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History and Systems of Psychology

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  • Date Published: November 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316630990

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  • History and Systems of Psychology provides an engaging introduction to the rich story of psychology's past. Retaining the clarity and accessibility praised by readers of earlier editions, this classic textbook provides a chronological history of psychology from the pre-Socratic Greeks to contemporary systems, research, and applications. The new edition also features expanded coverage of Eastern as well as Western traditions, influential women in psychology, professional psychology in clinical, educational, and social settings, and new directions in twenty-first century psychology as a cognitive and a positive science. Assuming little prerequisite knowledge, the authors discuss the people, places, and concepts that have shaped psychology's story, and show that we remain fascinated by the same enduring questions that confronted our ancestors - namely, our wonder at our subjectivity and consciousness of self. The seventh edition is fully supported by robust pedagogical features, instructor resources, and a companion website to aid student learning.

    • Written in an engaging writing style to provide a comprehensive yet accessible overview of ancient and modern psychology
    • Photographs, maps, tables, and timelines are featured throughout the text to illustrate people and events within the contexts of political and social change
    • Pedagogical features include chapter outlines and summaries, end-of-chapter discussion questions, and a glossary of key terms
    • A companion website with rich supplementary resources includes PowerPoint lecture slides, instructor's manual with chapter test banks, links to audiovisual online resources, student study guides, and primary source reading links
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    'The content of this work is deftly organized around intellectual traditions within psychology that have deep historical roots. The prose is scholarly yet engaging, nicely supplemented by maps and photos, and the book’s pedagogical support features will be welcomed by students and instructors alike. The book’s content also lends itself nicely to partitioning in accordance with different instructors' varying coverage objectives.' James T. Lamiell, former President of the Society for the History of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

    'This text is beautifully written and wonderfully readable, accessible to undergraduates. The authors create a sense of excitement about the field of psychology; at the same time, they bring alive the foundational questions about humans that have preoccupied psychologists through the ages. Importantly, they address influences of non-Western thought on the history of psychology.' Sheree Dukes Conrad, University of Massachusetts, Boston

    'This new edition carries on with the same quality as previous editions. The text is written at a level that works well for undergraduate students. The book starts with the ancient Greeks and Romans instead of focusing purely on the schools of thought that arose from the late nineteenth century and onward. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in how the ideas central to psychology have been considered and developed over time.' Tom Reiner, Troy University, Alabama

    'I have used the text in my graduate classes for nearly twenty years. I am excited to see that the new edition has continued in the tradition of excellence by providing the reader with a comprehensive overview of the past, present and future of psychology. This is a must-read for any undergraduate/graduate course of study.' Thomas Massarelli, Seton Hall University, New Jersey

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    Product details

    • Edition: 7th Edition
    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316630990
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 11 maps 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Past for present: psychology in search of a paradigm
    2. Psychology in the ancient and classical east
    3. Psychological foundations in ancient Greece
    4. From classical Rome to the early middle ages
    5. The reawakening of intellectual life in the Middle Ages
    6. The Renaissance
    7. The emergence of modern science
    8. Sensationalism and positivism: the French tradition
    9. Mental passivity: the British tradition
    10. Mental activity: the German tradition
    11. Romanticism and existentialism in the nineteenth century
    12. Nineteenth century bases of psychology
    13. The founding of modern psychology
    14. American functionalism
    15. The Gestalt movement
    16. Psychoanalysis
    17. Behaviorism
    18. The third force movement
    19. Cognitive psychology
    20. Contemporary psychology
    Name index
    Subject index.

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    James F. Brennan, Keith A. Houde

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    James F. Brennan, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
    James F. Brennan served seven years as Provost of the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, rejoining the faculty as Professor of Psychology in 2014. He has held academic, administrative and faculty positions at a number of universities, continuing a program of empirical research focused on drug actions in hearing pathologies. His interest in psychology's history stems from his doctoral minor concentration, mainly through Kent State University's School of Library Sciences.

    Keith A. Houde, Ave Maria University, Florida
    Keith A. Houde is Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ave Maria University, Florida. He previously worked as Clinical Psychologist within a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Maine, including service as Psychology Training Director for a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship program. With an academic background in psychology and theology, his interest in the history of psychology flows from a fascination with theories of human nature throughout the history of thought.

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