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The Lay Scientist on eugenics

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Nice piece on eugenics:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2011/feb/23/2

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Written by daijones

March 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

A short history of race and racism

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The Advances in the History of Psychology blog is currently running a series of posts giving bibliographies in different areas. The latest is on race and racism in psychology, and in this case the post consists of a brief history of psychology’s engagement with race, together with suggested reading. You can see the post here:

http://ahp.apps01.yorku.ca/?p=922

Written by daijones

March 4, 2011 at 3:01 am

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Science and politics

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A bit of a storm in the science world recently, when a researcher suggested that the reason women were under-represented in scientific fields was because they’re intrinsically less capable of scientific thinking. There was uproar from those who reject the notion of essential, biologically founded gender differences in higher cognitive functioning, as you might expect. Then there was the usual response from those who are pro difference: claims that that they’re the ones doing proper science, and finding “facts”; and any refusal to accept those facts is no more than political correctness. Cordelia Fine, author of the excellent Delusions of Gender, responds to those arguments here:

http://blogs.plos.org/blog/2011/02/11/let’s-say-good-bye-to-the-straw-feminist/

This is one instance of the usual argument, but the take home message is about the way the argument always plays out: on one side, people claim to be proper scientists who objectively find the truth, and any gain sayers are politically motivated; and on the other, there are people pointing out that the so called science is confounded by a range of social variables, and the claims that are made are unsupportable. We see the same argument in terms of race difference research amongst other areas. In terms of what we cover on the degree, the first side represent examples of what we describe as the “myth of objectivity”, claims of scientific truth being used to hide a political agenda.

Written by daijones

February 16, 2011 at 1:18 am

Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness

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A good article in Wired on criticisms of the development of the latest revision of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual, DSM-V. The process seems to be marked by an increasing medicalisation of psychological phenomena, including the invention of new disorders; and particularly the identification of disorders that pharmaceutical companies have suggested treatments for. Perhaps not surprising given that 62% of those drawing up the manual have links to the drug companies…

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/12/ff_dsmv/all/1

Written by daijones

January 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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Psychologists in the media

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A good piece from the Guardian’s Lay Scientist blog on the ethics (or lack thereof) of psychologists who appear in the media passing comments on celebrities they’ve never met:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2010/nov/17/1

Written by daijones

November 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm

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Gender in pop psychology

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Nice piece in the Guardian on the popularity of gender difference claims in pop psychology, and the absence of firm evidence for the same:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/14/women-men-differences-science-stereotypes

Written by daijones

November 16, 2010 at 2:15 am

Blog on forensic psychology

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A promising looking new blog on forensic psychology:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/witness

Written by daijones

November 9, 2010 at 1:17 am

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