The Museum of Bizarre and Extreme Science

by Sam J. Cooley

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“It’s wonderful! Definitely essential reading for anyone interested in the stranger side of the history of science. The nose erections article was totally new to me! I’ve always thought it was amazing how scientists have done these bizarre deeds which they calmly describe in journal articles.”  

– Alex Boese (author of ‘Elephants on Acid’, ‘Hippo eats Dwarf’, ‘Electrified Sheep’ and ‘The Museum of Hoaxes’)

“Dr Cooley’s gallery of mad scientists and their madder research features many experiments published before a notable improvement in ethical standards.”

– The Times Higher Education

Book overview:


Immerse yourself in this unique collection of outrageous experiments that would never be permitted today. Dr. Cooley has trawled through ancient journal archives to dig out the very best that bizarre science has to offer. Meet an extroverted physician who injected himself with minced animal testicles, a sadistic psychologist who turned participants into quivering wrecks, and a group of academics who roasted in a sauna with their dog and a beef steak. From the laugh-out-loud to the dark and macabre, this popular science book has something for everyone. Did these experiments address an important scientific question? Or were they unjustified explorations, driven by the distorted desires of mad scientists? Each chapter includes the captivating original reports that enable you, the reader, to make your own judgement.


Sport Psychology for Young Athletes

by Camilla Knight, Chris Harwood and Daniel Gould

Chapter 5 – Understanding and assessing young athletes’ psychological needs

By Mark Holland, Sam Cooley and Jennifer Cumming

Book overview:

Understanding and applying psychology within youth sport settings is key to maximising young athletes’ enjoyment, wellbeing, and sporting performance. Written by a team of leading international researcher-practitioners, this book is the first to offer an evidence-based introduction to the theory and practice of sport psychology for children and young athletes. It provides practical strategies and guidance for those working in or researching youth sport, demonstrating how to integrate sport psychology effectively in a variety of youth sport contexts.

With real-life case studies that demonstrate psychological theory put into practice, it discusses a wide spectrum of issues faced by young athletes and recommends the best approaches to addressing them. Key topics covered include:

  • the cognitive, social, and physical development of young athletes
  • optimising fun, motivation, and self-confidence
  • enhancing young athletes’ relationships with coaches, parents, and peers
  • managing stress, injuries, and transitions
  • effectively developing talent and long-term engagement in sport
  • encouraging organisational culture change.

The most up-to-date and authoritative guide to sport psychology for young people, this is essential reading for anyone working in youth sport.

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Environmental_Health_Housing_Issues_Public_Health_Stewart_LynchEnvironmental Health and Housing: Issues for Public Health

By Jill Stewart and Zena Lynch

Chapter 2 – Mental health and the homeless: summary of MST4Life (a brief case study)

By Jennifer Cumming and Sam Cooley

Book overview:

The second edition of Environmental Health and Housing has been completely updated to cover the contemporary issues in public health that have emerged in recent years. With a theory and practice approach to public health, this edition focuses more on population health, health protection and improvement, and inter-agency approaches to effective intervention in housing and health through evidence-based practice.

It provides the ideal introduction to the area, covering policy and strategy in housing, housing and inequality, housing inclusion, and the public health agenda. It provides a renewed focus on research into evidence-based housing and health issues, which have become subjects of growing international interest in recent years. This edition includes more case studies, reflection, and a greater emphasis on wider living environments. It also includes major pieces of new legislation, most notably the Housing Act 2004 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016, as well as related regulations.

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