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A Brief History of Modern Psychology (Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology)

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In A Brief History of Modern Psychology, Ludy Benjamin, leading historian in the field, discusses the history of both the science and the practice of psychology since the establishment of the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1879.

  • Captures the excitement of this pervasive field that features prevalently in modern mass media

  • Presents facts and interesting tidbits about individual psychologists’ lives and ideas, as well as illuminating tie-in’s to the social contexts in which they lived

  • Features widely known figures such as William James, Carl Jung, Wilhelm Wundt, G. Stanley Hall, James Catell, John B. Watson, and B.F. Skinner as well as lesser known luminaries such as E.B. Titchener, Mary Calkins, Leta Hollingworth, Kenneth and Mamie Clark, and Helen Thompson Wolley

  • Provides the historical and disciplinary context that will help readers to better understand the richness and complexity of contemporary psychology

  • Includes discussions of important events, societies, and landmarks in the history of psychology such as the growth of psychological laboratories in the US, the Thayer Conference (the landmark summit which defined school psychology), Kurt Lewin’s social action research, and Lewis M. Terman and the Stanford Revision of the Binet-Simon Scale (now the well known, “Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale”)
  • Test Bank for instructors with identification, multiple-choice, matching, and essay questions written by Ludy Benjamin available at www.wiley.com/go/benjamin .

Book News Annotation:

Benjamin (psychology and educational psychology, Texas A&M U.) presents a history of modern psychology from the establishment of the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1879 to the present. He covers both the science and practice of psychology, their origins and parallel development, key figures, and topics such as physiology and psychophysics, early schools, psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and cognitive psychology. The book is meant to be an alternative to lengthier texts and to be paired with readings in college courses. It can also be used by general readers. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

No subject captures the attention of people today more than psychology. It pervades television in the form of soap operas, celebrity court cases, police and hospital dramas, talk shows, 'reality' shows, and infomercials. It is the stuff of movies, magazines, plays, novels, self-help books, sports, jobs, music lyrics, talk radio, and the internet. In A Brief History of Modern Psychology, Ludy Benjamin, a leading historian in the field, discusses the history of both the science and the practice of psychology since the establishment of the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1879.

In engaging prose, this book weaves together the historical and disciplinary context that will help readers to better understand the richness and complexity of contemporary psychology.

About the Author

Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. is Professor of Psychology and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University and is holder of the Glasscock Professorship and a Presidential 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) and A History of Psychology in Letters (second edition 2006, Blackwell).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Preface.

1. Pre-Scientific Psychology.

2. Physiology, Psychophysics, and the Science of Mind.

3. Germany and the Birth of a New Science.

4. Origins of Scientific Psychology in America.

5. The Early Schools of Psychology.

6. The Birth of the New Applied Psychology in America.

7. Psychoanalysis.

8. Behaviorism.

9. The New Profession of Psychology.

10. A Psychology of Social Action and Social Change.

11. Cognitive Psychology.

Epilogue.

References.

Acknowledgments.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405132060
Author:
Benjamin, Ludy T., Jr.
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Author:
Benjamin, Ludy T., Jr. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr.
Author:
Benjamin, Ludy T., Jr. JR. JR. JR.
Author:
Benjamin, Ludy T., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR. J
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Psychology -- History.
Subject:
History & Philosophy of Psychology
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
226.5 x 153 x 14 mm 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , No subject captures the attention of people today more than psychology. It pervades television in the form of soap operas, celebrity court cases, police and hospital dramas, talk shows, 'reality' shows, and infomercials. It is the stuff of movies, magazines, plays, novels, self-help books, sports, jobs, music lyrics, talk radio, and the internet. In A Brief History of Modern Psychology, Ludy Benjamin, a leading historian in the field, discusses the history of both the science and the practice of psychology since the establishment of the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1879.

In engaging prose, this book weaves together the historical and disciplinary context that will help readers to better understand the richness and complexity of contemporary psychology.

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