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A History of Modern Psychology
The Quest for a Science of the Mind

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January 2020 | 476 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
“Ludden’s text is a breath of fresh air, enabling students of all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in well-researched and humanized portrayals of the pioneers of the field, working within the context from which psychological science has emerged.”
—Cynthia A. Edwards, Meredith College

A History of Modern Psychology: The Quest for a Science of the Mind presents a history of psychology up to the turn of the 21st century. Author David C. Ludden, Jr. uses a topical approach to discuss key thinkers and breakthroughs within the context of various schools of thought, allowing students to see how philosophers, researchers, and academics influenced one another to create the rich and diverse landscape of modern psychology. Through detailed timelines, Looking Back and Looking Ahead sections, the book provides connections between movements and gives students a deeper appreciation for the transference of knowledge that has shaped the field.

 
Part 1: Precursors to Modern Psychology
 
Chapter 1: Philosophical Roots of Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Classical Period

 
Medieval Period

 
Modern Period: Continental Rationalism

 
Modern Period: British Empiricism

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 2: Nineteenth Century Foundations
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Charles Darwin

 
Francis Galton

 
Psychophysics

 
Early Experimental Psychology

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Part 2: Early Schools of Psychology
 
Chapter 3: Structuralism
Timeline

 
Learning Obejctives

 
Looking Back

 
Wilhelm Wundt

 
Wundt's Students

 
Edward Titchener

 
Titchener's Students

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 4: Functionalism
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Harvard School

 
Clark School

 
Chicago School

 
Columbia School

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 5: Behaviorism
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Methodological Behaviorism

 
Neo-Behaviorism

 
Radical Behaviorism

 
Behaviorism in Transition

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 6: Gestalt Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Forerunners of Gestalt Psychology

 
Berlin School

 
Kurt Lewin and his Students

 
Fritz Heider

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 7: Psychoanalysis
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Sigmund Freud

 
First Generation

 
Second Generation

 
Anna Freud

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 8: French Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Hysteria and Hypnosis

 
Alfred Binet

 
Jean Piaget

 
Piaget's Students

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 9: Soviet Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Ivan Pavlov to Vygotsky

 
Lev Vygotsky

 
Alexander Luria

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Part 3: Modern Disciplines of Psychology
 
Chapter 10: Physiological and Comparative Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Brain and Behavior

 
Brain and Mind

 
Nature of Love

 
Ethology: Konrad Lorenz and Nikolaas Tinbergen

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 11: Cognitive Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Early Approaches

 
Cognitive Revolution

 
Ecological and Social Approaches

 
Judgment and Decision Making

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 12: Social Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Social Influence

 
Social Cognition

 
Social Perception

 
Social Relations

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 13: Developmental Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Attachment

 
Social Learning

 
Nature and Nurture

 
Social Development

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 14: Personality Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Trait Approach

 
Dynamic Approach

 
Factor Approach

 
Social Cognitive Approach

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 15: Humanistic Psychology
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Carl Rogers

 
Abraham Maslow

 
Human Development

 
Positive Psychology

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 
 
Chapter 16: Neuroscience
Timeline

 
Learning Objectives

 
Looking Back

 
Behavioral Neuroscience

 
Cognitive Neuroscience

 
Affective Neuroscience

 
Neuroscience: The Future or the End of Psychology?

 
Looking Ahead

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
On the Web

 

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

The instructor resource site supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students with:

  • a password-protected site for complete and protected access to all text-specific instructor resources; 
  • test banks that provide a diverse range of ready-to-use options that save you time. You can also easily edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions;
  • multimedia resources that direct students to video and websites that help explain the history of psychology and how developments fit in context with world events.
  • sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses that provide suggested models for structuring your courses;
  • editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course;
  • lecture notes that summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • A student-friendly writing style makes the material accessible and enjoyable for readers.
  • Chapter learning objectives clearly identify expected outcomes for students after completing readings.
  • Timelines at the beginning of each chapter help students situate developments in psychology within the context of world events.
  • Chapter-ending discussion questions provide a basis for class discussions and encourage students to think critically.
  • Chapter summaries help students review the material to reinforce learning.
  • On the Web sections at the end of chapters direct students to resources online for further exploration of chapter content.
  • A Concept Glossary and Person Glossary allow students to easily look up important concepts and figures discussed.

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