One of the common questions from teachers new to the program is - what books should we have in our library? The answer? Books that students want to read. Planning your library collection for students who might do an extended essay may result in many books that no one ever reads. Below is a list of some of the books that students in our school enjoy reading. If your students are readers like mine, you may find that students will suggest titles that will enrich your collection.
Magazines and databases
The following magazines and databases are good resources for extended essays.
The EBSCO & the Questia databases are the two most commonly used databases in high schools. The EBSCO database has a module called "Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection." This has full original articles. In addition, the "eBook Academic Collection" and "eBook High School Collection" both have several full texts online. If you only have this one source, you can do your EEs. In addition, EBSCO, like Questia, has tools for students to take notes and highlight texts for later use.
Questia also has many ebooks and original articles available. The program has more tools for student research than EBSCO, but the research that is available tends to be older.
The Psychologist - published by the BPS. Quarterly. Also contains teacher support materials.
Scientific American Mind - a monthly publication with many topics highly relevant to the IB curriculum. Highly recommended. All back copies are available in EBSCO.
The art of choosing - Sheena Iyengar
The Big Disconnect - Catherine Steiner Adair
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
Crazy like us - Ethan Watters
Drive - Daniel Pink
The gene: An intimate history: Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Happiness Effect - Donna Freitas
Influence - Robert Cialdini
The invisible gorilla - Chabris & Simon
Love at Goon Park – Deborah Blum
The Lucifer effect - Philip Zimbardo
Mad in America - Robert Whitaker
The Man who mistook his wife for a hat - Oliver Sacks
Mistakes were made, but not by me - Carol Tavris
Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer
Musicophilia: tales of music and the brain - Oliver Sacks
Neuromarketing: Understanding the buy buttons in your customer's brain - Renvoise & Morin
Night falls fast – Kay Redfield Jamison
Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness - Richard Thaler
Numbers rule your world: The hidden influence of probabilities and statistics on everything you do - Kaiser Fung
Nurture shock - Bronson & Merryman
The Optimism Bias - Tali Sharot
Outliers: the story of success - Malcolm Gladwell
Parenting without borders - Christine Gross-Loh
Patient HM - Luke Dittrich
The Person and the situation - Ross & Nisbett
Phantoms in the brain - Vilnyur Ramachandran
Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely
A Primate's Memoir - Robert Sapolsky
The psychopath test - Jon Ronson
The Shallows: how the internet is changing the way we think - Nicholas Carr
Social Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies Joanne Smith and S Alexander Haslam
The spirit catches you and you fall down - Anne Fadiman
The Sports Gene – David Epstein
Strangers to Ourselves: The adaptive unconscious - Timothy Wilson
Suspicious minds – how culture shapes madness - Gold & Gold
Taste matters: why we like the foods we do - John Prescott
Then they started shooting: Growing up in wartime Bosnia - Lynne Jones
Thinking fast and slow - Daniel Kahnemann
The time paradox - Zimbardo & Boyd
Why they kill: the discoveries of a maverick criminologist - Richard Rhodes
Why Zebras don’t get ulcers - Robert Sapolsky