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
Sharman Levinson
Sylvie Chaperon
Kateřina Lišková
Timothy Wientzen
Camille Noûs
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social History of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Medical History
Journal of the History of Sexuality
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
University of Chicago Press
Springer International Publishing
University of California, Santa Barbara
Pepperdine University
University of Pennsylvania Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Sexual behavior
Physiological psychology
Science and literature
Stapledon, Olaf
Woolf, Virginia
Watson, John Broadus
Rost, Johann Leonhard
Pasha, Spyridon Mavrogenis
Moll, Albert
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
Early modern
United States
Ottoman Empire

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