A History of Psychology: Globalization, Ideas, and Applications

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Global, interdisciplinary, and engaging, this textbook integrates materials from philosophical and biological origins to the historical development of psychology. Its extensive coverage of women, minorities, and psychologists around the world emphasizes psychology as a global phenomenon while looking at both local and worldwide issues. This perspective highlights the relationship between psychology and the environmental context in which the discipline developed. In tracing psychology from its origins in early civilizations, ancient philosophy, and religions to modern science, technology, and applications, this book integrates overarching psychological principles and ideas that have shaped the global history of psychology, keeping an eye toward the future of psychology. Updated and revised throughout, this new edition also includes a new chapter on clinical psychology.


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Global Forces
The American Approach
Nature of History and Methods of Study
Biological Foundations of Psychology
Phrenology Mesmerism and Hypnosis
Gestalt Psychology
Continuing Developments
Women in the History of Psychology
Ethnic Diversity in American Psychology
Psychology in Russia
Psychology in China
Latin America South Africa

Voluntarism and Structuralism
Gestalt Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Name Index
Subject Index

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Robert B. Lawson is Professor Emeritus of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate level History of Psychology for the past 40 years. He also served in many academic administrative roles at the University of Vermont and elsewhere, which included Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College. He is the author of four psychology textbooks.

E. Doris Anderson is a lecturer at the University of Vermont’s Master of Public Administration Program and systems development and mediation consultant for A&L Associates. She has experience in psychiatric nursing and work with public and nonprofit organizations. She is co-author of Psychology and Systems at Work (2013).

Antonio Cepeda-Benito is a Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont. His research connects the disciplines of behavioral neuroscience and clinical psychology to investigate drug addiction and eating disorders. He has been awarded the Texas A&M Academic Inspiration Award for teaching, Texas A&M Provost Outstanding Individual Achievement Diversity Award, and National Hispanic Science Network Excellence Awards for Public Service and for Mentoring.

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