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A market leader for over 30 years, A HISTORY OF MODERN PSYCHOLOGY has been praised for its comprehensive coverage and biographical approach. Focusing on modern psychology, the text's coverage begins with the late 19th century. The authors personalize the history of psychology not only by using biographical information on influential theorists, but also by showing how the major events in the theorists' lives affected their ideas, approaches, and methods. Substantial updates in the eleventh edition include discussions of the latest developments in positive psychology; the increasing role of brain science in psychology; the return of Freud's anal personality; Ada Lovelace, the virgin "Bride of Science"; the interpretation of dreams by computers; the use of Coca Cola as a "nerve tonic," and many other topics. The result is a text that is as timely and relevant today as it was when it was first introduced.
- A thorough update of all subject areas includes nearly 180 new references, some as recent as 2014.
- New topics include current developments in positive psychology, the increasing role of brain science in psychology, multimedia classroom presentations in psychology -- 100 years ago, psychology's role in training the bat bombers of World War II, the search for Little Albert, asylum tourism, and the use of Coca Cola as a "nerve tonic."
- This edition presents new material on the interpretation of dreams by computers, whether our thinking can affect someone else's brain, happiness across cultures, ethnic differences in how students perceive their psychology course, and the relationship between 17th-century mechanical figures and today's robots.
- New biographical material is presented on Alexander Volta, Ada Lovelace (the virgin "Bride of Science"), Sigmund Freud (whose 1500 love letters have been published), James McKeen Cattell (whose home was raided by the FBI), John B. Watson (who was haunted by depression), and Martin Seligman (with discussion of his "flourish" movement).
- Original primary source excerpts are featured in the book to eliminate the need for outside readings -- providing extra value for students.
- Coverage of new topics in cognitive psychology includes embedded cognition, cognitive neuroscience, neuroprosthetics, evolutionary psychology, animal personality and intelligence, artificial intelligence, and unconscious cognition.
- Reviewers praise the authors' ability to tell the history of psychology in a way that avoids dry narrative. In part, this is because they personalize the content by showing students how events in the lives of influential theorists and researchers affected the theorists' ideas, approaches, and methods.
- Each chapter opens with a "teaser" narrative built around a person or event that introduces the major theme of the chapter, conveying to students that history is about real people and real situations. Topics include the 1909 drug bust against the "deadly" substance caffeine, and Priscilla the Fastidious Pig, who beat B.F. Skinner at a game of tic-tac-toe.
- The In Their Own Words sections provide original writings by the key figures in the history of psychology, presenting in each theorist's distinctive personal style (and the style of the times) a unique perspective on psychology's methods, problems, and goals.
- Pedagogical features include discussion questions, which form the basis for writing assignments, and running margin glossaries and chapter opening outlines that help with chapter review.
1. The Study of the History of Psychology.
2. Philosophical Influences on Psychology.
3. Physiological Influences on Psychology.
4. The New Psychology.
6. Functionalism: Antecedent Influences.
7. Functionalism: Development and Founding.
8. Applied Psychology: The Legacy of Functionalism.
9. Behaviorism: Antecedent Influences.
10. Behaviorism: The Beginnings.
11. Behaviorism: After the Founding.
12. Gestalt Psychology.
13. Psychoanalysis: The Beginnings.
14. Psychoanalysis: After the Founding.
15. Contemporary Developments in Psychology.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
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