Michael Pettit, 2019–2020

The Affective Revolution: Hot Cognition and the Ends of Cold War Psychology

Resident Associate, 2019-20

Associate Professor of Psychology, York University

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Michael Pettit studies the history and public understanding of science. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he works at the intersection of cultural history, critical psychology, and science and technology studies. His current research focuses on the recent history of psychology, focusing on the field’s shift from a social to a health science, its entanglements with public policy, and the rise of affect as a meta-theory.

Selected Publications

  • Pettit, Michael. “The Great Cat Mutilation: Sex, Social Movements and the Utilitarian Calculus in 1970s New York City.” British Journal for the History of Science: Trends 2 (2017): 57–78.
  • Pettit, Michael, and Jana Vigor. “Pheromones, Feminism, and the Many Lives of Menstrual Synchrony.” BioSocieties 10, no. 3 (2015): 271–94.
  • Pettit, Michael. The Science of Deception: Psychology and Commerce in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
  • Pettit, Michael. “Becoming Glandular: Endocrinology, Mass Culture, and Experimental Lives in the Interwar Age.” American Historical Review 118, no. 4 (2013): 1052–76.
  • Pettit, Michael. “The Problem of Raccoon Intelligence in Behaviourist America.” British Journal for the History of Science 43, no. 3 (2010): 391–21.