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A History of Psychology
A Global Perspective

Second Edition
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History of Psychology

April 2014 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Eric Shiraev provides a fresh, accessible, and global approach to teaching about the history of psychology. Each chapter in A History of Psychology provides a thorough and global view of psychology’s interaction with culture and society in different periods beginning in the ancient times and stretching through the Middle Ages and the modern period to the current millennium. Without reducing the discussion of both contemporary and classic themes and theories, this textbook endorses a more diversified, inclusive approach to psychological knowledge. Constant connections between past and present, a clear and engaging style, along with plentiful examples, visual aids, and critical-thinking questions make this an enjoyable text for students. 

Features: 
 
  • Each chapter begins with a highly engaging vignette or opening case, which features a familiar-to-most-students theme or topic.
  • Global and multicultural emphasis examines the development of psychology from around the world.
  • The text examines contemporary psychology yet does not give short shrift to the roots of psychology.
  • Each chapter contains a section on the impact of psychology on society as well as societal influences on the discipline which includes its influence in various fields such as medicine, education, work, criminal justice, business, advertising, and entertainment.
  • Case In Point boxes give students the opportunity to come to their own conclusions about issues and think critically about biases that may have influenced psychology. 
  • Carefully designed chapter opening timelines place main events, names, and theories in a visual, chronological perspective of psychology’s past and present
  • In their own words boxes display quotes made by famous psychologists and other scholars about psychological research and its applications
  • Checkpoints, chapter summaries and end-of-chapter key terms help students review and prepare for exams

 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. Understanding Psychology's History
Prologue

 
Four Types of Knowledge in Psychology

 
Society and Psychology’s History

 
Historiography of Psychology

 
Understanding the History of Psychology

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
2. Early Psychological Knowledge
Psychological Knowledge at the Beginning of Human Civilization

 
Psychological Knowledge in the Civilization of the Greeks

 
Psychological Knowledge in India and China: An Introduction to Non-Western Tradition in Psychology

 
Psychological Knowledge at the Turn of the First Millennium

 
Further Development of Knowledge in the High Middle Ages (1000–1300s)

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
3. Psychology During Mid-Millenium Transitions
Transitions From the Late 15th to the End of the 18th Century

 
Psychology in Mid-Millennium: What People Knew

 
The Impact of Scholars and Their Theories

 
French Materialism and Enlightenment

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
4. Psychology in the Laboratory
Transitions of the 19th Century

 
Physiology and Philosophy: Two Academic Schools

 
Early Measurements in Psychology

 
First Psychological Laboratories

 
In the Laboratory: Psychology in Search for Own Identity

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
5. Psychology and the Mass Society at the Beginning of the 20th Century
The Social and Cultural Landscape

 
Advances in Natural and Social Sciences and Their Impact on Psychology

 
Psychology as a Scientific Discipline

 
Functionalism: Connecting the Individual and the Social Environment

 
Evolutionary Ideas in Psychology

 
New Fields of Psychology

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
6. Clinical Research and Psychology at the End of the 19th and Beginning of the 20th Century
What People Knew About Mental Illness

 
Social Climate and Psychopathology

 
Understanding Mental Illness

 
Early Attempts at Treatment

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
7. The Birth and Development of the Behaviorist Tradition
The Social Landscape: The Right Time for Behaviorism?

 
Animal Psychology

 
Studies of Reflexes

 
The Behaviorism of John Watson

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
8. The Birth and Development of Psychoanalysis
The Social and Scientific Landscape

 
Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis

 
Early Transitions of Psychoanalysis: Alfred Adler

 
Early Transitions of Psychoanalysis: Carl Jung

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
9. The Paths of Gestalt Psychology
The Social Landscape After the Great War

 
Principles of Gestalt Psychology

 
Advancements of Gestalt Theory

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
10. Theoretical and Applied Psychology After the Great War
Society and Psychology

 
Psychological Testing

 
Psychology of Development and Cognition

 
Personality Theories

 
Early Social Psychology

 
Assessments

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
11. Behaviorism and Psychoanalysis in the Mid-20th Century
Further Development of Behaviorism

 
A Winding Road of Psychoanalysis

 
Assessment of Behaviorism and Psychoanalysis

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
12. Humanistic and Cognitive Psychology
The Social Landscape

 
Humanistic Psychology

 
Cognitive Psychology

 
Conclusion

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
13. Focusing on Contemporary Issues
Lesson 1. Psychology Continues to Address Its “Traditional Themes”

 
Lesson 2. Psychology Welcomes Interdisciplinary Science

 
Lesson 3. Psychology Did Not Abandon Its Established Traditions

 
Lesson 4. Psychology Can Correct Its Past Mistakes

 
Lesson 5. Psychology Remains a Progressive Science

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
 
References
 
Glossary
 
Figure and Photo Credits
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site
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  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Web exercises direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
Student Study Site
Use the Student Study Site to get the most out of your course!
Our Student Study Site at www.sagepub.com/shiraev2e  is completely open-access and offers a wide range of additional features, including something no other publisher offers: SAGE Journal articles!

