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A Brief History of Modern Psychology Hardcover – June 23, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1405132053 ISBN-10: 1405132051 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405132051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405132053
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From a renowned historian and teacher of psychology comes what psychology students will welcome - a crisp and beautifully crafted history of their discipline, replete with fascinating stories of the people who shaped it and whose shoulders we now stand upon." David G. Myers, Hope College


"A Brief History of Modern Psychology will itself become part of the history of modern psychology. It is a classic work by one of the most distinguished living historians of psychology. Anyone who wishes to understand how the field of psychology has reached its present state should read this book." Robert J. Sternberg, Tufts University


"This book offers exciting new analyses of such diverse topics as G. Stanley Hall’s genetic psychology, the 19th-century ‘public psychologies’ of phrenology and mesmerism, and the late-20th-century emergence of a psychology of social action. A Brief History of Modern Psychology provides a stimulating new resource that will inspire 21st-century psychology students’ interest in their science’s past. " Michael M. Sokal, Founding Editor, History of Psychology

"The Behaviorism chapter was the best historical introduction that I can remember reading — just what historical writing should be." Wesley G. Morgan, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee

“The reader is guided through over a century of psychology in less than three hundred pages, yet the experience is never a taxing one. Both the precision and the conciseness of the book will undoubtedly make it appealing for undergraduate course work.” ISIS

“Conversational and…quite readable…easy to study from and deliver[s] plenty of useful information…would also be ideal for the lay reader for a survey of psychology's history.”
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"From a renowned historian and teacher of psychology comes what psychology students will welcome---a crisp and beautifully crafted history of their discipline, replete with fascinating stories of the people who shaped it and whose shoulders we now stand upon." David G. Myers, Hope College

"A Brief History of Modern Psychology will itself become part of the history of modern psychology. It is a classic work by one of the most distinguished living historians of psychology. Anyone who wishes to understand how the field of psychology has reached its present state should read this book." Robert J. Sternberg, Tufts University

"This book offers exciting new analyses of such diverse topics as G. Stanley Hall's genetic psychology, the 19th-century `public psychologies' of phrenology and mesmerism, and the late-20th-century emergence of a psychology of social action. A Brief History of Modern Psychology provides a stimulating new resource that will inspire 21st-century psychology students' interest in their science's past. " Michael M. Sokal, Founding Editor, History of Psychology

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Reading this for my History of Psych class was actually enjoyable.
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It does a good job of explaining the evolution of the science throughout the book and focuses on specific areas in each chapter.
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There's lots of context in this book and it's written in a way to keep you interested.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
At just a little over 200 pages, this is indeed brief. Nevertheless, it does a good job of organizing the material. It starts at the beginning of the birth of "true" psychology with Wundt while touching upon the pseudosciences of phrenology and physiognomy. It does a good job of explaining the evolution of the science throughout the book and focuses on specific areas in each chapter. However, I would have liked it if the author had delved into psychoanalysis just a bit more, owing to the fact that the field has influenced pop psychology more than any other field and therefore most people reading this book have that kind of background.

Overall, this is a good read, but probably not worth the purchase price for its really just being an overview. You might do better paying a little extra for an old edition of a textbook and reading that, because it covers about the same material, only more indepth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Kristiansen on August 2, 2010
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Reading this for my History of Psych class was actually enjoyable. Ludy Benjamin writes well, in clear terms, and has a sense of humor. Hated the class - LOVED this book. I wish he would write on some other topics in psychology as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The deadbeat Lebowski-- on December 14, 2012
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It is a short book that does not go into detail to the degree someone who wants anything more than only a superficial understanding of the history of psychology might want. There are a number of books out there, but most are not all that great. This one moves quickly and keeps the reader engaged. It provides a concise history and can quickly impart a larger understanding of how the field came to be what it is today.

For a more in-depth history of Psychology, I preferred "A History of Modern Psychology" by Duane P. Schultz and Sydney Ellen Schultz. It is a much more thorough investigation of the history of modern psychology, but not brief!

http://www.amazon.com/History-Modern-Psychology-Duane-Schultz/dp/0495097993/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355474702&sr=8-1&keywords=A+modern+history+of+psychology
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HARBINGER on November 7, 2008
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THIS IS A FINE SHORT BOOK ON RECENT PSYCHOLOGY. IT IS WELL WRITTEN AND EASILY READ. BENJAMIN HITS UPON THE MAIN POINTS AND AREAS OF PSYCHOLOGY IN THE "MODERN" ERA. THE SECTION EXPLAINING FREUD'S THEORIES AND THE LATER PART OF THE BOOK DEALING WITH BEHAVIOR, COGNITION, AND AREAS OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY ARE VERY WELL DONE. I AM A SCHOOL PSYCHOMETRIST AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ANYONE WANTING A SHORT TAKE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY IN THE PAST 150 YEARS OR SO.
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