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InPolitical Psychology: Neuroscience, Genetics, and Politics,scholar George Marcus provides a cutting-edge introduction that discusses the field's origins, evolution, and possibilities. Offering context that other texts typically omit, this unique volume includes a historical account of the ideas that underpin political psychology--ranging from Ancient Greece, through the Enlightenment, to today--thereby highlighting the deep intellectual roots and continuous vitality of the field. The book also looks at emerging trends in the discipline, integrating an "inside-out" perspective that analyzes how neuroscience, cognitive science, and genetics apply to politics. In addition to opening up new areas of inquiry, this approach gives students new conceptual, theoretical, and methodological tools that they can use to seek out new answers to old questions. An ideal text for upper-level undergraduate courses in political psychology or as a supplement in political behavior, public opinion, and political communications courses,Political Psychologyfocuses on teaching the essential skills involved in making credible political psychology explanations: creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Exercises throughout enable students to practice and master these skills and to "learn by doing."
George E. Marcus is Professor of Political Science at Williams College and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology. He is the author of numerous books and articles on political tolerance, emotion, and politics.
Table of Contents
Preface SECTION I: INTRODUCTION Chapter 1. The Importance of Political Psychology The Field of Political Psychology The Social Organization of Political Psychology The Core Concerns of Political Psychology The Usefulness of Taxonomies Human Nature and Human Politics Doing Political Psychology Explanation in Political Psychology Description and Explanation in Political Psychology Plan of the Book Exercises Chapter 2. A Brief Methodology Primer for Political Psychologists Explanations as Persuasion or Justification, and Explanation as Knowledge Generating Explanations: Theorizing Getting Observations: Data, Sampling, and Generalization Surveys: Samples from a Population of Interest Experiments Other Data Collection Methodologies Measuring Concepts: Measurement Theory Forms of Relationships Conclusion Exercises Chapter 3. A Short History of a Long Tradition Time Understanding Premodern Conceptions of Time Understanding Modern Time Emotion and Reason Shaping Political Psychology The Modern Dilemma: The Unexpected Trajectory of Progress Conclusion Exercises Chapter 4. Neuroscience and Political Psychology Neuroscience and Time Neuroscience and Knowledge Neuroscience and Action Psychology and Knowledge Valence Conception Discrete, or Appraisal Conceptions Dimensional Conceptions Conclusion Exercises SECTION II: POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY Chapter 5. Brain and Conscious Mind The Psychology of Mind and Brain Split Brain Experiments Time and Brain Functions A Provisional Beginning: The Theory of Affective Intelligence The Politics of Mind and Brain Conclusion Exercises Chapter 6. Political Action: The Uses and Limits of the Mind The Limits of the Mind, the Blind Spot of Political Psychology An Overview of Preconscious Appraisal and Action Political Psychology Wrestles with the Unconscious The Preconscious and Politics Dual Process Models: Brain and Mind Conclusion Exercises Chapter 7. Personality and Political Psychology A Very Brief Historical Introduction to Personality Personality as Taxonomy: Personality as Types The Four Humors Modern Research on Personality Personality in Psychobiography Personality in Political Psychology Four Limitations of Trait Conceptions of Personality Neuroscience and Personality Pathology and Research Agenda of Personality in Political Psychology Political Psychology and Personality Going Forward Suggested Readings Resources Exercises Chapter 8. Political Psychology and Democratic Politics How Do We Know? How Do We Manage?: Dual Process Models Moral Judgment Free Will The Special Challenge of Manipulation Rethinking Core Conceptions Appendix Critical books and articles exploring biological sources of variation in personality Gene Environment Interactions Motor Action (behavior) Vision Memory Seminal Pieces regarding Genes and Political Attitudes Applications to Political Psychology: Selected Examples Developmental Psychology Early Seminal Work on Personality Some Primers: Evolutionary Accounts & Probabilistic Epigenesis Affective Neuroscience Early Basics Recent Basics Consciousness and Preconsciousness Amygdala Social Neuroscience Behavioral Development Neural Development Decision Neuroscience Exercises SECTION III: POLITICAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Chapter 9. Using the Past and Present so as to Live in the Future A Brief Reprise Context in Political Philosophy Context in Psychology A Preliminary Consideration of Authority and Context in Politics A Provisional Psychological Taxonomy of Context Assessing the Empirical Story The Normative Story Affect and Context A Taxonomy of Context or a Taxonomy of Contexts Exercises Chapter 10. Conclusion: Political Psychology and Politics Introduction The Limitations of Political Psychology An Agenda for Political Psychology (Redux) Political Psychology for the Young Scholar Choosing Research Topics Political Psychology for the Citizen Index