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A Brief History of Modern Psychology, 2nd Edition

Ludy T. Benjamin Jr.

ISBN: 978-1-118-80369-1 January 2014 272 Pages

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In A Brief History of Modern Psychology 2nd Edition, 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. In the Second Edition, personality, social, and developmental psychology are expanded upon, providing balanced coverage of these three topics.

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List of Illustrations ix

Preface x

1 Pre-Scientific Psychology 1

2 Physiology, Psychophysics, and the Science of Mind 20

3 Germany and the Birth of a New Science 38

4 Origins of Scientific Psychology in America 58

5 The Early Schools of American Psychology 77

6 The Birth of the New Applied Psychology in America 98

7 Psychoanalysis 118

8 Behaviorism 139

9 The New Profession of Psychology 160

10 A Psychology of Social Action and Social Change 182

11 Cognitive Psychology 203

Epilogue 224

References 229

Index 244

  • Much new material has been added to this edition, reflecting the growing scholarship on the history of psychology and related fields. 
  • To accommodate these additions and still keep the book in its brief form, the amount of biographical coverage have been reduced. However, the biographical content necessary to provide context to understanding the theories, research, and practices described in this book has been maintained.
  • 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”)