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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    This is the most reader-friendly History of Psychology book I have encountered.

    I teach International Baccalaureate (IB)Psychology at the International School Manila (Philippines). That's a course for high-flying high school students (along the lines of AP),except this course is two years in length. One of the elements of our syllabus is how History and Culture have contributed to each of the Perspectives, that is, Psychodynamic, Behaviorism, Cognitive, Humanistic and Biological. Along these lines I've never seen a text that was both clearly written and comprehensive. It is comprehensive, but it does not engage in overkill like similar texts. It is clear, but not pedestrian. Let there be no mistake about it. This is an excellent university level text and yes, my students are taking university level courses while still in high school, but the fact is, - they are still high schoolers. Clarity is paramount, both for them as well as their instructor. Moreover, it's one thing when a book clearly explains a topic, but the quality of this book is further augmented by the pacing within each chapter and transition between chapters. In what could be a mundane topic, the author has a knack of gaining and keeping the reader's interest. Definitely head and shoulders above a 'normal' history book. Thank you Professor Hergenhahn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    Excellent Textbook!

    For most of us, Textbooks are monotonous and dry reading. I used this textbook in an upper level history and systems course in psychology and enjoyed it thoroughly. The chapter summaries are very complete, and a glossary is contained at the end of each chapter. I received an A in the course and still have this book. It's a valuable aid for planning research papers in psychology.

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