An award-winning cartoonist teams up with an award-winning psychologist to introduce readers to the complex—and often comedic—world of psychology.
Psychology is the study of human behavior. It is a serious and worthy endeavor that has given us scientific knowledge of the ways our minds make sense of the world. Yet, as cartoonist Grady Klein and psychologist Danny Oppenheimer point out, the study of human experience can also be often really funny. This is the field, after all, that brought us drooling dogs, snacking rats, and “Freudian slips.” With detailed observations on perception, stress, emotions, cognition, and more, Psychology: The Comic Book Introduction offers students and curious readers an entertaining guide to the ways our brains help us navigate incredibly complicated environments, yet often fool us in fascinating ways.
About the Author
Danny Oppenheimer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon and the recipient of the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in Literature. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Grady Klein is a cartoonist, animator, and author of several successful cartoon introductions to otherwise dry subjects.
informative, and funny invitation to the wonders of scientific psychology.
Anyone who reads this book will want to know more about what psychology has to
teach us about ourselves.
— Barry Schwartz, professor emeritus of psychology, Swarthmore College, and author of The Paradox of Choice
By far the most
enjoyable psychology primer I’ve read in years—comprehensive, accessible,
funny, and rigorous at the same time. It’s a book for everyone from experts and
psychology students to humans who just happen to be interested in who we are
and what makes us tick.
— Adam Alter, Professor of Marketing and Psychology, New York University’s Stern School of Business, New York Times bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink
This little book
makes learning psychology irresistible, engaging, and fun, linking together
concepts that are all-too-often treated one by one and then abandoned. I can’t
wait to use this in our introductory psychology course this fall!
— James Gross, Professor of Psychology and Director, Stanford University Psychology One Teaching Program
Beginning students of psychology and nonstudents looking for a painless refresher probably won’t find a better book for their purposes.
A lighthearted survey of how modern science researches and resolves some of the complexities of human psychology…Both the text and the illustrations turn topics that are potentially complicated and boring into humanized, humorous lessons…A quick illumination of a complex field.