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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.

Methods of Research: Neuroscience and Genetic/Evolutionary Psychology
Methods of research: Neuroscience and genetic/evolutionary psychology

The brain adapts to the tasks a person uses it to perform. (Anon)

In this chapter we turn to the approaches that have been developed to investigate the mechanisms of the material tools (many of which are parts of the human body) that people use to accomplish culturally defined tasks. As we have argued in the previous chapters, the results of studies using the cultural/discursive methodologies have enabled us to determine what kinds of dispositions, capacities and skills etc., we need to carry on our lives successfully. These powers and skills are possible because we have been born with or have acquired the mechanisms necessary to exercise them. The possession of such mechanisms ...

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