Book ID: CBB539842089

Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (2013)


Longino, Helen E. (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: 256 pages
Language: English

In Studying Human Behavior, Helen E. Longino enters into the complexities of human behavioral research, a domain still dominated by the age-old debate of “nature versus nurture.” Rather than supporting one side or another or attempting to replace that dichotomy with a different framework for understanding behavior, Longino focuses on how scientists study it, specifically sexual behavior and aggression, and asks what can be known about human behavior through empirical investigation. She dissects five approaches to the study of behavior—quantitative behavioral genetics, molecular behavior genetics, developmental psychology, neurophysiology and anatomy, and social/environmental methods—highlighting the underlying assumptions of these disciplines, as well as the different questions and mechanisms each addresses. She also analyzes efforts to integrate different approaches. Longino concludes that there is no single “correct” approach but that each contributes to our overall understanding of human behavior. In addition, Longino reflects on the reception and transmission of this behavioral research in scientific, social, clinical, and political spheres. A highly significant and innovative study that bears on crucial scientific questions, Studying Human Behavior will be essential reading not only for scientists and philosophers but also for science journalists and anyone interested in the engrossing challenges of understanding human behavior.

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Authors & Contributors
Haynes, April Rose
Horvath, Christopher D.
Kim, Sungsu
Martensen, Robert Lawrence
Piccand, Marc
Mildenberger, Florian
Biology and Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of California, Santa Barbara
Pepperdine University
Sexual behavior
Physiological psychology
Human physiology
Uexküll, Jakob Johann von
Beer, Theodor
Bethe, Hans Albrecht
Tarkhanov, Ivan
Moll, Albert
Krafft-Ebing, Richard von
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
17th century
18th century
United States
Georgia (Republic)
Great Britain

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