Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience

Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience

by Brian Hughes

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Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience by Brian Hughes

Balancing readability with intellectual rigor, this is an essential guide to understanding the complex relationship between psychology, science, and pseudoscience. At a time when unempirical data and evidence is increasingly purported as justification for scientific claims in the public consciousness, Hughes considers its impact upon the very philosophy behind the scientific principles behind the methods that produce research findings. Further, he examines the controversial research practices and biases in the psychological field that threaten the integrity of its claims.

This book undertakes a fascinating contemplation and sagacious analysis of the historical and contemporary debates regarding psychological methods and research. Written to suit 3rd year undergraduate students and MA/MSc students in psychology as well as academics and the more general reader interested in these subject issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137303943
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 03/17/2016
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brian Hughes is Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has held visiting academic appointments at the Universities of Missouri, Leiden, and Birmingham, and at King's College London. His research focuses on psychological stress and its impact on health, and on psychosocial moderators of stress processes. He also writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. He holds Ph.D. and B.A. degrees from the National University of Ireland, and an Ed.M. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Table of Contents

PART I: PSYCHOLOGY AND PSEUDOSCIENCE IN THEORY.- 1. What is Science and Why is it Useful?.-2. What is Pseudoscience and Why is it Popular?.-3. The Scientific Nature of Psychology.-4. The Psychology of Evidentiary Reasoning.-PART II: PSYCHOLOGY AND PSEUDOSCIENCE IN PRACTICE.- 5. Examples from the Fringes: From Healing the Mind to Reading the Body.-6. Examples from the Mainstream: Biological Reductionism as Worldview.-7. Examples from the Mainstream: What Some People Say about What They Think They Think.-PART III: PSYCHOLOGY AND PSEUDOSCIENCE IN CONTEXT.- 8. Biases and Subjectivism in Psychology.-9. Religion, Optimism and their Place in Psychology.-10. Psychologists at the Threshold: Why Should We Care?.

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Brian Hughes has written an important and engaging book exploring the relationships between science, pseudoscience, and psychology. He argues persuasively that psychology itself can properly be considered to be a true science but one that is marred within by pockets of pseudoscience. This book should be read by anyone with a serious interest in the subject.' – Professor Christopher French, Goldsmiths, University of London

'Hughes provides a timely and comprehensive reminder of the critical role of science in both academic and professional applications of psychology. It covers an impressive breadth of topics with incisive clarity and illustrates clearly the integral role of scientific approaches to understanding psychological phenomena.' – Dr David Hevey, Trinity College Dublin

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