An Introduction to the History of Psychology

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Cengage Learning, Mar 11, 2008 - Education - 728 pages
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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, engage students and facilitate their understanding of each chapter
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This is one if the most fundamental history books for psychology. Not only does this book capture the essence of the pioneers, the time in which the pioneers worked and the emotion associated with these periods of great historic development, the book also takes the reader into the realm of ontology and epistemology.
For all psychologists who have not yet taken a stance in terms of these ontological and epistemological elements this book is highly recommended.

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About the author (2008)

A former chair of Hamline's psychology department at Hamline University, Dr. Hergenhahn has been awarded for excellence in teaching, has authored several widely adopted textbooks and numerous journal articles.

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