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History of Psychology, A: From Antiquity to Modernity, 7th Edition

By Thomas H. Leahey

Published by Pearson Education Canada

Published Date: Jul 2, 2012

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Provides a narrative history of psychology.


A History of Psychology: From Antiquity to Modernity begins tracking psychology from the development of folk psychology as the key adaptation of humans at the dawn of history. It then traces the Classical, medieval, and early modern periods to present day psychology. The text covers scientific, applied, and professional psychology.


Although theoretical and empirical arguments inside psychology about the nature of mind and behavior are not neglected, A History of Psychology shows how psychology’s development has been shaped by social, economic, and political forces external to it, and, in turn, how the mature psychology of the late 20th century has begun to shape the society in which it arose. The text carefully examines how issues in psychology reflect and affect concepts that lie outside the technical concerns of psychology as a science and profession. 



Learning Goals

Upon completing this text, readers will be able to:

  • Know the events in the history of scientific, applied, and professional psychology
  • Understand how psychology’s development was shaped by external forces
  • Describe how psychology has and continues to shape society

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Table of Contents

Introductory Essay


Chapter 1: Science, History, and Psychology


Unit I. Background.

Chapter 2: The Legacy of Ancient Greece EEA - 323 BCE

Chapter 3: Antiquity 323 BCE – 1000 CE

Unit I Bibliography


Unit II. Constructing the Modern World.

Chapter 4: The Premodern world 1000 CE - 1600

Chapter 5: The Scientific Revolution 1600 - 1700

Chapter 6: The Enlightenment 1700 - 1815

Chapter 7: The Ascent of Science 1815 – 1914

Unit II Bibliography


Unit III. Founding Psychology

Chapter 8: The Psychology of Consciousness

Chapter 9: The Psychology of the Unconscious

Chapter 10: The Psychology of Adaptation


Unit IV. Psychological Science in the Modern World

Chapter 11: Behaviorism 1892-1956

Chapter 12: Cognitive Science 1956 – 2000

Unit IV Bibliography


Unit V. Applied Psychology in the Modern World

Chapter 13: The Rise of Applied Psychology 1892-1939

Chapter 14: The Psychological Society 1940-2000

Unit V Bibliography


Concluding Thoughts

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ISBN-10: 0-13-243849-6

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-243849-0

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