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The successes and failures of these distinguished psychologists provide a thorough and complete history of the field and show students its relevance to contemporary psychology. Hothersall has captured a unique balance between the concepts and the personalities key to the history and systems of psychology. While his work is used as a text in many undergraduate programs, Dr. Hothersall is an eminently readable author.
This book will keep anyone with an interest in psychology interested. He not only provides the facts, but the story behind the facts. For example, we find not just the story of how J.
Watson formulated the first popular theories on behaviorism which influenced young B. Skinner but we find out some early childhood experiences that may have encouraged his break with "traditional" psychology.
And, Dr. This book is filled with the stories that make psychology unique. This was my textbook for a graduate course in the history of psychology. I hate history, typically. I recommend this to professors looking to teach a history course as well as people who are interested in the history of psychology but want something they can almost read like a novel. I came into the field knowing relatively nothing, having only had the intro.
I found this book very informative and easy to understand. I especially enjoyed the background stories Hothersall gave on the people, finding that this made the people more human. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is really good. Brilliant treatment of the topic! Soriano on Dec 03, This was the textbook I used for my history and systems in psychology class with Dr.
Hothersall yes, he taught the course as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the philosophical antecedents that led to the development of the various schools of psychology. Very interesting information about how psychology started. Jones on Feb 13, I gave this seller a 5 star transaction. I was looking for a book that would supplement the e-version of another book in the same subject area. This book had all the pertinent theorists needed to study for my course. The book arrived to me quickly and in good condition!
Minimal highlighting, cover in good condition and book in overall good condition. Great transaction. How much detail the author obtain to give a historic background to psychology being a historian, not a presentist.
Even goes back to ancient philosophy to explain the long past of psychology. Great historical review of philosophy and psychology By Boris on Oct 26, As a doctoral-level text for psychological studies, this book does a great job of covering historical figures and ideas in a succinct way and linking them to contemporary knowledge and ideas. The bookseller had a hardcover version, my preference, for an attractive price. I ordered. The book arrived.
What, after all, could have happened in my fields of science in the last thirty years about which I did not already have solid background information? I began my read with enthusiasm. I was not disappointed. Hothersall obviously worked from a timeline, although he does not present it to us, and chose key names from that timeline … illustrating the growth of philosophy and psychology, psychology emerging from philosophy when psychology turned to empirical thoughts and studies.
Hothersall picks key individuals and presents their biographies, their contributions, and their connections to others. Hothersall includes the cul de sacs of thought like phrenology and eugenics. Individual differences and the measurement of those characteristics won attention from Galton, Binet, Munsterberg, Terman, and Cattell in the twentieth century.
The structure of the human mind and psychodynamics were explored by Tichener and by Freud. The physiologists extended the understanding of the brain and neural system.
Hothersall writes in an engaging way, shows sparks of humor, displays important streams of human concern. I enjoyed the read and very much appreciated the information I was reviewing or seeing for the first time. Stepping beyond the individual, in this traditional view, is stepping into another field of science. Thus his history makes no connection to social groups as through social psychology, sociology, economics, political science, or business management.
It seldom gets beyond the laboratory in its search for data and so omits seeing factor analysis or multiple regression and their means for gaining insight into complex influences on personality, life history, or decision making.
It has no historical insight into the development of human behavior as it might gain through anthropology and archaeology see especially Pinker, , for a more complete insight into the historical development of human behavior. If you were to inquire of the approaching , members of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society today, overlooking for the moment the Canadian Psychological Association, the British Psychological Association, etc.
Having read Hothersall, one has the impression that empirically-based psychology came into being in Europe and has flowered in the United States. The rest of the world knows nothing about psychology. I doubt that this is a valid perspective. What is available in this history is very interesting, well worth reading for the professional psychologist, but, in my view, is an inadequate introduction to psychology and its direction of maturation for the young person at the time that person is entering graduate studies.
The student needs to have the whole field of psychology described along with the related fields of behavioral and management sciences and how they got to be the way they are.
Given that there are now four editions, apparently the history sells well. Ross All rights reserved. Old in fact. Definitely buying new new next time. Great undergraduate textbook. Stewart on Mar 03, Well, i used this book for my History and Systems of Psyc class and i found it to be extremely boring and drawn-out. It just seemed like everything in it, i had heard about before, but the book managed to make it even more boring than the first time i heard about the research!
Then again, it was my last semester and nothing i read that semester truly satisfied me, so it could just be me! This particular edition is in a Paperback format. It was published by McGraw-Hill Education and has a total of pages in the book.
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