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Lexikon der Psychologie [Encyclopedia of Psychology]. Ed. Gerd Wenninger. 5 vols. Heidelberg; Berlin: Spektrum, Akademischer Verlag, 2001–2002. xiii, 457, xi, 477, xii, 438, xii, 468, xii, 487 p. ill. 25 cm. ISBN 3-8274-0460-6 (set): EUR 720.00, ISBN 3-8274-0465-7 (set + CD-ROM): EUR 1,080.00 [02-2-403]

The target audience for this work, according to the publishers, includes psychologists in research and practice, and to a lesser extent lawyers, physicians, engineers, and economists, thus generally excluding readers of popular psychology. Selection criteria for the essays are unclear. The encyclopedia covers established knowledge in research, theory and practice, as well as controversies and problem areas. It is organized into sections: 130 three-page essays cover (1) main research topics, such as emotion, cognition, and learning; (2) practice oriented sub-disciplines, such as sports psychology; and (3) societal issues, such as addictions and violent behavior. These essays are complemented by about 1,500 shorter contributions organized by subject, further analyzing the topics mentioned in the longer essays. In addition, there are some 11,000 definitions and 7,000 cross-references. The encyclopedia also includes some 1,000 new diagnostic tests and about 500 biographies of deceased pioneers of modern psychology. The last volume consists mostly of a keyword index. It remains unclear why the 58 pages covering “Wid–Z” in volume 5 were not included in volume 4, which would have been more practical. [sh/hsb]

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