Between I and We: Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum

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Doron Pely, PhD (Author) – Writer, Teaching-Fellow at the Safe Communities Institute, University of Southern California, USA
Igal Vardi, PhD (Author) – Lecturer, Psychologist

Series: Social Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY031000; PSY051000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/JXSH5534

Despite the strong affinity between psychology and sociology, the two disciplines often have a difficult time finding unifying terms that will lead the way towards greater common insights and better predictive capabilities regarding how both individuals and groups perceive, feel and behave. Between I and We: Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum is an attempt to provide a constructive approach designed to bring the two disciplines closer, using neurology as a bridge.

The book maps a common cognitive and behavioral path that merges what we know about the conscious and unconscious, the rational and irrational, the pragmatic and the incorporeal – at both the individual and group levels. It does so, using a unifying neurological continuum model based on two major brain structures – the Amygdala and the Prefrontal Cortex.

The book addresses many questions, including: Why would we want to unify our exploration of psychology and sociology and how could we do it? Where and when does the individual end and the collective begin?  Where do neurology and sociology meet? How did we evolve from fight, flight, and freeze reactivity to strategic analysis responsiveness? What is the link between politics and the amygdala? What is the place of biases, irrationality, righteousness, banality, emotions, attention, and empathy in the life of the individual and the group? What is the reaction-response continuum, and how does it play a role in the life of individuals and collectives?

Building on the above subjects and many more, Between I and We introduces a new paradigm, proposing a neurologically-based model that is based on two new functional metaphors – Social Amygdala and Social Prefrontal Cortex. These metaphors create a conceptual and functional bridge between psychology and sociology, opening the door to a whole new way of exploring, describing, and predicting the behavior of individuals and collectives alike.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Structure of the Book

Chapter 1. It Takes Two (or More) to Tango

Chapter 2. The Individual – In Dividuum We Trust?

Chapter 3. The Collective – Together Forever?

Chapter 4. What’s Neuroscience Got to Do With It?

Chapter 5. The Amygdala – Our Existential ‘First Responder’

Chapter 6. The Prefrontal Cortex – Civilization’s Grand Mediator

Chapter 7. It Takes Three to Tango

Chapter 8. The New Paradigm: Merging Psychology with Sociology Through Neurology

Chapter 9. Epilogue: What’s All This Good For? From Theory to Practice

References

Index


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“We think that it is time to give a rapprochement between psychology and sociology another honest try – this time around with the help of the bridging services of neurology. Hence, our new book: Between I and We – Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum, enlists centuries of human exploration and experience, to provide the first disciplined attempt to bring together humanity’s two ancient-yet-ever-renewing efforts at self-understanding. We do this by mapping a common cognitive and behavioral path that merges what we know about the conscious and unconscious, the rational and irrational, the pragmatic and the incorporeal – at both the individual and the group levels – along the unifying continuum of the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex spectrum. This is a continuum that describes the relative, proportional, inter-relations between the instinctive-reactive (amygdala) and the contemplative-responsive (prefrontal cortex), the fast and the slow, the coarse and the nuanced…To read the full article, click here– Featured online by The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy, https://sci.usc.edu/

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