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‘Hughes’s timely, insightful and brave analysis of the psychology of politics of Brexit is a lesson for all.’
― Krys Kaniasty, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
 
‘In this excellent and clearly written volume, Hughes has illustrated the integral connection between political decisions and psychological well-being and as such this book is in the vanguard of the area.’
― Esther Greenglass, Professor of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada
 
‘Hughes’s accessible and absorbing style makes this a must-read for anyone interested in human behaviour and decision-making.’
― Michael Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology, Northumbria University, UK
 
‘As a psychologist and former president of the UK’s professional body for psychology, I have seen Brexit concerns in both the UK and Europe at first hand. But depth of psychological analysis has up to now been in short supply. Brian Hughes fills this gap with a penetrating analysis of the impact on citizens and communities, written with energy and style. One that I think will earn an enduring place on the Brexit bookshelf.’
― Nicola Gale, Department of Psychology City, University of London and former President of the British Psychological Society
 

The Psychology of Brexit
From Psychodrama to Behavioural Science

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.

This book discusses how reasoning biases and illusions of control propel – and pollute – the perspective of both Leavers and Remainers. It shows how social stereotypes and motivated irrationality help otherwise groundless beliefs thrive in everyday culture, leading to group polarisation and echo-chamber reasoning. It reveals the way cultural biases like sexism influence how Brexit politicians are portrayed and perceived. And it explores the psychological impact of Brexit – its effect on social attitudes, future thinking, and collective and individual mental health.

In this compelling new book, psychologist Brian Hughes examines what scientific psychology reveals about the dynamics of Brexit, what Brexit teaches us about ourselves, and what we can do to deal with its short-term impact and long-term fallout.

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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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