A History of Psychology in Letters / Edition 2

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The private thoughts, emotions, hopes, and frustrations contained in this collection of letters written by key figures in psychology provide rich insight into the development of the field. From John Locke writing parenting advice in 17th century Holland to Kenneth B. Clark responding to the impact of his research on the 19th century Brown v. Board decision, this book illustrates the history of the psychology in a direct, engaging manner.

  • Uses primary source materials to provide students with a unique view of the story of psychology.
  • Features an introduction to historiography, focusing on how historians use manuscript collections in their work.
  • Includes chapter-opening material that explains the historical context, brief annotations to help clarify the content, and an epilogue that concludes these important stories in psychology.
  • The second edition adds new annotations by Benjamin, giving greater life and dimension to the learning about the people and ideas that have influenced the development of psychology.
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"A novel and interesting approach to the history of psychology."Network Review

“Texts on the history of psychology sometimes tend to bedusty and dry. A History of Psychology in Letters deliversexcitement in a way that few texts can-by enabling readers to peekin on the original letters sent by the great leaders in the historyof the field. So one learns about history in the most exciting waypossible - through the leaders' own words. The text carefullyintersperses the letters with narrative to make them cohere andflow in a seamless way. I highly recommend the book to anyone. Eventhose who thought the history of psychology to be boring will findgreat excitement in the pages of this book.” Robert J.Sternberg, Tufts University

"The first edition of this book gave teachers a uniquelypowerful tool to improve their students' grasp of the complexitiesof psychology's history and to introduce them to the processes andpleasures of research about the past.This second edition adds newand insightful chapters on several significant episodes in thehistory of psychology, such as Hugo Munsterberg's early involvementwith the psychology of law and Kenneth Clark and the Brown v. Boarddecision. A new introductory chapter makes more explicit than everbefore the ways in which (and the reasons why) historians delveinto psychology's past." Michael M. Sokal, Worcester PolytechnicInstitute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405126113
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/17/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. is Professor of Psychology and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University and is holder of the Glasscock Professorship and a Presidential Professorship in Teaching Excellence. His numerous publications include From Séance to Science: A History of the Profession of Psychology in America (with David Baker, 2004), A History of Psychology: Original Sources and Contemporary Research (edited, second edition 1997), and A Brief History of Modern Psychology (forthcoming from Blackwell).

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Table of Contents

1 Reading other people's mail : the joys of historical research 1
2 John Locke as child psychologist 15
3 On the origin of species : Darwin's crisis of 1858 27
4 John Stuart Mill and the subjection of women 41
5 An American in Leipzig 55
6 The struggle for psychology laboratories 69
7 William James and psychical research 81
8 Hugo Munsterberg and the psychology of law 95
9 A woman's struggles for graduate education 113
10 Titchener's experimentalists : no women allowed 125
11 Coming to America : Freud and Jung 139
12 The behaviorism of John B. Watson 153
13 Nazi Germany and the migration of Gestalt psychology 169
14 A social agenda for American psychology 183
15 B. F. Skinner's heir conditioner 197
16 Kenneth B. Clark and the Brown v. Board decision 213
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