American Journal of Psychology

Book Reviews

(Book Review Editor – Dominic W. Massaro)

The American Journal of Psychology reviews books in various areas of cognitive/experimental psychology, philosophy of mind and science, neuroscience, and cognitive science more generally. Given our page limitations, we must be selective about what books we review. Rather than duplicate to some extent book review journals such as Contemporary Psychology, we are seeking a somewhat more ambitious type of book review. We aim to review books that present a latest statement in some area of interest. The goal of the book review would be to include within the context of the review the reviewer’s opinion on the state of the art, important questions, productive and not-so-productive approaches to the questions, and prospects for future inquiry. Although the review is open-ended, the target length might be somewhere between 1500 and 3000 words. This charge should be much more challenging and enjoyable than a prototypical book review. In addition to soliciting authors or reviews for specific books of our choosing, we will also consider proposals from reviewers. Scholars interested in reviewing books for the journal should inform the book review editor. Scholars are also encouraged to submit a proposal for a book they would like to review for the journal. Publishers who would like their books considered for a review should send a review copy directly to the book review editor.

BOOK REVIEWS         AJP, 128.3, Fall 2015   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro
Walter Isaacson. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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David Tall. How Humans Learn to Think Mathematically: Exploring The Three Worlds of Mathematics
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Joseph Mazur .Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and its Hidden Powers
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BOOK REVIEWS         AJP, 128.4, Winter 2015   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Big Myth or Major Miss? Gregory Hickok’s “The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition”
Arthur M. Glenberg

A curious book on mirror neurons and their myth
Review of Gregory Hickok’s “The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition”
G. Rizzolatti & C. Sinigaglia

A Curious Commentary on a Book on Mirror Neurons and Other Tales of Scientific Misses: Response to Rizzolatti & Sinigaglia and to Glenberg
Gregory Hickok

A Reply to Hickok
G. Rizzolatti & C. Sinigaglia

A Chacun Son
Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World
By Naomi S. Baron. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015
Dominic W. Massaro

BOOK REVIEWS         AJP, 129.1, Spring 2016   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

What psychologists should know about the philosophy of science. Review of Investigating the Psychological World: Scientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences (2014). by Brian D. Haig, Cambridge, MA: Bradford/MIT. Review by Gregory J. Feist and Michael E. Gorman

The Psychology of Science has Arrived. Handbook of the Psychology of Science. By Gregory J. Feist and Michael E. Gorman (Eds.). New York: Springer, 2013, 526 pp. Cloth, $00.00. Review by Brian D. Haig,

Chasing the Rubicon? by Michael C. Frank. Review of Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John Pilley.

Dispelling Myths about the Relationship between Language and Thought
Dom Massaro and Bill Rowe Review of
The Language Hoax: Why The World Looks The Same In Any Language
John H. McWhorter Oxford University Press 2014. Pages xx, 182.

 AJP, 129.2, Summer 2016   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Happiness: A Theory of Relativity
Review of ‘The myths of happiness:
What should make you happy, but doesn’t, what shouldn’t make you happy, but does.’
by Lyubomirsky, S.
Review by Patrick R. Heck & Joachim I. Krueger

Recent Developments in Global-Matching Models of Episodic Memory                               A Partial Review of Cognitive Modeling in Perception and Memory: A Festschrift for Richard M. Shiffrin. Raaijmakers, J.G.W, Criss, A.H., Goldstone, R.L, Nosofsky, R.M., and Steyvers, M. (Eds.)                                                                                                                Review by Kenneth J. Malmberg

Seeing, Knowing, and Understanding: Intersecting Paths Between Art and Science
Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing
By Laura J. Snyder, New York, NY, W. W. Norton & Company, 2015, 448 pages, Hardcover: $27.95
Review by Art Shimamura

Godly and Godless Morality.
The Bonobo and the Atheist. In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
By Frans de Waal, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY, 289 pp., Hardcover, $27.95.
Review by Russell H. Tuttle

Why We Need the Imagination to Help Us with Emotional Uncertainty?Review of Mindvaults: Sociocultural Grounds for Pretending and Imagining. Review By Radu Bogdan. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2013. 236 pp. Hardback, $35.

