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The Science of Deception By Michael Pettit

The Science of Deception
by Michael Pettit

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Suitable for scholars and general readers alike, this title brings together the story of deception in American commercial culture with its growing use in the discipline of psychology. It reveals how deception came to be something that psychologists studied and also employed to establish their authority.
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The Science of Deception: Psychology and Commerce in America by Michael Pettit

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Americans were fascinated with fraud. P. T. Barnum artfully exploited the American yen for deception, and even Mark Twain championed it, arguing that lying was virtuous insofar as it provided the glue for all interpersonal intercourse. But deception was not used solely to delight, and many fell prey to the schemes of con men and the wiles of spirit mediums. As a result, a number of experimental psychologists set themselves the task of identifying and eliminating the illusions engendered by modern, commercial life. By the 1920s, however, many of these same psychologists had come to depend on deliberate misdirection and deceitful stimuli to support their own experiments. "The Science of Deception" explores this paradox, weaving together the story of deception in American commercial culture with its growing use in the discipline of psychology. Michael Pettit reveals how deception came to be something that psychologists not only studied but also employed to establish their authority. They developed a host of tools - the lie detector, psychotherapy, an array of personality tests, and more - for making deception more transparent in the courts and elsewhere. Pettit's study illuminates the intimate connections between the scientific discipline and the marketplace during a crucial period in the development of market culture. With its broad research and engaging tales of treachery, "The Science of Deception" will appeal to scholars and general readers alike.

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The Science of Deception Reviews


"What if psychology was not just the heir of philosophy or physiology, as so many disciplinary histories have implied, but instead emerged through an engagement with the deceptive practices of the marketplace, from the 'low' humbuggery of carnival shows to the duplicity of corporate managers? Michael Pettit's wide-ranging and entertaining book maps out this alternative cultural history of American psychology in compelling terms." (Ken Alder, author of The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession)"

About Michael Pettit


Michael Pettit is assistant professor of the history and theory of psychology at York University in Toronto.

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GOR010168239
The Science of Deception: Psychology and Commerce in America by Michael Pettit
Michael Pettit
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
2013-02-15
320
0226923746
9780226923741
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