The Trauma of Psychological Torture


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6.54 X 9.26 X 0.94 inches | 1.16 pounds
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About the Author

Almerindo E. Ojeda is Founding Director of the University of California Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA). CSHRA is an academic research center founded in 2005, aiming to gather information about human rights in the American continent, to interpret it through cross-cultural perspectives, develop legal instruments for human rights protections, create relevant curricula, and enhance human rights across the continent through action. Ojeda is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California Davis.


"Psychologists interested in becoming familiar with the torture debate, particularly within APA, will find this book quite useful...The Trauma of Psychological Torture provides a useful compendium of knowledge about systematic psychological torture and coercion in the context of war and provides justification for efforts by members of APA and the American Psychiatric Association to not sanction such practices."

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"Each of the twelve chapters offers fresh perspective on a surprising range of issues. . . . The Trauma of Psychological Torture goes well beyond an analysis of the psychological and physiological effects of torture. . . . The range of makes this book a surprisingly panoramic work that would be a welcome read to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of torture as it exists today. . . . The Trauma of Psychological Torture offers a helpful view of issues involving the responsibility of the medical profession, the neurobiological effects of torture, and the historical emergence of so-called 'psychological torture'--but it also provides us with an ethical demand--namely, that we think carefully about our current practices, as well as the categories we use to describe them."

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Metapsychology Online


"Founding director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, Ojeda (linguistics, Univ. of California, Davis) merges perspectives on psychological torture from psychology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, neurobiology, history, and law...This is a comprehensive, useful addition to literature on torture...Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."

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