Academic journal article Canadian Psychology

Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology // Review

Academic journal article Canadian Psychology

Concise Encyclopedia of Psychology // Review

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An encyclopedic dictionary, a little larger than the Concise Oxford Dictionary, contains 2800 entries of psychological terms in Chinese. According to the preface, psychology in China has developed very rapidly in the past ten years, increasing the number of psychologists and expanding the field of study. This Encyclopedia was published to help the interpretation of technical terms in psychology, particularly recent ones, and to standardize Chinese translations. It is useful not only for those in China but also for those who are outside China using Chinese as their first or second language. The consulting editors include several members of the Publications Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science headed by M. R. Rosenzweig.

The entries are arranged in the alphabetical order of Romanized phonetic symbols of the Standard Chinese (Mandarin), and the index is arranged in the traditional manner by strokes and elements of Chinese characters. An English index is included at the end of the book. For each entry, Chinese characters are followed by English and Japanese translations. About 120 basic entries are extensively explained and cross referenced using 2 - 4 pages per entry, while additional 600 entries are each given about half a page explanation. For other entries, the definitions are brief but clear. …

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