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Psychology in Perspective - Nicky Hayes

Psychology in Perspective

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Published: 11th March 2002
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
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Psychology in Perspective is a series of thought-provoking essays addressing some of the major controversial themes and debates in psychology. This revised and expanded second edition includes coverage of:

- psychological reductionism, including the impact of the behaviourist movement

- the human genome project: modern concerns about ethical and socially responsible research, and the challenge this presents to current psychological practice

- issues in social psychology and socio-cognitive development, and aspects of cognitive psychology including artificial intelligence and the computer metaphor

- new material on the child's social world, simulating human cognition, and the cognitive implications of human social evolution

In this hard-hitting, challenging and direct text, the author discusses the political and social implications of psychological research, and brings to light fundamental trends as well as philosophical underpinnings of psychological theory. Its synoptic approach will be useful for students trying to bring together the various areas of psychological knowledge; for psychologists looking at broad trends within their discipline, and for the reader with an interest in psychology as a whole.

'This volume is accessible to anyone with an interest in what makes human beings tick...The book is equally suitable for the undergraduate student who wants to know what psychology is about, and the mature student or practitioner, urging the reader to think critically about the discipline...this volume makes for challenging reading.' - Venita Ramtohul, Psychology Learning and Teaching

List of Figuresp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Reductionism in Psychological Theoryp. 1
Reductionism and Behaviourismp. 18
Understanding the Genomep. 32
Ethical Issues in Psychological Researchp. 44
Changing Values in Psychological Knowledgep. 60
Perspectives in Social Psychologyp. 69
European Social Psychologyp. 81
The Child's Social Worldp. 95
Perspectives in Cognitive Psychologyp. 105
Simulating Human Cognitionp. 121
Eco-psychologyp. 128
The Politics of Nature and Nurturep. 138
The 'Magic' of Sociobiologyp. 155
Some Cognitive Implications of Human Social Evolutionp. 172
Afterwordp. 186
Glossaryp. 187
Referencesp. 192
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780333960226
ISBN-10: 033396022X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 11th March 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.8  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised