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Recommended books for standard 11th and 12th, B.A., and M.A. in Psychology.

Are you a psychology student and in search of reference books for psychology? Well, your hunting for books ends here! In this article, you'll find the most recommended reference books for 11th and 12th Psychology, Bachelors, and Masters in Psychology. You'll also find the links for free e-books and websites for the e-library of psychology. So, read the article till the end.


Psychology books for classes 11th and 12th



At the school level, Psychology textbooks published by the educational board whether of the state board or NCERT is enough. No need to refer to other books. But still, here are few basic psychology books that you can use for the better understanding of the subject-

  • Psychology (5th edition) by Ciccarelli and White
  • Psychology (12th edition) by David Myers and Nathan DeWall
  • NCERT psychology textbooks for 11th and 12th standard

Click here to download 11th & 12th NCERT Psychology ebooks

Books for Bachelors in Psychology:


Below are listed reference books for B.A. in psychology according to the categories included in the syllabus of most of the universities.





General Psychology

Introduction to Psychology (7th edition) by Morgan and King;

Psychology (5th edition) by Baron and Misra;

Psychology by Bernstein



Social Psychology

Social Psychology (12th edition) by Baron and Byrne;

Social Psychology (10th edition) by David Myers


Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology: The Problem of Maladaptive Behavior (11th edition) by Sarason and Sarason;

Abnormal Psychology by Butcher, Mineka, and Hooley


Statistical Methods in Psychological Research

Statistics in Psychology and Education by S.K. Mangal;

Statistics for Psychology by Aron and Aron;

Statistical Reasoning in Psychology and Education by King and Minium


Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience by Goldstein


Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology by Mike Aamodt;

Behavior in Organizations: Global Edition by Greenberg and Baron



Biopsychology by John P. J. Pinel;

Physiology of Behavior by Carlson


The above-mentioned books for bachelor's in psychology can also be referred for master's programs.


Books for Masters in Psychology


For Master's in Psychology program syllabus may differ from university to university but below is a list of some common reference books that can be referred by Master's Psychology students.

  • Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook by Eysenck and Keane; Cognitive Psychology by Solso
  • Psychology by Robert A. Baron 
  • Tests, Measurements and Research Methods in Behavioural Sciences by A.K. Singh; Psychological Testing by Anastasi 
  • Theories of Personality by Schultz 
  • A Primer in Positive Psychology by Peterson 
  • Sensation and Perception by Goldstein
  • Foundations of Clinical and Counseling Psychology by Todd and Bohart

To know more about masters in psychology, check out our article on Masters in Psychology in India.


E-library for Psychology


Below are listed some of the websites that offer free psychology ebooks. The downloadable format for the ebooks may vary from website to website.


Other suggested readings:

Other than academic books, there are numerous books that reflect psychological knowledge and concepts. Few such books are mentioned below that every psychology student must-read.

  • The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • I'm OK – You're OK (a practical guide to transactional analysis)  by Thomas Anthony Harris 
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Books are the treasure of knowledge. The more you read the more you can enhance your knowledge of the subject. This article may not have covered all the important books of psychology, but most of the highly recommended books are mentioned that might be very useful to you. 



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