A Brief History of Modern PsychologyBook - 2007
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.
- 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”)
- Test Bank for instructors with identification, multiple-choice, matching, and essay questions written by Ludy Benjamin available at www.wiley.com/go/benjamin .
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)