An Introduction to the History of Psychology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-11
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Dreams puzzled early man, Greek philosophers spun elaborate theories to explain human memory and perception, Descartes postulated that the brain was filled with "animal spirits," and psychology was officially deemed a "science" in the 19th century. In this Fifth Edition, B.R. Hergenhahn demonstrates that most of the concerns of contemporary psychologists are manifestations of themes that have been part of psychology for hundreds-or even thousands-of years. The book's numerous photographs and pedagogical devices, along with its biographical material on key figures in psychology, will engage you and facilitate your understanding of each chapter.

Table of Contents

The Early Greek Philosophers
After Aristotle: A Search for the Good Life
The Beginnings of Modern Science and Philosophy
Empiricism, Sensationalism, and Positivism
Romanticism and Existentialism
Early Developments in Physiology and the Rise of Experimental Psychology
Voluntarism, Structuralism, and Other Early Approaches to Psychology
The Darwinian Influence and the Rise of Mental Testing
Gestalt Psychology
Early Diagnosis, Explanation, and Treatment of Mental Illness
Early Alternatives to Psychoanalysis
Humanistic (Third-Force) Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Contemporary Psychology
Appendix: Significant Individuals and Events in the History of Psychology
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