A Brief History of Psychology

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 10/27/2011
  • Publisher: Psychology Pres

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This brief, inexpensive text, offers the utmost in flexibility in teaching the history of psychology. Used as a stand-alone text or with readers, this engaging book is noted for its analysis of the scientific and philosophical emergence of the field. Readers appreciate the book "s balanced coverage of experimental, applied, and clinical psychology, as well as the clear and succinct presentation of the field "s major events and schools of thought. This edition features an expanded pedagogical program with bolded terms, a complete glossary, and more illustrations and web-based instructional materials including Power Points, a test bank, discussion questions, and more. Extensively updated throughout, this edition features: A new final chapter with a current analysis of the state of the field including the growth of specialized organizations that promote the science of psychology and the push to influence policies that address global challenges such as environmental sustainability, health disparities, the population explosion, and intergroup conflict. A discussion of the growth in the number and role of women in psychology and the promotion of diversity initiatives related to ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation. Recent developments in the growth of neuroscience, cognitive science, and behavioral economics, and the diversification of professional psychology. Profiles of individuals who have had a recent impact on the field including Martin Seligman (positive psychology), Daniel Kahnemann (decision making), Rudolf Arnheim (the psychology of art), Jane Goodall (animal behavior), and Florence Denmark (international psychology and the psychology of women). Recent changes in the practice of psychology including more emphasis on "evidence-based practice," prescription privileges, and the application of psychological principles to industrial and engineering psychology. The growth of global psychological societies and how international psychologists draw on their countries " resources to fashion psychology to fit the needs of their culture. Recent changes in the APA including new divisions and new elected officials. Used independently or as a supplement with readers, this brief text is intended for undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of psychology. Due to its brevity and engaging style, the book is often used in introductory courses to introduce students to the field.

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