Out of Character: What Literary Modernism and Modern Psychology Can Take from Each Other. Review of Omri Moses, Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2014). Review by Angus Fletcher.

Out of Character: What Literary Modernism and Modern Psychology Can Take from
Each Other Review of Omri Moses, Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2014). Review by Angus Fletcher.

 AJP, 129.3, Fall 2016   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

What Does it Mean to be a Child? Review of David Lancy, The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, and Changelings. Cambridge University Press, 2015; ISBN 978-1-107-42098-4 (Paperback). Reveiw by David Bjorklund.

Only Connect: What the Internet Might be Doing to Us
Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains.
By Susan Greenfield. New York, NY: Random House, 2015.
348 pp. Hardcover, $28.00; ebook, $13.99.
Review by Naomi S. Baron

Prospection and the Integrative Capacities of the Prefrontal Cortex: A contemporary synthesis
The Prefrontal Cortex (Fifth Edition)
By Joaquín Fuster, Academic Press, 2015
Review by Heidi Meyer

The Quest for Coherence
Review of Inferences During Reading
Editors: Edward J. O’Brien, Anne E. Cook & Robert F. Lorch, Jr.
Review by: Deslea Konza

The Joys of Innovation
Animal Creativity and Innovation
By Allison B. Kaufman and James C. Kaufman (eds.). San Diego: Academic Press, 2015, 538 pages. ISBN: 978-0-12-800648-1. Cloth, $53; digital, $53.
Review by Peter R. Killeen
Arizona State University

When masks reveal more than they hide: A review of Talis Bachmann and Gregory Francis’ Visual Masking: Studying Perception, Attention, and Consciousness. Review by Stephanie C. Goodhew

AJP, 129.4 Winter 2016   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Are we all some kind of synaesthete?
Review of Aleksandra Maria Rogowska’s “Synaesthesia and Individual Differences” Review by James E. A. Hughes

Gigerenzer, Basic and Applied. Review of ‘Simply rational: Decision making in the real world.’ by Gerd Gigerenzer. Review by Joachim I. Krueger

Walden Three? Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age by Sherry Turkle. Penguin Press, 2015. 448 pages. Hardcover, $27.95. Review by Kathleen M. Cumiskey

AJP, 130.1, Spring 2017   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Tomasello Turns Back the Clock in: A natural history of human thinking. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. Review by Heidi L. Shaw. Matthew H. Scheel, and Allen Gardner

AJP, 130.2, Summer 2017   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Selling social psychology to the self help reader: a review of ‘The Wisest One in the Room: How You Can benefit from Social Psychology’s Most Powerful Insights,’ Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross, Free Press: New York and London, (2016). Review by Richard Harper and Dave Randall.

Perspectives on Choice. Review of Choice by Richard Harper, Dave Randall, Wes Shamrock. Polity Books, Cambridge, England. Review by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross

Five Decades After Chomsky: An Experienced-Based Awakening. Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing (MIT Press) Mar 18, 2016 by Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater. Review by Dom Massaro

Rethinking autism’s past, present, and future: A review of Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes by Vikram K. Jaswal

Learning, Science, and Cutting Edge Methodology: A Review of the Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, Second Edition. Review by Lindsey E. Richland, University of Chicago,

Is Figurative Language the Final Frontier, or a Pit Stop Along the Way? Bilingual Figurative Language Processing. By Roberto R. Heredia and Anna B. Cieślicka (Eds). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 418 pp. Review by Heather Bortfeld, University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343,

AJP, 130.3, Fall, 2017   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Homo Anomalus: Richard Thaler’s Kuhnian Adventure Review of ‘Misbehaving: The making of behavioral economics. by Richard H. Thaler. Review by Joachim I. Krueger and Florian Kutzner

Review of The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does when you’re not Looking. By Michael Corballis. Review by James M. Broadway. Email:

A prequel to influence. Review of ‘Pre-suasion: A revolutionary way to influence and persuade’ by Robert Cialdini. Review by Joachim I. Krueger, Brown University,

The Feeling of Meaning. Review of The Aesthetics of Emotion: Up the down staircase of the mind-body. Gerald C. Cupchik, Cambridge University Press, 2016. Review by Don M. Tucker.

