Psychology Gone Astray

Psychology Gone Astray

by Charles I. Abramson

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In the relatively short history of psychology as a science, our understanding of human behavior, cognition, emotion, and perception has moved forward in leaps and bounds. This knowledge is frequently applied today to help make improvements in people�s lives, from more effective therapies for the mentally ill to educational strategies to increased work productivity.

But if we step back in time only a few decades, we find psychologists playing a key role in a very different effort: the attempt to support racist and sexist attitudes and policies with results from experiments and other forms of research. This book provides a window into this period, reprinting over 20 journal articles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with commentary from noted educators Abramson and Lack. Will we continue to twist science to fit our preformed beliefs or can we learn from the mistakes of our past?

"This is an important contribution to the literature in psychology regarding a very uncomfortable time in our history. I applaud the authors for taking on this challenging topic and shining light on this dark time in the history of social science.� - Dr. Robert Mather, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Central Oklahoma

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149411542
Publisher: Onus Books
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 362
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Charles I. Abramson, Ph.D. is Regents Professor of Psychology and holds the Dr. Lawrence L. Boger Endowed Professorship in the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles and numerous books.

Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and a clinical psychologist at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has authored three prior books and over 40 scientific articles.

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