Class #14: Biological Reductionism in Gender Research
In short: We now move on to our second set of case-studies: namely, psychology-related pseudoscience from the mainstream (as opposed to from the fringes). The first case-study is ‘Biological Reductionism and Gender’.
Class #15: The ‘Tend-and-Befriend’ theory
In short: Continuing the case-study on ‘Biological Reductionism and Gender’, we look at the claims and criticisms associated with the ‘tend-and-befriend’ theory of stress.
Taylor et al., ‘Biobehavioral responses to stress in females: Tend-and-befriend, not fight-or-flight’
Geary & Finn, ‘Sex differences in behavioral and hormonal response to social threat: Commentary on Taylor et al.’
Class #16: Social Cognition Models
In short: Our second case-study from mainstream psychology is ‘Social Cognition Models’.
Hughes, Chapter 12 (pp. 166-167)
Ogden, ‘Some problems with social cognition models: A pragmatic and conceptual analysis’
From the Blog: Stop the spread of the ecological fallacy
Class #17: The MMR-Autism Scandal
In short: Our next case-study from mainstream psychology relates to ‘Autism Controversies’; specifically, the Wakefield MMR vaccination scare scandal.
Wakefield, ‘Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children’
Deer, ‘How the Case Against the MMR Vaccine Was Fixed’
Deer, ‘How the Vaccine Crisis was Meant to Make Money’
Deer, ‘The Lancet‘s Two Days to Bury Bad News’
From the Blog: Homeopathy, vaccination, and autism: Together again