Psychology In Perspective

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Psychology in Perspective gives an overview of some of the main themes and debates in modern psychology. The 14 essays in the book cover aspects of psychological reductionism, including the impact of the behaviorist movement, and more recently the human genome project. These are modern concerns about ethical and socially responsible research, and the challenges which these present to current psychological practice; issues in social psychology and socio-cognitive development; and aspects of cognitive psychology, ...
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Overview

Psychology in Perspective gives an overview of some of the main themes and debates in modern psychology. The 14 essays in the book cover aspects of psychological reductionism, including the impact of the behaviorist movement, and more recently the human genome project. These are modern concerns about ethical and socially responsible research, and the challenges which these present to current psychological practice; issues in social psychology and socio-cognitive development; and aspects of cognitive psychology, including artificial intelligence and the computer metaphor.
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In this update of the 1995 edition, Hayes (social psychology, U. of Bradford, UK) addresses psychological reductionism as reinforced by behaviorism; changing values in the field, including eco- psychology; and the social-ethical implications of past psychological research, and advances such as the genome project, artificial intelligence, and new understanding of human cognition. She also debunks cognitive psychology's computer metaphor and sociobiology. Illustrations include the Skinner box, representations of "American" and "European" social psychology, and a cartoon on the politics of nature and nurture. Includes a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333983966
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicky Hayes is Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Bradford.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1 Reductionism in Psychological Theory 1
2 Reductionism and Behaviourism 18
3 Understanding the Genome 32
4 Ethical Issues in Psychological Research 44
5 Changing Values in Psychological Knowledge 60
6 Perspectives in Social Psychology 69
7 European Social Psychology 81
8 The Child's Social World 95
9 Perspectives in Cognitive Psychology 105
10 Simulating Human Cognition 121
11 Eco-psychology 128
12 The Politics of Nature and Nurture 138
13 The 'Magic' of Sociobiology 155
14 Some Cognitive Implications of Human Social Evolution 172
Afterword 186
Glossary 187
References 192
Index 201
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