A History of Psychology: Original Sources and Contemporary Research

A History of Psychology: Original Sources and Contemporary Research

by Ludy T. Benjamin Jr.
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McGraw-Hill Companies, The


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A History of Psychology: Original Sources and Contemporary Research

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070045620
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 01/28/1988
Pages: 576

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: The Psychology of History and the History of Psychology: A Historiographical Introduction
CHAPTER 2: Philosophical Roots of Psychology: Mechanism and Empiricism
CHAPTER 3: The Physiological Roots of Psychology
CHAPTER 4: The French Clinical Tradition
CHAPTER 5: The Founding of Scientific Psychology: Gustav Fechner and Wilhelm Wundt
CHAPTER 6: E. B. Titchener and Struturalism
CHAPTER 7: Darwinian Influences: Adaptation and Individual Differences
CHAPTER 8: American Antecedents to Functionalism
CHAPTER 9: Functionalism
CHAPTER 10: Animal Experimental Psychology
CHAPTER 11: Behaviorism
CHAPTER 12: Neobehaviorism
CHAPTER 13: Psychoanalysic
CHAPTER 14: Gestalt Psychology
CHAPTER 15: The Beginnings of American Applied Psychology
CHAPTER 16: American Psychology's Social Agenda: The Issue of Race

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"Ludy Benjamin has organized a superb collection of readings for the history of psychology, blending outstanding and accessible selections from great authors of the past with excellent historical essays by contemporary researchers. This volume will make an excellent 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, Ludy Benjamin brings psychology's history alive. By so doing, Benjamin, a great historian of psychology, illuminates yesterday's great ideas and their reach into today's psychological science." David Myers, Hope College

“If the history of psychology sounds dry and dull, then you have not yet read the 3rd edition of Ludy Benjamin’s edited book. It is a mix of original writing by psychology’s greatest thinkers and commentary by contemporary psychologists. History of Psychology: Original Sources and Contemporary Research is fascinating reading for anyone who wants to understand the development of topics as diverse as Freudian notion of repression and application of learning theory to education.” Diane F. Halpern, Claremont McKenna College, 2004 President of the American Psychological Association

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