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.

“The textbook is great in terms of content and the author’s excellent expertise in the field.”

Indre Cuckler
Mountain State University

“[The book] is well done.”

Crystal Harris Blount
Governors State University

The "global perspective" is essential to a true understanding of the history of Psychology, its evolution and developments.

Dr Maria Francisca Rebocho
Psychology, Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique
July 29, 2019

More comprehensive than any single resource I've found for my History and Systems course. I especially appreciate that he incorporates non-Western traditions and influences.

Francesca Parker
Education & Psychology Dept, Pepperdine University
March 19, 2019

We deliver a year 1 (level 4) module on the history of psychology and this book will be very useful.

Miss Claire Marsh
Psychology , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
June 28, 2016

A wide-ranging, inclusive history of psychology - manages to be both thorough and accessible.

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton University
July 1, 2015

As with most history of psychology texts, this one acts like the history of psychology ended pretty much in the middle of the 20th century (1960s, 70s). It treats anything after that as 'looking forward' rather than as part of the history.

Dr Paul Bernhardt
Psychology Dept, Frostburg State University
June 5, 2015

A wealth of very detailed historical information in this text. Very clearly set out, manageable as an excellent introductory text or as part of a stand alone elective unit. Highly recommended for all levels.

Mr Graham Samson
Humanities, Exeter College
December 16, 2014

Eric Shiraev adequately covers the development and history of psychology from it's earliest influences. I believe my students will appreciate the focus on "context" when examining and thinking critically about how psychological knowledge has developed over time.

Dr Brett Pellegrino
Psychology Dept, Monmouth University
August 23, 2014

A very good overview about the history of psychology

Mr Florian Röser
Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen
August 18, 2014
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The global aspect of the history of psychology is emphasized with new and diverse examples from a variety of countries integrated in each chapter.
  • References to almost 50 new studies have been added on such topics as affective disorders, eating disorders, cross-cultural validity of psychological research, psychological “utopias,” Hinduism, Buddhism, traditional and nontraditional cultures, religious values, ideology and science, sexuality, evolutionary psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and more.
  • Carefully designed chapter-opening timelines (on people, key ideas, and concepts) provide a visual, chronological perspective of psychology’s past and present.
  • New practice exercises have been added to every chapter, giving students greater opportunity to assess their understanding of key concepts.
  • New Check Your Knowledge boxes throughout each chapter help students learn to distinguish fact from opinion and become informed skeptics.
  • Case In Point boxes in each chapter give students the opportunity to come to their own conclusions about issues and think critically about biases that may influence psychology.
  • Additional “visual review” figures appear in every chapter.
  • Learning Objectives begin each chapter to help students “read with a purpose.”

KEY FEATURES:

  • The balanced coverage of pre- and post-20th century psychology ensures a comprehensive scope is maintained.
  • The book’s global and multicultural emphasis helps students understand how psychology has been deeply influenced by people from all over the world and from many disciplines.
  • A highly engaging vignette or opening case begins each chapter, featuring a familiar theme or topic. 
  • Each chapter contains a section on the impact of psychology on society as well as societal influences on psychology, examining a variety of fields such as medicine, education, criminal justice, business, advertising, and entertainment.
  • In Their Own Words boxes display quotes made by famous psychologists and scholars on the significance of psychological research and its applications.
  • Checkpoints, chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter key terms help students review and prepare for exams.
  • A comprehensive Test Bank is available for instructors.

 Each chapter begins with two timelines, which are more detailed and comprehensive than the first edition, representing individuals and main psychological concepts. The second edition has new or expanded introductions in Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 9. Each chapter now has two Cases in Point supplied with relevant questions or discussion topics. Every chapter also has special references to the companion website containing additional assignments, materials and links. The Web-based assignments correspond with the chapter’s materials and can be used for homework assignments or class discussions. There are 15-20 new practice questions designed for every chapter. These are multiple choice and short answer questions allowing the student to quickly review or summarize the materials on the previous several pages. Each chapter has a conclusion with a few distinct subsections.

This edition of the book is updated with references to almost fifty new studies. In particular, there are new and other relevant studies on Western and non-Western samples, affective disorders, eating disorders, cross-cultural validity of psychological research, psychological “utopias,” Hinduism, Buddhism, traditional and nontraditional cultures, religious values, ideology and science, sexuality, evolutionary psychology, and treatment of psychological disorders. This edition also includes new references to psychology’s historic developments in South Africa, China, India, Japan, Colombia, Russia, Italy, and Germany. 

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