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I've developed an interest in Behavioral Psychology. I don't have any background and I'm not taking any Psychology course or anything. I just want to learn. I was wondering if there's a good "Beginners" book on this topic, or a good place to start. Googling returned varied results, which confused me.

Summing up what I'm looking for:

  • An ordered series of Book titles (ordered by beginner level to expert level)
  • A website/blog/forum to follow

Thank you.

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It would be better to follow a series of instructional courses provided on the internet. MIT in their Opencourseware has provided an Introduction to Psychology class lectures through iTunesU. They also provide a structured study guide for the rest of their Psychology courses (some have videos). Each course has a syllabus and assigned book reading.

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A great open lecture set is Human Behavioral Biology by Robert Sopolsky through Stanford. It's on YouTube. I also recommend Paul Bloom's Intro to Psych through Yale open courses.

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Thank you very much for that. It's a shame I couldn't accept both yours and @caseyr547's answers. – darshandzend Jan 15 '14 at 16:54

Karen Pryor's book Don't Shoot the Dog is an ideal introduction to Behaviorism for the layman.

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Could you elaborate on why it's good? – Jeromy Anglim Mar 1 '15 at 5:56

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