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The Anatomy of Judgement: An Investigation Into the Processes of Perception and Reasoning by M. L. J. [Minnie Louie Johnson] Abercrombie (£9.50)Publisher: Free Associations Books — 1989
Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1853431060]
Condition: Good+. Leans slightly. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers which are a little discoloured. Text complete, clean and tight.
Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;
From the cover: The process of perception the very having of experience is fundamentally affected by unconscious processes. This is the conclusion of an elegant and utterly convincing study of the psychodynamics and social context of forming judgements in everyday life, in science and in group processes. Perspectives drawn from psychoanalysis, from group-analytic psychotherapy, and research on the projective nature of perception framed this pioneering research, which was written up in a charming and thoughtful way.
The author is concerned with the origin and development of judgement, the relation between inner and outer worlds, the selective and interpretative nature of perception, and the role of context or total situation. She then turns to the formulation of scientific judgements, as observed in the schemata in the minds of the medical students with whom she conducted her research. At a time when a number of different frameworks are pointing to the social construction of reality and the development of a psychoanalytic epistemology, The Anatomy of Judgement is a timely reminder of the emotional basis of learning.
Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 156 pages.
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72