UCO Psychology Professor Examines History of Scientific Sexism and Racism in New Book

UCO assistant professor of psychology Caleb Lack, Ph.D., recently published his fourth book, “Psychology Gone Astray.”

June 18, 2014

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UCO PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR EXAMINES HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC SEXISM AND RACISM IN NEW BOOK

How can skewed psychological research impact society? Profoundly, according to Caleb Lack, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. He addresses the history of such scientific research and how it contributed to sexism and racism, and offers guides on how to conduct and evaluate comparative research, in his recently published book, “Psychology Gone Astray.”           

Lack, along with co-author Charles Abramson, Ph.D., dedicated 10 years of work to the text. It includes 22 articles dating from 1895-1930 that illustrate how scientific research helped further the ideas of racism, sexism and eugenics.           

“The book addresses an often-ignored issue in psychology: how the results of numerous poorly conducted psychological studies were used to support and justify both scientific and institutionalized sexism and racism,” said Lack.           

“If we do not learn how to spot such dubious research and results, we will likely fall prey to such problems again and again.”

Lack is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters, along with three prior books: “Tornadoes, Children, and Posttraumatic Stress,” “Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction,” and “Mood Disorders: An Introduction.” He has been internationally recognized for his innovative teaching and research, including an honorary degree from the Escuela de Psicologica at the Universidad Dr. Jose Matais Delgado in El Salvador.

“Psychology Gone Astray” can be purchased online from Amazon. For more information more about Lack, visit his blog at www.skepticink.com/gps.

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Cutline: UCO assistant professor of psychology Caleb Lack, Ph.D., recently published his fourth book, “Psychology Gone Astray.” The text addresses an often-ignored issue in psychology: how the results of numerous poorly conducted psychological studies were used to support and justify both scientific and institutionalized sexism and racism.