Psychology and Technologies of the Self and Social World|
Fall 2018 not offered
The psychological sciences are generating novel and remarkable understandings of individual minds, social interactions, groups, and institutions, and these findings are being extended to benefit individual and social welfare. As we dwell in a world increasingly understood in psychological terms and managed through psychological technologies, crucial questions warrant attention. What are the implications of adopting these new understandings of self and others? Does this new knowledge change us and, if so, how? How do we assess the consequences of this knowledge as it is implemented in social practices? These questions guide our examination of cases where psychological knowledge has informed new practices and policies. The cases include research on decision-making, integration, positive psychology, psychopharmacology, stress, and attitudes. Also considered will be instances where psychological ideas have been implemented then challenged, including psychosurgery and token economies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Sample of suggested readings:
Rose, N. (2006). THE POLITICS OF LIFE ITSELF: BIOMEDICINE, POWER, AND SUBJECTIVITY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Tversky, A. & Khaneman, D. (1974). Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases. SCIENCE 185(4157): 1124-1131.
Greenwald, A. G., Banaji, M. R. (1995). Implicit social cognition: Attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes. PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW 102(1): 4-27.
Miller, G. (1969). Psychology as a means of promoting human welfare, AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST 24.
Goldman, J.G. (2014). Giving psychology away online. APS OBSERVER, 27(3).
|Examination and Assignments: |
5 short papers; 1 research report; final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Must attend the first class meeting