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ISBN-13: 978-0495506218 ISBN-10: 0495506214 Edition: 6th

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  • Series: PSY 310 History and Systems of Psychology
  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495506214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495506218
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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It is well written and easy to follow.
Mel
There are NO side blurbs to brighten things up, and the font size is maybe 12 and serif, rather than san serif making it less appealing to the eye.
DLynK47
He simply makes the negative assertion that we can't think of a greater being.
jacob

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 22, 2012
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This text was used in a graduate-level History of Psychology course. I found it to be highly readable. Many of the stories here are interesting, and many ideas are thrown around. As someone who was not super familiar with philosophy, these ideas served to be interesting if a bit brief. Unfortunately, this book tries to cover the history of ideas from ancient Greece to modern times, and when something like positivism can fill its own textbook, corners are cut and concepts are simplified. With that said, this book doesn't do a terrible job of summarizing these turning points in science in a conversational and easy way.

As a textbook, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY too often repeats its formula: here's a time in history, here are individual people that wrote things during this time, here's a turning point, and here's the shift of this paradigm. Rinse and repeat. Bias is also present here; the chapter on Freud and Psychoanalysis feels overcritical (compared to how other controversial figures are treated). The ending chapter on modern psychology consists of little more than statistics of the American Psychological Association.

At its best, this book is easy and fun to read, but at its worse, it is an assortment of loosely related anecdotes. I would recommend this to psychology students who have an interest in the history of their field of study, but I don't know if I would have it required for a class.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jacob on July 16, 2013
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I'm very disappointed about this guy's ability to rightly characterize many of the positions held by prominent intellectuals. I'll just give you a few examples:

On p. 16
"Psychologists who... believe that there are causes specific causes of behavior but that they cannot be accurately known. Such a position is called indeterminism."

What!? That's not what indeterminism is at all! Indeterminism is simply the negation of determinism. The idea is that some events are not completely determined by prior causes, and thus even if all the prior causes were completely known, the outcome couldn't be predicted with complete accuracy.

On the same page, he goes on to characterize a position he calls "nondeterminism" as a position that psychologists "usually working within either a humanistic or an existential paradigm," hold, and is the belief "that the most important causes of behavior are self-generated," and thus "for this group, behavior is freely chosen and thus independent of physical or psychological causes." He then goes on to say that because this view denies determinism, it is not scientific.

What!? Where in the heck does this word "nondeterminism" come from? I personally have never heard it, so I did a google search and philosophypapers.com search and couldn't find the word used in any way like how he wants to use it. Second, no psychologist would say that behavior is chosen completely independently of physical and psychological causes. Even the most staunch believer in free choice believes that the person is largely influenced by physical and psychological causes. Third... the guy is simply trying to characterize a view that is *indeterministic* and includes something like an agent-based conception of libertarian freedom.
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By Kierei B. on December 30, 2013
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This text was very informative and I found myself learning more than enough information about important psychologist, events in history related to the field, and the ever evolving field. So much information was provided I felt like I was ofte over prepared for classes /exams. Great text.
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This book was required by my online class. It was an interesting read which provided me with sufficient knowledge and help for my class. I benefited from reading it.
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By Robsy on March 12, 2014
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While the subject is very interesting, it is written in a dry stile that makes it hard to focus on. There is a lot of information packed into a small book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DLynK47 on July 27, 2013
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OMGOSH! This book has to be just about the most boring ever - the layout is far more scholarly with VERY few pictures and then only in b&w - of the early philosophers, etc. There are NO side blurbs to brighten things up, and the font size is maybe 12 and serif, rather than san serif making it less appealing to the eye.

It's working for what I have to have it for I guess. I don't recall the specific description of the condition, but the binding is apart in the first 7 pages - everything else is together good and secure with only a few corner scuffs to the cover. The book arrived on time, which was a Godsend for sure. We had 7..... yes, SEVEN chapters to read this first week! That's 229 pages in this baby!

I guess I would think there has to be a more friendly version of the material - otherwise, it's what was required - so I bought it. :)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ann Hounshell on August 12, 2013
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I needed this book because I am a college student and as we all know textbooks are terribly expensive. Well, I got this book in brand new excellent condition at an absolutely, off the wall reasonable price! It's places such as this that sure makes being a college student a heck of a lot easier.

Thanks, I will certainly purchase from you again if I ever have the opportunity.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel on March 11, 2012
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I ordered this textbook for a class at Missouri State University. It is a well written textbook, although I would not read it by choice if I wasn't obligated to because of school. It is well written and easy to follow.
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