Higher Education

An Introduction to the History of Psychology, 7th Edition

  • B. R. Hergenhahn Hamline University, Professor Emeritus
  • Tracy Henley
  • ISBN-10: 1133958095  |  ISBN-13: 9781133958093
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2001
  • © 2014 | Published
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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 the Seventh Edition of AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY, Hergenhahn and Henley demonstrate 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. This comprehensive 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. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • This book differentiates itself from other texts through comprehensive scholarship and extensive coverage of psychology's philosophical heritage, treatment of romanticism and existentialism, thorough coverage of the influence of evolutionary theory on psychology, and the inclusion of a chapter about the early diagnosis, explanation, and treatment of mental illness (Chapter 15).
  • The text begins with a summary of the questions psychologists are asking today, and goes on to show how those questions date back to early Greek philosophy.
  • In-depth discussions of empiricism, rationalism, positivism, romanticism, and existentialism are presented in a way that students will find both relevant and interesting.
  • The authors discuss the influence of religion on psychology, as well as the events that freed inquiry from religious dogma.
  • A timeline on the book's endpapers presents the entire history of psychology, putting important individuals and ideas in historical context.
  • Chapter summaries, discussion questions, end-of-chapter glossaries, suggestions for further reading, and a Book Companion Website facilitate study and review.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Ancient Greece.
3. Rome and the Middle Ages.
4. Renaissance Science and Philosophy.
5. Empiricism, Sensationalism, and Positivism.
6. Rationalism.
7. Romanticism and Existentialism.
8. Physiology and Psychophysics.
9. Early Approaches to Psychology.
10. Evolution and Individual Differences.
11. American Psychology and Functionalism.
12. Behaviorism.
13. Neobehaviorism.
14. Gestalt Psychology.
15. Early Considerations of Mental Illness.
16. Psychoanalysis.
17. Humanistic (Third-Force) Psychology.
18. Psychobiology.
19. Cognitive Psychology.
20. Psychology Today.

What's New

  • While maintaining its comprehensive topic coverage and smooth narrative flow, this edition has been honed and "tightened," resulting in fewer pages in most chapters.
  • New topics include modern IQ testing (Wechsler) and psychometric contributions; the influences of Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, and Camus on humanistic psychology; early women in science and academia; and many others.
  • Chapters 16 and 17 from the previous edition (on psychoanalysis and early alternatives to psychoanalysis) are now combined, with expanded coverage on Erickson and other developmental matters. As a result, Chapters 18 through 21 in the previous edition now appear as Chapters 17 through 20: "Humanistic (Third-Force) Psychology," "Psychobiology," "Cognitive Psychology," and "Psychology Today."
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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133958087 | ISBN-13: 9781133958086)

The Instructor's Manual with Test Bank contains a variety of chapter-by-chapter resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs.

Online PowerPoint® Lecture Slides  (ISBN-10: 1133958060 | ISBN-13: 9781133958062)

These Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

B. R. Hergenhahn

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.

Tracy Henley

Tracy Henley earned his Psychology Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, where he co-edited his first book, REFLECTIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY: WILLIAM JAMES AFTER A CENTURY. He also co-authored THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE and CONNECTIONS IN THE HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY; has authored more than 60 publications in the areas of history, methods, psycholinguistics, and social cognition; and has worked on numerous federal research grants. Dr. Henley spent 13 years on the faculty at Mississippi State University, teaching and conducting research in philosophy and psychology. In 2001, he spent his first sabbatical working for a computer games company, and still dabbles in game design. In 2003, he accepted the position of Head of the Department of Psychology and Special Education at Texas A & M University-Commerce. Currently, he serves as Director of Grants and Research for the College of Education and Human Services. In 2012, he also served as President of the Southwestern Psychological Association.