Brian Hughes is a psychologist, an academic, and a writer specialising in stress psychophysiology, health psychology, the public understanding of psychology and science, and the application of psychology to social issues. A prominent advocate for scientific psychology, evidence-based policy, and the role of psychology in society, he writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, medicine, and politics.
He is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of Galway.
A Conceptual History of Psychology
The Mind Through Time
A Conceptual History of Psychology charts the development of psychology from its foundations in ancient philosophy to the dynamic scientific field it is today. Emphasizing psychology’s diverse global heritage, the book explains how, across centuries, human beings came to use reason, empiricism, and science to explore each other’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
The Psychology of Brexit
The Psychology of Brexit examines the psychological causes, catalysts, and consequences of Brexit. Unlike most cultural upheavals, Brexit is not the result of accidental tragedy or spontaneous economic turmoil. Rather, it exists because people decided to make it exist. It is a product of human psychology – shaped in critical ways by people’s perceptions, preferences, choices, self-images, attitudes, ideas, assumptions, group relations, and reasoned (or ill-reasoned) conclusions.
Psychology in Crisis
Throughout the history of psychology, attempts to measure human behaviour have given rise to an underappreciated margin of error. Today, as psychology experiences increasing difficulty reproducing the results of its own studies, such error leaves an indelible question: Is psychology actually a field of irreproducible science? In this thought-provoking new book, Brian Hughes seeks to answer this very question.