A Brief History of Modern Psychology, Second Edition
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In A Brief History of Modern Psychology 2nd Edition, Ludy Benjamin, a leading historian in the field, discusses the history of both the science and the practice of psychology since the establishment of the first experimental psychology laboratory in 1879. In engaging prose, this book weaves together the historical and disciplinary context that will help readers to better understand the richness and complexity of contemporary psychology. In the Second Edition, personality, social, and developmental psychology are expanded upon, providing balanced coverage of these three topics.


Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. is Professor of Psychology and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University and is holder of the Glasscock Professorship and a Presidential Professorship in Teaching Excellence. His numerous publications include From Séance to Science: A History of the Profession of Psychology in America (with David Baker, 2004) and A History of Psychology in Letters (second edition 2006, Blackwell).


List of Illustrations ix

Preface x

1 Pre-Scientific Psychology 1

2 Physiology, Psychophysics, and the Science of Mind 20

3 Germany and the Birth of a New Science 38

4 Origins of Scientific Psychology in America 58

5 The Early Schools of American Psychology 77

6 The Birth of the New Applied Psychology in America 98

7 Psychoanalysis 118

8 Behaviorism 139

9 The New Profession of Psychology 160

10 A Psychology of Social Action and Social Change 182

11 Cognitive Psychology 203

Epilogue 224

References 229

Index 244