New Book Combines Cognitive and Cultural Psychology
April 25, 2012 – Georgetown psychology professors Fathali Moghaddam and Rom Harré have co-authored a book that presents an integrated picture of neuroscience and socio-cultural psychology.
Psychology for the Third Millenium: Integrating Cultural Neuroscience Perspectives (Sage, 2012) unifies the investigation of brain processes – cognition and neuroscience – with cultural psychology and contains a variety of expert voices that speak to the similarities and differences of these fields.
Moghaddam, who is director of Georgetown’s conflict resolution master’s program, also is a professor in the government department and in the McDonough School of Business. His research focuses on cognitive universals and their sources in the domain of justice.
In addition to being a distinguished research professor at Georgetown, Harré is director of the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on language-carried cognitive processes, particularly as these occur in conversations and other interpersonal communication patterns.
“Psychology grew out of our everyday reflections on the beliefs and practices relevant to people thinking, acting, feeling and perceiving,” the authors write. “The scientific study of these phenomena should, we believe, be built on a common fundamental presumption – that personsare the basic beings at the root of a scientific psychology.”