AJP, 130.4, Winter,  2017   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Growing Up Racist. Review of “The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade” by Charles B. Dew. Review by Thomas F.  Pettigrew.

Rational Healing. Review of ‘Against empathy: The case for rational compassion. by Bloom, P. Review by Patrick R. Heck and Joachim I. Krueger.

Sarcasm in the Age of Trump. Review of John Haiman’s book, “Talk is Cheap: Sarcasm, Alienation, and the Evolution of Language” Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 26, 1998). 0Review by Lacey X. Okonski

AJP, 131.1, Spring,  2018   Edited by Dominic W. Massaro

Episodic and semantic memory and imagination: The need for definitions
Review of Thinking About Human Memory. By Michael S. Humphreys and K. A. Chalmers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Review by Kourken Michaelian Email:

A New Type of Memory System or an Addition to an Old Memory System? Review of Kourken Michaelian’s Mental Time Travel: Episodic Memory and our Knowledge of the Personal Past. Cambridge MA; MIT Press, 2016, 312 pages, Hardback $USD 43.00. Review by Michael S. Humphreys1 and Kerry A. Chalmers

Much (Much) More Than Monkey Business :Book Review of Tomasello, M. (2016). A Natural History of Human Morality. Camb., MA: Harvard. Review by Jennifer Greenwood, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland, Australia.

The Payne of inequality. Review of ‘The broken ladder: How inequality affects the way we think, live, and die.’ by Keith Payne. Review by Joachim I. Krueger,

Understanding the allure and pitfalls of Chomsky’s science.A review of Decoding Chomsky by Chris Knight. 2016. Yale. Review by Gary Lupyan

How Not To Play The Game Of Psychological Inquiry. Review of The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice by Chris Chambers, Princeton University Press, 2017. Review by Dom Massaro


Emotional-Affective Neural Levels of Brain-Mind Control: From Evolutionary Givens to Social-Developmental Provisions (Review of Johnston & Olsen’s “The Feeling Brain”) Review by Jaak Panksepp.

Moral Disengagement as a Psychological Construct. Review of Moral Disengagement by Albert Bandura. By Audun Dahl and Talia L. Waltzer
A Commentary on Moral Disengagement: The Rhetoric and the Reality by Albert Bandura
Reflections on Moral Disengagement: A Reply to Bandura by Audun Dahl and Talia Waltzer

Rationality and Type 1 Processing. Review of
Cognitive Unconscious and Human Rationality
Edited by Laura Macchi, Maria Bagassi, and Riccardo Viale. Review by Keith E. Stanovich

A new test for rationality: Contributions and Outstanding Issues.
Review of The Rationality Quotient. Toward a Test of Rational Thinking
By K.E. Stanovich, R.F. West, and M.E. Toplak, 2016, MIT Press.
Review by Laura Macchi and Maria Bagassi

The Dark Side of Mindfulness Review of ‘Mindlessness: The corruption of mindfulness in a culture of narcissism’ by Thomas Joiner Review by Joachim I. Krueger

Eminent Behavioral and Brain Scientists Share Insights Review of: Robert J. Sternberg, Susan J. Fiske, and Donald J. Foss, Scientists Making a Difference: One Hundred Eminent Behavioral and Brain Scientists Talk about Their Most Important Contributions, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Review by Richard L. Zweigenhaft and Eugene Borgida

Collaborations in Psychology: What Works, What Doesn’t: Review of Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Sciences Edited by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & Eugene Borgida (2016) Review by Robert J. Sternberg

GenMe are Coming: Book Review of Generation Me: Why today’s young Americans are more confident, assertive, entitled – and more miserable than ever before (2nd edition, 2014) by Jean M. Twenge Review by Yaron J. Zoller E-mail:

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