A Brief History of Modern Psychology / Edition 1

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In A Brief History of Modern Psychology 2nd Edition, Ludy Benjamin, a leading historian in the field, discusses the history of both the science and the practice of psychology since the establishment of the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1879. In engaging prose, this book weaves together the historical and disciplinary context that will help readers to better understand the richness and complexity of contemporary psychology. In the Second Edition, personality, social, and developmental psychology are expanded upon, providing balanced coverage of these three topics.

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"From a renowned historian and teacher of psychology comes whatpsychology students will welcome - a crisp and beautifully craftedhistory of their discipline, replete with fascinating stories ofthe people who shaped it and whose shoulders we now stand upon."David G. Myers, Hope College

"A Brief History of Modern Psychology will itself becomepart of the history of modern psychology. It is a classic work byone of the most distinguished living historians of psychology.Anyone who wishes to understand how the field of psychology hasreached its present state should read this book." Robert J.Sternberg, Tufts University

"This book offers exciting new analyses of such diverse topicsas G. Stanley Hall’s genetic psychology, the 19th-century‘public psychologies’ of phrenology and mesmerism, andthe late-20th-century emergence of a psychology of social action.A Brief History of Modern Psychology provides a stimulatingnew resource that will inspire 21st-century psychologystudents’ interest in their science’s past. "Michael M. Sokal, Founding Editor, History of Psychology

"The Behaviorism chapter was the best historical introductionthat I can remember reading — just what historical writingshould be." Wesley G. Morgan, Department of Psychology,University of Tennessee

“The reader is guided through over a century of psychologyin less than three hundred pages, yet the experience is never ataxing one. Both the precision and the conciseness of the book willundoubtedly make it appealing for undergraduate course work.”ISIS

“Conversational and…quite readable…easy tostudy from and deliver[s] plenty of useful information…wouldalso be ideal for the lay reader for a survey of psychology'shistory.”
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Meet the Author

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. is Professor of Psychology andEducational Psychology at Texas A&M University and is holder ofthe Glasscock Professorship and a Presidential Professorship inTeaching Excellence. His numerous publications include FromSéance to Science: A History of the Profession of Psychologyin America (with David Baker, 2004) and A History ofPsychology in Letters (second edition 2006, Blackwell).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


1. Pre-Scientific Psychology.

2. Physiology, Psychophysics, and the Science of Mind.

3. Germany and the Birth of a New Science.

4. Origins of Scientific Psychology in America.

5. The Early Schools of Psychology.

6. The Birth of the New Applied Psychology in America.

7. Psychoanalysis.

8. Behaviorism.

9. The New Profession of Psychology.

10. A Psychology of Social Action and Social Change.

11. Cognitive Psychology.





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