Tag: New Books in Psychology

Shannon Spaulding, “How We Understand Others: Philosophy and Social Cognition” (Routledge, 2018))

Carrie Figdor , November 15th, 2018


Social cognition includes the ways we explain, predict, interpret, and influence other people. The dominant philosophical theories of social cognition–the theory-theory and the simulation theory… Visit New Books…


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David P. Barash, “Through a Glass Brightly: Using Science to See Our Species as We Really Are” (Oxford UP, 2018)

Carrie Lynn Evans , November 13th, 2018


Human beings have long seen themselves as the center of the universe, as specially-created creatures who are anointed as above and beyond the natural world. Professor and noted…


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S. Hayes and D. S. Wilson, “Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Predicting, and Influencing Human Behavior” (Context Press, 2018)

Debbie Sorensen , September 27th, 2018


Evolution science and behavioral science both have strong theories that can help us understand humans in context, and yet, until now, the two fields have been mostly separate….


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Susan Greenfield, “You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity” (Notting Hill Editions, 2016)

Jeremy Corr , August 21st, 2018


What makes you who you are? What makes you distinct from me? What is identity? In the book You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity (Notting Hill Editions,…


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Damien Riggs, “The Psychic Life of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities” (Lexington Books, 2018)

Eugenio Duarte , August 7th, 2018


In order to fully grasp the workings of racism, we cannot limit ourselves to examining it within majority cultures. Racism exists in minority cultures, such as the gay…


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Gloria Origgi, “Reputation: What it is and Why it Matters” (Princeton UP, 2018)

Robert Talisse , April 2nd, 2018


We all put a great deal of care into protecting, managing, and monitoring our reputation. But the precise nature of a reputation is obscure. In one sense, reputation…


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Owen Flanagan, “The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility” (Oxford UP, 2017)

Carrie Figdor , December 15th, 2017


What is it to be moral, to lead an ethically good life? From a naturalistic perspective, any answer to this question begins from an understanding of what humans…


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Kristina Musholt, “Thinking About Oneself: From Nonconceptual Content to the Concept of a Self” (MIT Press, 2015)

Carrie Figdor , August 15th, 2017


When Descartes famously concluded “I think, therefore I am”, he took for granted his ability to use the first person pronoun to refer to himself. But how do…


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Sophie Egan, “Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are” (William Morrow, 2017)

Lori A. Flores , July 24th, 2017


In Devoured: How What We Eat Defines Who We Are (William Morrow Books, 2017), food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan takes readers on…


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Carrie Jenkins, “What Love is: And What it Could Be” (Basic Books, 2017)

Carla Nappi , April 25th, 2017


Carrie Jenkins‘ new book is a model for what public philosophy can be. Beautifully written, thoughtful, and compellingly and carefully argued, What Love Is: And What it Could…


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David F. Lancy, “The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Eugenio Duarte , March 6th, 2017


Developmental psychology seems to tell us how to best to raise our children into competent and decent adults. However, comparing our theories and practices to those of other…


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Claudia Malacrida, “A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Albertas Eugenic Years” (U of Toronto Press, 2015)

Ivan Simic , December 29th, 2016


In A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta’s Eugenic Years (University of Toronto Press, 2015), Claudia Malacrida explores the practices of the Michener Center in Red Deer, Northern…


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Kenneth Schaffner, “Behaving: What’s Genetic, What’s Not, and Why Should We Care?” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Carrie Figdor , September 15th, 2016


In the genes vs. environment debate, it is widely accepted that what we do, who we are, and what mental illnesses we are at risk for result from…


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Rebecca Lemov, “Database of Dreams: The Lost Quest to Catalog Humanity” (Yale University Press, 2015)

Mikey McGovern , April 27th, 2016


Rebecca Lemov‘s beautifully written Database of Dreams: The Lost Quest to Catalog Humanity (Yale University Press, 2015) is at once an exploration of mid-century social science through paths…


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Nancy Segal, “Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study” (Harvard UP, 2012)

Debbie Sorensen , June 28th, 2013


Identical twins, separated at birth, raised in different families, and reunited in adulthood. In 1979, psychology researchers in Minnesota found some twins who had been reunited after a…


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Helen Longino, “Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality” (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Carrie Figdor , May 15th, 2013


What explains human behavior? It is standard to consider answers from the perspective of a dichotomy between nature and nurture, with most researchers today in agreement that it…


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Giusi Tamburello, “Concepts and Categories of Emotion in East Asia” (Carocci editore, 2012)

Marshall Poe , October 4th, 2012


What is the relationship between language and the emotions? Where ought we look for evidence of emotion in historical and literary texts? Is it possible to talk about…


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