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New Books by Psychology Faculty to be Published in Spring 2008

Posted: May 26, 2008

We are pleased to announce the publication of Peter MacNeilage's book, "The Origin of Speech" (Oxford University Press) in April 2008.

PETER MACNEILAGE has written over 120 papers on the topic of complex action systems and their evolution. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural and Social Sciences...from book jacket

The Origin of Speech "combines a critique of the Non-Darwinian approach to speech of Noam Chomsky with a presentation of two Neodarwinian theories regarding the evolution of speech production. According to the "Frame/Content" theory, the mouth close-open alternation underlying the basic consonant-vowel syllable of speech had its origin in the cyclical mouth movements of chewing, sucking, and licking. According to the "Postural Origins" theory, both right handedness and the specialization of the left cerebral hemisphere for speech had a deep heritage in a left hemisphere specialization for the control of the body under routine circumstances."
...Peter MacNeilage, Professor of Psychology

Also scheduled for publication is Sam Gosling's first book, "Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You" (Basic Books), due on May 26, 2008.

SAM GOSLING has spent the last decade conducting research on how personality is expressed and perceived in everyday contexts. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Psychology Today, and other publications, and he is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. ...from book jacket

Description:

Does what’s on your desk reveal what’s on your mind? Do those pictures on your walls tell true tales about you? And is your favorite outfit about to give you away? For the last ten years psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected-and unplanned-ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it others, and interpret the world around us.

Gosling, one of the field’s most innovative researchers, dispatches teams of scientific snoops to poke around dorm rooms and offices, to see what can be learned about people simply from looking at their stuff. What he has discovered is astonishing: when it comes to the most essential components of our personalities-from friendliness to flexibility-the things we own and the way we arrange them often say more about us than even our most intimate conversations. If you know what to look for, you can figure out how reliable a new boyfriend is by peeking into his medicine cabinet or whether an employee is committed to her job by analyzing her cubicle. Bottom line: The insights we gain can boost our understanding of ourselves and sharpen our perceptions of others. Packed with original research and fascinating stories, Snoop is a captivating guidebook to our not-so-secret lives. ...from book jacket

To read more about the book and see the schedule of the upcoming book tour and speaking engagements check out the Snoopology web site.

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