Wider Reading (and viewing)




Clinical Psychology: “The Ministry of Thin” by Emma Woolf.

Clinical Psychology:Thin” by Grace Bowman

Cognitive Psychology: “Forever Today” by Deborah Wearing, wife of Clive Wearing.

Social Psychology: The man who shocked the world


Clinical Psychology: ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’ by Ken Kesey


Clinical Psychology: The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan


Cognitive and/or Biological Psychology: Patient HM by Luke DittrichHM

Social Psychology: Behind the shock machine by Gina Perry

behind the shock machine

Social Psychology: The Lost Boys by Gina Perry

lost boys

Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg

The story of the amazing African Grey Parrot Alex trained by Irene Pepperberg. Great if you study CIE 9990 Psychology A Level as it is one of the AS core studies bit also great for anyone with an interest in animals learning and ethics.

alex and me

thinking fast and slow

Cognitive Psychology: Thinking fast or slow: Daniel Kahneman: This is an important book for IB Diploma students but a very worth while read for all. Available as a Kindle book and with narration.

This is your brain on music


Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks


Clever Lands by Lucy Crehan

cleverlandspicClick the link to find this book on Amazon. Every year PGS Common Room offers a Summer Reading Scheme to all staff where we were allowed to choose one book from a selection of recommendations made throughout the year. I chose this book and started it last night. The books compares the educational systems of a number of countries that have excelled in the PISA ratings, which are used to compare the educational outcomes of pupils across the world. The books starts by looking at the Finnish system.

Think: The following finding was revealed in one of the early chapters: “There is a lower rate of teenage pregnancy in those countries that start formal education later rather than earlier”; what do you make of this? Challenge yourself to think creatively and independently as you read, make notes of anything that intrigues you, use an app like Popplet to map your thought processes. Track your reading journey. Practise becoming more aware of your own thoughts as you read.

tree book issues and debates

Themes, Issues and Debates in Psychology by Richard Gross

A great primer for those wishing to deepen their understanding of synoptic ideas in Psychology. It will provide you with an easy to understand underpinning to many of the issues and debates required for Paper 3 Edexcel psychology plus a variety of others too. Useful further reading at any point in the course, this book will help to consolidate and deepen your understanding of some of the hot topics in our discipline and will prompt and scaffold your critical and synoptic thinking.

 ‘In Order to Live: A North Korean girl’s journey to freedom’ by Yeonmi Park

yeonmi park

This extraordinary book gave me an eye-popping insight to the lives of people like us but born into cultures a million miles from home. This review is form the Amazon website and is an excellent summary: “One of the most harrowing stories I have ever heard – and one of the most inspiring . . . A book to make you newly thankful for the freedom you have never been forced to fight for.” (The Bookseller).

Feature films for Psychology

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Stuck on you (not seen this one but been recommended by a parent)
  • One flew over the cuckoos nest
  • 12 angry men
  • Girl Interrupted
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Mozart and the Whale
  • The Soloist
  • After Thomas
  • Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
  • Angel Baby
  • The Hunger Games
  • Mary Shelley (with Elle Fanning)
  • Mark Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Mad to be normal (David Tennant as Ronnie Laing)
  • Ten Days in a Madhouse

Useful sites on education in general: