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Overview

Dreams puzzled early man, Greek philosophers spun elaborate theories to explain human memory and perception, Descartes postulated that the brain was filled with "animal spirits," and psychology was officially deemed a "science" in the 19th century. The Fourth Edition of Hergenhahn's best-selling text continues to provide students with a comprehensive view of the history of psychology by showing that most of the concerns of today's psychologists are manifestations of themes that have been a part of psychology for thousands of years.
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A new edition of the extensive introductory text tracing the history of psychology from the Greeks to psychobiology. The scholarly discussions introduce the key men and women in the field within the context of their theories, including Hippocrates, Aristotle, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, and Hollingworth. New additions to the volume concentrate on gender issues, cognitive psychology, Herrnstein's and Murray's views on intelligence, and discussions of Maslow's theories as well Augustine's analysis of time. Includes some illustrations and tests. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Hergenhahn (emeritus, Hamline University) outlines the history of psychology from 700 B.C. to the present. Arranged chronologically, chapters focus on particular periods and movements, as well as the contributions of individuals. Topics include: early Greek philosophers; Aristotle; the beginning of modern science and philosophy; empiricism, sensationalism, and positivism; rationalism; romanticism and existentialism; early physiology and experimental psychology; Darwin's influence; functionalism; behaviorism; neobehaviorism; Gestalt psychology; early diagnosis, explanation, and treatment of mental illness; psychoanalysis; humanistic psychology; psychobiology; and, contemporary psychology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534263706
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

A former chair of Hamline's psychology department at Hamline University, Dr. Hergenhahn has been awarded for excellence in teaching, has authored several widely adopted textbooks and numerous journal articles.

Tracy Henley earned his Psychology Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, where he co-edited his first book, REFLECTIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY: WILLIAM JAMES AFTER A CENTURY. He also co-authored THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE and CONNECTIONS IN THE HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY; has authored more than 60 publications in the areas of history, methods, psycholinguistics, and social cognition; and has worked on numerous federal research grants. Dr. Henley spent 13 years on the faculty at Mississippi State University, teaching and conducting research in philosophy and psychology. In 2001, he spent his first sabbatical working for a computer games company, and still dabbles in game design. In 2003, he accepted the position of Head of the Department of Psychology and Special Education at Texas A & M University-Commerce. Currently, he serves as Director of Grants and Research for the College of Education and Human Services. In 2012, he also served as President of the Southwestern Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Early Greek Philosophy. 3. After Aristotle: A Search for the Good Life. 4. The Beginning of Modern Science and Philosophy. 5. Empiricism, Sensationalism, and Positivism. 6. Rationalism. 7. Romanticism and Existentialism. 8. Early Development in Philosophy and the Rise of Experimental Psychology. 9. Voluntarism and Structuralism and Other Early Approaches to Psychology. 10. The Darwinian Influence. 11. Functionalism. 12. Behaviorism. 13. Neobehaviorism. 14. Gestalt Psychology. 15. Early Diagnosis, Explanation, and Treatment of Mental Illness. 16. Psychoanalysis and its Early Alternatives. 17. Humanistic (Third-Force) Psychology. 18. Cognitive Psychology. 19. Psychobiology. 20. Contemporary Psychology.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    This is the most reader-friendly History of Psychology book I have encountered.

    I teach International Baccalaureate (IB)Psychology at the International School Manila (Philippines). That's a course for high-flying high school students (along the lines of AP),except this course is two years in length. One of the elements of our syllabus is how History and Culture have contributed to each of the Perspectives, that is, Psychodynamic, Behaviorism, Cognitive, Humanistic and Biological. Along these lines I've never seen a text that was both clearly written and comprehensive. It is comprehensive, but it does not engage in overkill like similar texts. It is clear, but not pedestrian. Let there be no mistake about it. This is an excellent university level text and yes, my students are taking university level courses while still in high school, but the fact is, - they are still high schoolers. Clarity is paramount, both for them as well as their instructor. Moreover, it's one thing when a book clearly explains a topic, but the quality of this book is further augmented by the pacing within each chapter and transition between chapters. In what could be a mundane topic, the author has a knack of gaining and keeping the reader's interest. Definitely head and shoulders above a 'normal' history book. Thank you Professor Hergenhahn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    Excellent Textbook!

    For most of us, Textbooks are monotonous and dry reading. I used this textbook in an upper level history and systems course in psychology and enjoyed it thoroughly. The chapter summaries are very complete, and a glossary is contained at the end of each chapter. I received an A in the course and still have this book. It's a valuable aid for planning research papers in psychology.

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