A History of Psychology: Original Sources and Contemporary Research / Edition 3

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The third edition of A History of Psychology is a highly readable compendium of primary source writings from the founders of psychology and works by more contemporary historians. The revised reader includes 17 new articles, 10 of which were written after 2000. Coverage is universal and global – from Locke, Wundt and Skinner to modern scholars such as Henning Schmidgen, Sir Frederic C. Bartlett and George Mandler.

  • Introduces students to the philosophy and methods of historical research and writing, linking primary source readings with contemporary articles
  • Covers Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and historical treatments of race and gender
  • Promotes History of Psychology as an active research specialty
  • A perfect compliment to Benjamin's Brief History of Modern Psychology
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ludy Benjamin has organized a superb collection of readings forthe history of psychology, blending outstanding and accessibleselections from great authors of the past with excellent historicalessays by contemporary researchers. This volume will make anexcellent book for any history of psychology course." Henry L.Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis

"By allowing psychology's pioneers to speak in their own voices,supplemented by historical analysis and his own introductions, LudyBenjamin brings psychology's history alive. By so doing, Benjamin,a great historian of psychology, illuminates yesterday's greatideas and their reach into today's psychological science." DavidMyers, Hope College

“If the history of psychology sounds dry and dull, thenyou have not yet read the 3rd edition of Ludy Benjamin’sedited book. It is a mix of original writing by psychology’sgreatest thinkers and commentary by contemporary psychologists.History of Psychology: Original Sources and ContemporaryResearch is fascinating reading for anyone who wants tounderstand the development of topics as diverse as Freudian notionof repression and application of learning theory toeducation.” Diane F. Halpern, Claremont McKenna College,2004 President of the American Psychological Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405177108
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 427
  • Sales rank: 513,878
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. is Professor of Psychology and Presidential Professor of Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University and is holder of the Glasscock 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 in Letters (second edition 2006, Blackwell) and A Brief History of Modern Psychology (2007, Blackwell). In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the History of Psychology for his research on the history of psychology.

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Table of Contents


New to the Third Edition.


1 Historiography – Asking and Answering HistoricalQuestions.

2 Philosophical and Physiological Roots of ModernPsychology.

On Simple and Complex Ideas: John Locke (1690).

Tabula Rasa – Its Origins and Implications: NicholasPetryszak (1981).

A System of Logic: John Stuart Mill (1843).

On the Speech Center: Paul Broca (1861).

Cortical Localization and Cerebral Dominance: The Work of PaulBroca: Stanley Finger (1994).

3 Wilhelm Wundt and the Founding of ScientificPsychology.

Psychical Elements and Compounds: Wilhelm Wundt (1896).

A Reappraisal of Wilhelm Wundt: Arthur L. Blumenthal (1975).

Wundt as Chemist? A Fresh Look at his Practice and Theory ofExperimentation: Henning Schmidgen (2003).

4 Origins of Scientific Psychology in America.

The Stream of Thought: William James (1890).

William James and the Art of Human Understanding: David E. Leary(1992).

Tests of the Senses and Faculties: James McKeen Cattell(1893).

James McKeen Cattell and the Failure of Anthropometric MentalTesting, 1890–1901: Michael M. Sokal (1982).

The Psychology Laboratory at the Turn of the 20th Century: LudyT. Benjamin, Jr. (2000).

Psychological Instruments at the Turn of the Century: Rand B.Evans (2000).

5 Structuralism and Functionalism.

The Method and Scope of Psychology: Edward Bradford Titchener(1910).

The Mistaken Mirror: On Wundt’s and Titchener’sPsychologies: Thomas H. Leahey (1981).

The Province of Functional Psychology: James Rowland Angell(1907).

Functionalism, Darwinism, and the Psychology of Women: A Studyin Social Myth: Stephanie A. Shields (1975).

6 Birth of the New Applied Psychology.

Clinical Psychology: Lightner Witmer (1907).

The Clinical Psychology of Lightner Witmer: A Case Study ofInstitutional Innovation and Intellectual Change: John M.O’Donnell (1979).

Tentative Suggestions for the Certification of PracticingPsychologists: Leta S. Hollingworth (1918).

Practicing School Psychology: A Turn-of-the-Century Perspective:Thomas K. Fagan (2000).

The Influence of Caffein on Mental and Motor Efficiency: HarryHollingworth (1912).

Coca-Cola, Caffeine, and Mental Deficiency: Harry S.Hollingworth and the Chattanooga Trial of 1911: Ludy T. Benjamin,Jr., Anne Rogers, and Angela Rosenbaum (1991).

7 Psychoanalysis.

The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud(1910).

The Return of the Repressed: Psychology’s ProblematicRelations with Psychoanalysis, 1909–1960: Gail A. Hornstein(1992).

Snapshots of Freud in America, 1899–1999: Raymond E.Fancher (2000).

8 Behaviorism and Neobehaviorism.

Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It: John B. Watson(1913).

Struggle for Scientific Authority: The Reception ofWatson’s Behaviorism, 1913–1920: Franz Samelson(1981).

A System of Behavior: B. F. Skinner (1938).

B. F. Skinner’s Technology of Behavior in American Life:From Consumer Culture to Counterculture: Alexandra Rutherford(2003).

9 The New Profession of Psychology.

Professional Training in the Light of a Changing Science andSociety (excerpt from the Boulder Report): Victor Raimy (1950).

The Affirmation of the Scientist–Practitioner: A Look Backat Boulder: David Baker and Ludy Benjamin, Jr. (2000).

The Boulder Model’s Fatal Flaw: George W. Albee(2000).

The Boulder Model: A Dream Deferred – Or Lost?: Peter E.Nathan (2000).

The Scientist–Practitioner Model: Gandhi Was Right Again:George Stricker (2000).

10 A Psychology of Social Change: Race and Gender.

The Effects of Segregation and the Consequences ofDesegregation: A Social Science Statement: Kenneth B. Clark, IsidorChein, and Stuart W. Cook (1952).

Kenneth B. Clark in the Patterns of American Culture: Ben Keppel(2002).

The Mental Traits of Sex: Helen Bradford Thompson [Woolley](1903).

Social Devices for Impelling Women to Bear and Rear Children:Leta S. Hollingworth (1916).

he First Generation of Women Psychologists and the Psychology ofWomen: Katharine S. Milar (2000).

11 Cognitive Psychology.

Gestalt Theory: Max Wertheimer (1924).

A Theory of Remembering: Frederic C. Bartlett (1932).

Origins of the Cognitive (R)evolution: George Mandler(2002).



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