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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. In his incisive examination of the pitfalls that determine ‘good’ or ‘bad’ psychological science, Hughes shows readers how to critique psychology research, enhance its validity and reliability, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the way psychology is produced, published, and promulgated in the twenty-first century.

“Psychology in Crisis is an unflinching tour of the challenges of doing psychological science well. Brian Hughes describes six crises facing psychology that could make one think that all is lost. But it is not. At their core, the crises are illustrations of just how hard it is to study human behavior and, simultaneously, why it is worth doing. Hughes closes with a path toward a science that is robust, transparent, and self-skeptical to help accelerate discovery and ensure that psychology meets its potential as a scientific enterprise.”
— Professor Brian Nosek, Professor in psychology at the University of Virginia and Executive Director for the Center for Open Science
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Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience

Balancing readability with intellectual rigour, this is an essential guide to the complex relationship between psychology, science, and pseudoscience. Unique in its focus on the philosophy of science within psychology, it critiques controversial practices and challenges the biases which threaten academic rigour within the field.

“…an important and engaging book exploring the relationships between science, pseudoscience, and psychology…This book should be read by anyone with a serious interest in the subject.”
— Professor Christopher French, Goldsmiths, University of London

“…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
“This book will help students to question more critically the research they read during the course of their degree, rather than simply accepting published work as quality science.”
Professor Anna Phillips, University of Birmingham
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Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (Kindle Edition: US)

This book provides concise coverage of the central topics within Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. The sequence of chapters is organised temporally, and focuses on how the major conceptual issues in psychology have been handled over time.  Further, in each case, the relevance of historical discourses to contemporary psychology is emphasized.

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Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (India/SAARC)

This book provides concise coverage of the central topics within Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. The sequence of chapters is organised temporally, and focuses on how the major conceptual issues in psychology have been handled over time.  Further, in each case, the relevance of historical discourses to contemporary psychology is emphasized.

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Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (Rest of the World)

This book provides concise coverage of the central topics within Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology. The sequence of chapters is organised temporally, and focuses on how the major conceptual issues in psychology have been handled over time.  Further, in each case, the relevance of historical discourses to contemporary psychology is emphasized.

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