New Books Network

Benoît Majerus, “From the Middle Ages to Today: Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris” (Parigramme, 2018)
With Paris as the organizing locus of his new book, Du moyen âge à nos jours, expériences et représentations de la folie à Paris [From the Middle Ages to Today, Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris], Benoît Majerus uses an impressively wide range of visual sources, from religious images and... Read More
Maria Kronfeldner, “What’s Left of Human Nature? A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept” (MIT Press, 2018)
Much of the debate about the roles of nature vs. nurture in the development of individual people has settled into accepting that it’s a bit of both, although what each contributes to a given trait or feature, how much, and they interact are still matters of dispute. In What’s Left... Read More
Michele Gelfand, “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World” (Scribner Books, 2018)
In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World (Scribner Books, 2018), Dr. Michele Gelfand leverages cultural psychology research to examine social norms and their implications on individuals, organizations, and nations.  Dr. Gelfand examines how the threat environment shapes a nation’s culture, as well as how... Read More
Steve Stewart-Williams, “The Ape That Understood the Universe: How Mind and Culture Evolve” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In this episode, cross-posted from from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Yael Schonbrun takes a dive into evolutionary psychology with professor and author, Dr. Steve Stewart-Williams. Steve’s recent book, The Ape That Understood the Universe: How Mind and Culture Evolve (Cambridge University Press, 2018) offers an opportunity to step away... Read More
Emily K. Sandoz, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders” (New Harbinger, 2011)
Most of us can be self-critical about our bodies sometimes. At the extreme, painful thoughts and emotions about body image can lead to emotional suffering and even impact quality of life. In this episode, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Debbie Sorensen interviews Dr. Emily Sandoz about... Read More
Stephan J. Guyenet, “The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat” (Flatiron Books, 2017)
In this this interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Diana Hill talks with Dr. Stephan J. Guyenet, neurobiologist and obesity researcher, about the unconscious systems that lead to overeating and weight gain. Dr. Guyenet discusses why dietary guidelines alone are not enough to change our eating behavior.... Read More
Joshua Eyler, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching” (West Virginia UP, 2018)
What is learning? There is a robust body of literature that seeks to tell us what the most effective classroom techniques and strategies are, but Joshua Eyler goes further. In his new book How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (West Virginia UP, 2018), Eyler digs deeply... Read More