Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines - Vol. 3

Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines - Vol. 3

Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines - Vol. 3

Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines - Vol. 3

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It is natural for intellectual disciplines to ally with one another. Of course, linkages between disciplines can be few or many, direct or indirect, common or exotic, intimate or distant. In its central concern with the mind and soul, psychology, among all fields of interest, is impressive in the number and diversity of other disciplines to which it is allied. Psychology seems naturally to contact, to contribute to, and to benefit from the greatest possible variety of other disciplines. Many psychologists actually work at the intersection of psychology and some other discipline; most psychologists at least touch another discipline regularly.

What relations exist between psychology and disciplines allied to it? How are the boundaries between psychology and its affiliated disciplines defined and constructed? How do mutual contributions between psychology and associated disciplines function and balance? In Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines, scholars whose intellectual interests and research efforts lie at the interface of psychology and other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences explore, analyze, discuss, and appraise those affiliations. Each essay is structured to include, first, a brief historical review of the association between psychology and another discipline, second, theoretical evaluations and interpretations of the bases of these associations, third, discussions of major issues and advances psychology has brought to affiliated disciplines and vice versa, and, fourth, directions that future research between psychology and associated other disciplines are likely to follow to mutual advantage. The principal purposes of these essays are, therefore, to reflect on psychology, to assess psychology's relations to its allied disciplines, and to guide further cooperation between psychology and other disciplines.

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