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History and Systems of Psychology

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History and Systems of Psychology provides an engaging introduction to the rich story of psychology's past. Retaining the clarity and accessibility praised by readers of earlier editions, this classic textbook provides a chronological history of psychology from the pre-Socratic Greeks to contemporary systems, research, and applications. The new edition also features expanded coverage of Eastern as well as Western traditions, influential women in psychology, professional psychology in clinical, educational, and social settings, and new directions in twenty-first century psychology as a cognitive and a positive science. Assuming little prerequisite knowledge, the authors discuss the people, places, and concepts that have shaped psychology's story, and show that we remain fascinated by the same enduring questions that confronted our ancestors - namely, our wonder at our subjectivity and consciousness of self. The seventh edition is fully supported by robust pedagogical features, instructor resources, and a companion website to aid student learning.


'The content of this work is deftly organized around intellectual traditions within psychology that have deep historical roots. The prose is scholarly yet engaging, nicely supplemented by maps and photos, and the book’s pedagogical support features will be welcomed by students and instructors alike. The book’s content also lends itself nicely to partitioning in accordance with different instructors' varying coverage objectives.'

James T. Lamiell - former President of the Society for the History of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

'This text is beautifully written and wonderfully readable, accessible to undergraduates. The authors create a sense of excitement about the field of psychology; at the same time, they bring alive the foundational questions about humans that have preoccupied psychologists through the ages. Importantly, they address influences of non-Western thought on the history of psychology.'

Sheree Dukes Conrad - University of Massachusetts, Boston

'This new edition carries on with the same quality as previous editions. The text is written at a level that works well for undergraduate students. The book starts with the ancient Greeks and Romans instead of focusing purely on the schools of thought that arose from the late nineteenth century and onward. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in how the ideas central to psychology have been considered and developed over time.'

Tom Reiner - Troy University, Alabama

'I have used the text in my graduate classes for nearly twenty years. I am excited to see that the new edition has continued in the tradition of excellence by providing the reader with a comprehensive overview of the past, present and future of psychology. This is a must-read for any undergraduate/graduate course of study.'

Thomas Massarelli - Seton Hall University, New Jersey

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