A Detective’s History of Psychology

Understanding Key Theories and Concepts Through Mystery Fiction

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About the Book

Are you captivated by detective fiction and mystery stories? Do you enjoy solving puzzles or explaining other people’s behavior? Have you ever thought Miss Marple would make a good therapist or Sherlock Holmes an excellent researcher? If so, you probably have already seen the connection between detective fiction and the field of psychology.
This book introduces key concepts and theories of psychology through the lens of mystery fiction. It explores the crossroads where detective fiction converges with psychology with clarity and is catered to curious readers from all backgrounds. It includes thought-provoking activities and questions to strengthen readers’ deductive reasoning, critical thinking, and psychological insights, and to let their inquisitiveness guide them.

About the Author(s)

Diane Mello-Goldner is a social and personality psychologist and currently is a senior lecturer in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University. Previously she spent 28 years at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, as a professor of psychology and academic dean.

Bibliographic Details

Diane Mello-Goldner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8628-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5229-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“The author’s use of examples from the detective genre, exercises and questions for students, and supplementary notes and references makes this manuscript a great tool—either for a teacher developing and implementing a class or for a student learning on his own.”—Laird Blackwell, author, Clues from the Couch: Psychology in Detective Fiction from Wilkie Collins to Winspear and Penny