at Southampton University, UK.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1: Cognitive Psychology

  1. The man who couldn’t forget: the story of Solomon Shereshevsky (‘S’)
  2. The man who lived for the present: the story of H.M. (Henry Gustav Molaison)
  3. The man who was disappointed by what he saw: the story of S.B.
  4. Kim Peek: The real Rain Man
  5. Holly Ramona and the nature of memory
  6. Part 2: Social Psychology

  7. The girl who cried murder: the story of Catherine ‘Kitty’ Genovese
  8. Jonestown and the dangers of obedience
  9. The end of the world is nigh: the case of Dorothy Martin
  10. Bad apples or bad barrels?: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and Stanford University
  11. Part 3: Developmental psychology

  12. Innocence lost: the story of Genie
  13. The boy who was never a girl: the story of David Reimer
  14. The Wild Boy of Aveyron: the story of Victor
  15. Two little boys: The story of Little Albert and Little Peter
  16. The ‘Jim’ Twins: Identical yet raised apart
  17. Part 4: Individual differences

  18. The boy who needed to play: the story of Dibs
  19. The man who was turned on by prams and handbags
  20. Freud’s analysis of phobia in a young boy: the story of Little Hans
  21. The three faces of Eve: the story of Chris Sizemore
  22. The boy who couldn’t stop washing: a story of OCD
  23. Part 5: Physiological psychology

  24. The men who didn’t sleep: the story of Peter Tripp and Randy Gardner
  25. The man who lived with a hole in his head: The story of Phineas Gage
  26. The man with no brain?
  27. Natural Born Killer?: Charles Decker: the case of the Crocodile Man
  28. Part 6: Comparative psychology

  29. Talking to the animals: Washoe and Roger Fouts

Signposting Approaches, Issues and Debates


About the Author

Geoff Rolls has taught Psychology for over 26 years, and is currently Head of Psychology at Peter Symonds College, Winchester. He is the author of the popular ‘Women Can't Park, Men Can't Pack’ (Chambers 2009) which investigates gender stereotypes (including driving) and also ‘Taking the Proverbial’ (Chambers, 2007) which explores the psychological truth behind well-known proverbs and sayings.

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