The Psychology Book: From Shamanism to Cutting-Edge Neuroscience, 250 Milestones in the History of Psychologyby Wade E. Pickren, Philip G. Zimbardo (Foreword by)
What could be more fascinating than the workings of the human mind? This stunningly illustrated survey in Sterling's Milestones series chronicles the history of psychology through 250 landmark events, theories, publications, experiments, and discoveries. Beginning with ancient philosophies of well-being, it touches on such controversial topics as phrenology, sexual taboos, electroshock therapy, multiple personality disorder, and the nature of evil.
A leading historian in his field, Pickren (director, Ctr. for Faculty Excellence, Ithaca Coll.) here assembles 250 milestones in psychology, from shamanism to the 2013 White House BRAIN Initiative (brain research through advancing innovate neurotechnologies). Each entry has a page of concise description and explanation opposite a portrait, document, or work of art—a visual and intellectual pleasure. Milestones include Aristotle's De Anima; London's medieval Bedlam (Bethlem Hospital); Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy; Elizabeth Loftus on misinformation effect and false memories; and Bill Moyers's "Mind-Body Medicine" on PBS. Some topics and pioneers, such as the brain, soul, tests, medications, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Jung, receive repeat attention. Suggested readings add to the value of this book for readers who wish to delve further into the milestones. There is something for everyone here but, of course, not room for everything: this reviewer regrets the exclusion of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (as examined in Edward Reed's From Soul to Mind) and psychologist Otto Rank. VERDICT Lay readers and scholars will find treasure and pleasure here. A splendid volume in content and design, this work is recommended for general readers, psychology students, and history buffs.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC
Meet the Author
Wade E. Pickren received his PhD in Psychology and the History of Science from the University of Florida. Currently, he is Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Ithaca College and the Editor of History of Psychology. Pickren served as the Historian of the American Psychological Association from 1998 to 2012 and recently completed a term as President of the Society for General Psychology. Additionally, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of the History of Psychology and President of the Society for the History of Psychology. He works with an extensive international network of psychologists, and his professional affiliations include the New York Academy of Science, Cheiron: International Society for the History of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists, having served as President of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology, and published more than 50 books and 400 articles and chapters, including Shyness (Addison Wesley), The Lucifer Effect (Random House), The Time Cure (Simon & Schuster), and The Time Paradox (Jossey-Bass). A professor emeritus at Stanford University, he received his PhD in psychology from Yale University and is best known for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment that highlighted the ease with which college students cross the line between good and evil when caught up in the matrix of situational and systemic forces. Dr. Zimbardo is currently teaching in the PsyD consortium program at Palo Alto University and lecturing worldwide.
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Good book, clear message, with well decorated illustration. 250 psychological milestones with one page length of introduction for each topic, which provides material for non-scholar people to have a grasp of the evolution timeline of major psychology theories/events;