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A Brief History of Modern Psychology (Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology)by Ludy T., Jr. Benjamin
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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.
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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)
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.
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.
9. The New Profession of Psychology.
10. A Psychology of Social Action and Social Change.
11. Cognitive Psychology.
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