Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology / Edition 2

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Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology introduces the life, thought, work and impact of some of the most influential figures who have shaped and developed modern psychology.

Publisher's description: This book focuses on fifty major influential figures on psychology, ranging from the earliest days of the discipline 200 years ago to the present day. It provides concise biographical information on each thinker, and then proceeds to examine their contributions to the evolution of psychology as a discipline, and provides a commentary on their ideas and works. Accessibly written and with guides to further reading, Fifty Key Thinkers in Psychology is an invaluable resource for the student, practitioner and general reader alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this entry of the new "Key Guides" series, Sheehy (psychology, Queen's Univ., Belfast) profiles 50 personalities in psychology with great care, as is fitting for a discipline devoted to understanding who we are and why we do what we do. The list begins with Hermann von Helmholtz, Francis Galton, Wilhelm Wundt, and William James and includes 11 who are still living (in order of birth): Jerome Bruner, Eleanor Maccoby, Richard Gregory, Albert Bandura, Robert Luce, Endel Tulving, Noam Chomsky, Ulric Neisser, Philip Zimbardo, Alan Baddeley, and John Anderson. Following each of the articles is a short bibliography. While a brief glossary is helpful, Sheehy often introduces definitions in the text (e.g., of such terms as intentionality, phenomenology, and functionalism). References are often quite recent, but some major biographies are not listed (e.g., on Freud, Erikson, and Jung). In addition, Maccoby and Anne Anastasi are the only two women represented, and there is a preponderance of English-speaking psychologists. These are minor quibbles, however, considering the richness and readability of the essays, which combine human interest with intellectual substance-50 exemplary short studies of life and work (averaging five and a half pages). The broadening inclusion of linguist Noam Chomsky and ethologist Konrad Lorenz is welcome. This book should be compared with Nicholas Wade's Psychologists in Word and Image, which presents 104, one-page summaries with provocatively fashioned portraits. A fine companion volume to both is Daniel Robinson's An Intellectual History of Psychology. Highly recommended for most libraries. (Index not seen.)-E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415680257
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: Routledge Key Guides Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

Noel Sheehy is a Professor and Reader in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and was formerly Chair of the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. His research interests are in risk perception and risk communication. He is also co-author of Understanding Suicidal Behaviour and Applied Social Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Chronological list of contents
Allport, Gordon (1897-1967) 3
Anastasi, Anne (1908-2001) 8
Anderson, John (1947-) 13
Asch, Solomon (1907-96) 18
Baddeley, Alan (1934-) 22
Bandura, Albert (1925-) 26
Bartlett, Frederick (1886-1969) 31
Binet, Alfred (1857-1911) 35
Bowlby, John (1907-90) 41
Broadbent, Donald (1926-93) 47
Bruner, Jerome (1915-) 51
Cannon, Walter (1871-1945) 55
Cattell, Raymond (1905-98) 60
Chomsky, Noam (1928-) 65
Erikson, Erik (1902-94) 73
Eysenck, Hans (1916-97) 78
Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939) 83
Galton, Francis (1822-1911) 89
Gibson, James (1904-79) 95
Gregory, Richard (1923-) 100
Hebb, Donald (1904-85) 104
Von Helmholtz, Hermann (1821-94) 109
Hull, Clark (1884-1952) 114
James, William (1842-1910) 121
Jung, Carl (1875-1961) 126
Kohlberg, Lawrence (1927-87) 132
Lewin, Kurt (1890-1947) 138
Lorenz, Konrad (1903-89) 144
Luce, Robert (1925-) 150
Luria, Alexander (1902-77) 155
Maccoby, Eleanor (1917-) 159
Maslow, Abraham (1908-70) 163
McClelland, David (1917-98) 167
Milgram, Stanley (1933-84) 172
Neisser, Ulric (1928-) 177
Pavlov, Ivan (1849-1936) 182
Piaget, Jean (1896-1980) 188
Rogers, Carl (1902-87) 193
Simon, Herbert (1916-2001) 198
Skinner, Burrhus (1904-90) 203
Spearman, Charles (1863-1945) 209
Sperry, Roger (1913-94) 215
Thorndike, Edward (1874-1949) 219
Titchener, Edward (1867-1927) 224
Tulving, Endel (1927-) 230
Vygotsky, Lev (1896-1934) 235
Watson, John (1878-1958) 239
Wertheimer, Max (1880-1943) 246
Wundt, Wilhelm (1832-1920) 252
Zimbardo, Philip (1933-) 259
Glossary 264
Index 268
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