Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics, and Policy

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Hogrefe & Huber, 1998 - Psychology - 328 pages
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When is animal research necessity and when is it cruelty?

Animal Models of Human Psychology is a breakthrough text that presents the first empirically based system of analysis to determine the answer to this much-debated question.

Taking psychological eating disorders as a case study, Shapiro examines the costs and benefits associated with using nonhuman animals to study human phenomena. He uses social scientific analytic methods and original data to assess the effectiveness of current research. Shapiro utilizes a combination of historical, conceptual, ethical, and political analyses as they apply to the use of animal models. This combination of elements makes Animal Models of Human Psychology a revolutionary text, which criticizes both the scientists who use animal models, as well as animal support groups which condemn such activities without a rigorous analysis of each situation.

The book frames the discussion in a uniquely intelligent manner, and should be highly valuable for anyone interested in the general subject of animal rights and scientific advances.

Kenneth J. Shapiro is the founding editor of Society and Animal and the co-founding editor of Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. He is currently the executive director of Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This is Shapiro's third book.

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DEANE H. SHAPIRO, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He has served for several years as a member of the Clinical Faculty at Stanford University Medical School and as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and he was cofounder and president of the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior. He is also the author/coeditor of more than one hundred scientific and professional publications. His books include Precision Nirvana: Care and Maintenance of the Mind: An Owner's Manual; Meditation: Self-Regulation Strategy and Altered States of Consciousness; and Beyond Health and Normality: Explorations of Exceptional Psychological Well-being.

JOHN ASTIN, PhD, holds a doctorate in health psychology from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently a research fellow at the Stanford Center for Research in "An excellent, comprehensive survey of the state of the art in control theory and therapy."--Ellen McGrath, PhD, Past President, Division of Psychotherapy, Division of Media Psychology, American Psychological Association

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