A History of Modern Psychology

A History of Modern Psychology

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This text takes a scientific approach to the history of modern psychology ranging from the publication of Fechner's "Elements of Psychophysics" in the mid-19th century to the present. This edition contains a new introductory chapter which features a lengthy treatment of the problem of explanation in scientific psychology, organized around issues in philosophy of science as they relate to psychology. The text reflects the recent scholarship on the founders of German psychology, and expands coverage of the German university setting as it shaped early German psychology, and isolates Wundt from the second generation of psychologists who broke sharply with the founder on many issues. This edition contains revised material such as a more critical stance on Freud, including the treatment of the Freud-Fliess letters, and focusing on two major issues: the controversies over the unconscious, and why Freud places such great emphasis on sex. The author connects the history of psychology with general history, drawing upon major thinkers of psychology's pre-scientific past.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 178 x 235 x 15mm | 550g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • 2nd edition
  • 013082240X
  • 9780130822406

Table of contents

1. Psychology, Science, and History. I. FOUNDING SCIENTIFIC PSYCHOLOGY. 2. The Psychology of Consciousness. 3. The Psychology of the Unconscious Mind. 4. The Psychology of Adaptation (1855-1891). II. THE CONSPIRACY OF NATURALISM (1892-1912). 5. The Utility of Consciousness: The Rise of Functional Psychology (1892-1898). 6. From Consciousness to Behavior: Behavioralism Discovered (1898-1912). III. PSYCHOLOGY TAKES OFF (1913-1950). 7. The Golden Age of Theory: The Behaviorist Era. 8. Applied Psychology and the Problems of Society: Psychologists in Social Controversy (1913-1950). 9. Reshaping Psychology: Psychologists in Professional Controversy. IV. ECLECTIC PSYCHOLOGY (1950-1960). 10. Behaviorisms Indian Summer: After the Golden Age. 11. Seeds of Change: Toward Cognitive Science and Social Unrest. V. YEARS OF TURMOIL (1960-1970). 12. Doubt and Challenge: Behaviorism Under Fire. 13. Continuity in Change: 'Revolutions' in Psychology and Society. VI. CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY (1970-TODAY). 14. Cognitive Science: From Triumph to Trouble. 15. Psychology Divided, Psychology Ascendant: An Uncertain Field in a Psychological Land. Index.
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