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 20th century Brown v. Board decision, this book illustrates the history of psychology in a direct, engaging manner. Using primary source materials such as letters and journal entries, Ludy Benjamin, one of the leading historians in the field, provides a unique view of the story 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: 9781405126120
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 579,248
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.55 (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 HistoricalResearch.

2. John Locke as Child Psychologist.

3. On the Origin of Species: Darwin’s Crisis of 1858.

4. John Stuart Mill and the Subjection of Women.

5. An American in Leipzig.

6. The Struggle for Psychology Laboratories.

7. William James and Psychical Research.

8. Hugo Münsterberg and the Psychology of Law.

9. A Woman's Struggles for Graduate Education.

10. Titchener's Experimentalists: No Women Allowed.

11. Coming to America: Freud and Jung.

12. The Behaviorism of John B. Watson.

13. Nazi Germany and the Migration of Gestalt Psychology.

14. A Social Agenda for American Psychology.

15. B. F. Skinner’s Heir Conditioner.

16. Kenneth B. Clark and the Brown v. Board Decision.



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