Political Psychology: Neuroscience, Genetics, and Politics by George E. MarcusPolitical Psychology: Neuroscience, Genetics, and Politics by George E. Marcus

Political Psychology: Neuroscience, Genetics, and Politics

byGeorge E. Marcus

Paperback | July 25, 2012

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Political Psychology prepares for the understanding of and research in the coming political psychology. While political psychology is a very old discipline, its roots can be easily found in ancient Greek scholars such as Plato and Aristotle, and their inquiries into what forms of politics suitthe human condition, the discipline of political psychology is increasingly being shaped by the newest sciences such as neuroscience and by genetics and biology. This text is designed to prepare the students to understand the ancient questions raised by our elders, from Ancient Greece through theEnlightenment and to today. And, to see how the newer approaches enable us to escape static disputes by using new tools, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological to seek new answers. The pedagogy is very much based on the premise that learning and doing are linked. Doing enables learning.Topics covered include: politics and the human condition; the methodologies of political psychology such as experiments, surveys and the like, emotion, rationality, personality, conflict, and context, among others.
George E. Marcus is Professor of Political Science at Williams College and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology. He is also the author of books and articles on political tolerance, emotion, and politics.
Title:Political Psychology: Neuroscience, Genetics, and PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195370643

ISBN - 13:9780195370645


Table of Contents

PrefaceSection I: Introduction1. The Importance of Political PsychologyThe Field of Political PsychologyThe Social Organization of Political PsychologyThe Core Concerns of Political PsychologyThe Usefulness of TaxonomiesHuman Nature and Human PoliticsDoing Political PsychologyExplanation in Political PsychologyDescription and Explanation in Political PsychologyPlan of the BookExercises2. A Brief Methodology Primer for Political PsychologistsExplanations as Persuasion or Justification, and Explanation as KnowledgeGenerating Explanations: TheorizingGetting Observations: Data, Sampling and GeneralizationSurveys - Samples from a Population of InterestExperimentsOther Data Collection MethodologiesMeasuring Concepts: Measurement TheoryForms of RelationshipsConclusionExercises3. A Short History of a Long TraditionTimeUnderstanding Premodern Conceptions of TimeUnderstanding Modern TimeEmotion and Reason Shaping Political PsychologyThe Modern Dilemma: The Unexpected Trajectory of ProgressConclusionExercises4. Neuroscience and Political PsychologyNeuroscience and TimeNeuroscience and KnowledgeNeuroscience and ActionPsychology and KnowledgeValence ConceptionDiscrete, or Appraisal ConceptionsDimensional ConceptionsConclusionExercisesSection II: Political Psychology5. Brain and Conscious MindThe Psychology of Mind and BrainSplit Brain ExperimentsTime and Brain FunctionsA Provisional Beginning: The Theory of Affective IntelligenceThe Politics of Mind and BrainConclusionExercises6. Political Action - The Uses and Limits of the MindThe Limits of the Mind, the Blind Spot of Political PsychologyAn Overview of Preconscious Appraisal and ActionPolitical Psychology Wrestles with the UnconsciousThe Preconscious and PoliticsDual Process Models - Brain and MindConclusionExercises7. Personality and Political PsychologyA Very Brief Historical Introduction to PersonalityPersonality as Taxonomy - Personality as TypesThe Four HumorsModern Research on PersonalityPersonality in PsychobiographyPersonality in Political PsychologyFour Limitations of trait Conceptions of PersonalityNeuroscience and PersonalityPathology and Research Agenda of Personality in Political PsychologyPolitical Psychology and Personality Going ForwardSuggested ReadingsResourcesExercises8. Political Psychology and Democratic PoliticsHow Do We Know?How Do We Manage: Dual Process ModelsMoral JudgmentFree WillThe Special Challenge of ManipulationRethinking Core ConceptionsAppendixCritical books and articles exploring biological sources of variation in personalityGene Environment InteractionsMotor Action (behavior)VisionMemorySeminal Pieces regarding Genes and Political AttitudesApplications to Political Psychology - Selected ExamplesDevelopmental PsychologyEarly Seminal Work on PersonalitySome Primers: Evolutionary Accounts and Probabilistic EpigenesisAffective NeuroscienceEarly BasicsRecent BasicsConsciousness and PreconsciousnessAmygdalaSocial NeuroscienceBehavioral DevelopmentNeural DevelopmentDecision NeuroscienceExercisesSection III: Political Social Psychology9. Using the Past and Present so as to Live in the FutureA Brief RepriseContext in Political PhilosophyContext in PsychologyA Preliminary Consideration of Authority and Context in PoliticsA Provisional Psychological Taxonomy of ContextAssessing the Empirical StoryThe Normative StoryAffect and ContextA Taxonomy of Context or a Taxonomy of ContextsExercises10. Conclusion: Political Psychology and PoliticsIntroductionThe Limitations of Political PsychologyAn Agenda for Political Psychology (Redux)Political Psychology for the Young ScholarChoosing Research TopicsPolitical Psychology for the CitizenIndex