The neuropsychology of anxiety *

The neuropsychology of anxiety * Jeffrey A. Gray ‘Ours is the Age of Anxiety ’: that seemed a suitably portentous sentence with which to open this Myers Lecture. But then I realized that I was out of date. The first quarter of the 20th century might have deserved this epithet; but one has to be badly out of touch with reality to doubt that we are now well into the Age of Psychosis. Alas, it is too late to change the course of my research and join the modern world. So I shall stick to my last, even as you mutter: ‘Ah, Oxford, home of lost causes, privileged haven of anxiety in a psychotic world!’ And there is worse to come. Here you will find no trend-setting curtsy towards humanistic - or even cognitive - psychology, no dirge over the body of behaviourism; but rather the old-fashioned belief that psychologists study behaviour, and that this is a product of the brain. ‘That is all very well’, I can hear you object, ‘but isn’t that the same blank cheque that Sechenov offered us over a century ago? And shouldn’t it have been cashed by now? And isn’t it audacious to attempt to cash it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Journal of Psychology Wiley

The neuropsychology of anxiety *

British Journal of Psychology, Volume 69 (4) – Nov 1, 1978

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Wiley
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1978 The British Psychological Society
ISSN
0007-1269
eISSN
2044-8295
DOI
10.1111/j.2044-8295.1978.tb02118.x
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Jeffrey A. Gray ‘Ours is the Age of Anxiety ’: that seemed a suitably portentous sentence with which to open this Myers Lecture. But then I realized that I was out of date. The first quarter of the 20th century might have deserved this epithet; but one has to be badly out of touch with reality to doubt that we are now well into the Age of Psychosis. Alas, it is too late to change the course of my research and join the modern world. So I shall stick to my last, even as you mutter: ‘Ah, Oxford, home of lost causes, privileged haven of anxiety in a psychotic world!’ And there is worse to come. Here you will find no trend-setting curtsy towards humanistic - or even cognitive - psychology, no dirge over the body of behaviourism; but rather the old-fashioned belief that psychologists study behaviour, and that this is a product of the brain. ‘That is all very well’, I can hear you object, ‘but isn’t that the same blank cheque that Sechenov offered us over a century ago? And shouldn’t it have been cashed by now? And isn’t it audacious to attempt to cash it

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Published: Nov 1, 1978

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