A wonderful book, full of unexpected and insightful answers to probing questions. The full sweep of psychology and the mind sciences is in full display. A must read.
Michael S. Gazzaniga, Professor of psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain.
Shaping Psychology is an engaging and often provocative volume filled with fascinating insights from prominent researchers whose work has strongly impacted the development of psychological science. Anyone interested in the past, present, or future of psychology should read this book immediately.
Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers.
Shaping Psychology is a unique collection of in-depth conversations with a selection of the most influential psychologists working today, conducted at the end of a decade that shook psychological science. They provide insights into the controversies at the heart of contemporary psychology, revealing a clash of visions of what psychological science is all about and what its future holds. They are candid on the crisis in psychology and explore its causes, consequences and how to overcome it. They also discuss challenges in the field, their careers, and the experiences that shaped their worldview.
Those interviewed include pioneers who have shaped psychology as we know it today and who represent a wide range of specializations, from research to mental health practice, mainstream psychology to critical psychology and neuroscience to the Open Science movement.
Elizabeth F. Loftus, Stanford University, USA, Jerome Kagan, Harvard University, USA, Michael I. Posner, University of Oregon, USA, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Emory University, USA, Robert J. Sternberg, Cornell University, USA, Robert Plomin, King’s College London, UK, Susan J. Blackmore, freelancer, UK, Joseph E. LeDoux, New York University, USA, Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Roy F. Baumeister, University of Queensland, Australia, Erica Burman, University of Manchester, UK, Brian A. Nosek, University of Virginia, USA, Vikram H. Patel, Harvard Medical School, USA, Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, USA, Carol A. Tavris, freelancer, USA.
Shaping Psychology is a collection of revealing and stimulating interviews of leading psychologists with research interests ranging from heuristic biases to behavioural genetics. Their careers are captured in entertaining vignettes preceding in-depth discussions of their scientific contributions and their views on such contemporary issues as reproducibility, open science, artificial intelligence and the relevance of psychological research for everyday life. Recommended for those concerned about where Psychology is going in the 21st century and for students hoping to tread that fascinating path.
Trevor W. Robbins, Professor of cognitive neuroscience, University of Cambridge, and co-author of The neurobiology of addiction.
This is a wonderful book. The biographical sketches are fascinating, and the interviews provide insight and wisdom. I highly recommend it to students, psychologists, and the general public.
Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, and the editor of Science of Memory Concepts.
The book offers important insights by leaders in the field of psychology and this constitutes a very useful and original contribution to the field.
James E. Alcock, Professor of Psychology, York University, Canada and the author of Parapsychology – Science Or Magic?: A Psychological Perspective.
I think the book could be an important time-capsule for future generations, offering a glimpse of the psychologists and the discipline as they are found in the early 21st century.
Lisa Osbeck, Professor of Psychology, University of West Georgia and Past-President of the APA Division 1, Society for General Psychology (2020-2021)