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1 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology Putting the HIP into CHIP How to Interest Students in an Unfamiliar Subject Geoff Bunn Manchester Metropolitan University

2 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology  A required level II undergraduate course  160 students  1 hr lecture each week over 2 semesters  10 credits  1 course work essay (1,500 words)  1 final exam question (from 6) in 1 hour

3 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology Interrogative Themes  Situated knowledge (investigative traditions in Psychology)  The construction of gender

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6 Three Investigative Paradigms in Psychology Francis Galton: Psychometric Sigmund Freud: Psychodynamic Wilhelm Wundt: Psychophysics

7 Using Tools: Psychometrics Does it work? Is it useful?

8 Telling Stories: Psychodynamic What does it mean? Does it help me to understand my experience?

9 Puzzle Solving: Psychophysics Does it exist? Is it real?

10 Psychology has many different historical foundations.

11 “The human being is not the eternal basis of human history and human culture but a historical and cultural artifact.” (Nikolas Rose, 1996)

12 Portrait of Sir Thomas Lucy and His Family by Cornelius Johnson (c.1625)

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14 Diurnal and seasonal time.

15 ‘The industrial revolution demanded a greater synchronisation of labour.’ (E.P. Thompson, 1967)

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17 “This was not merely an idea, but a revelation. At the sight of that skull, I seemed to see all of a sudden, lighted up as a vast plain under a flaming sky, the problem of the nature of the criminal—an atavistic being who reproduces in his person the ferocious instincts of primitive humanity and the inferior animals.” – Lombroso (1874)

18 “In hysteria, every thought, every symptom was linked to sex…The hysteric’s tale...was a narrative of seduction.” (Lunbeck, 1994)

19 ‘These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished. Memory fingers in their hair of murders,’ - Wilfred Owen

20 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology Interrogative Themes  Psychological categories and human kinds  Power and subjectivity  Pop psychology and psychological expertise

21 What’s the difference between a broken heart and a broken bone?

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23 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

24 The Passions of the Soul Do Psychological Objects Have Historical Continuity? The Psychology of Emotion

25 “There is no physiology of the mind any more than there is psychology of the nervous system.” – John Hughlings Jackson

26 Natural Objects (Indifferent Kinds) & Psychological Objects (Interactive Kinds) Natural objects: rocks, atoms, electrons, chemicals, cells, stars, genes, electricity, weather, hormones, viruses, bones, trees, dinosaurs, gravity. Psychological objects: depression, love, melancholy, intelligence, schizophrenia, self- esteem, autism, attitudes, motivation, emotion, dyslexia, cognition, behaviour, nostalgia, mind, soul, ADHD, shell shock, sexuality, race, personality, development, introversion, feeblemindedness, hysteria, temperament.

27 Psychological Objects & Human Kinds Psychological objects: depression, love, melancholy, intelligence, self-esteem, attitudes, motivation, emotion, dyslexia, cognition, behaviour, nostalgia, mind, soul, sexuality, race, personality, development, temperament. Human kinds: schizophrenic, autistic child, child with ADHD, gifted child, introvert, genius, shell shocked soldier, paedophile, multiple personality, hysterical woman, father, feebleminded child, vulnerable adult, hero, rough sleeper, alcoholic, criminal man, single mum.

28 Psychological Categories Emotional labour Power & Expertise Popular psychology “Race”

29 ‘ Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.’ - Simone de Beauvoir (1949)

30 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology  An optional level III undergraduate course  60 students  1 hr lecture each week over 2 semesters  20 credits  Essay and a reflective journal of readings


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