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By B. R. Hergenhahn, Tracy Henley

ISBN-10: 1133958095

ISBN-13: 9781133958093

Desires questioned early guy, Greek philosophers spun intricate theories to give an explanation for human reminiscence and conception, Descartes postulated that the mind used to be packed with "animal spirits," and psychology used to be formally deemed a "science" within the nineteenth century. during this 7th variation of AN creation TO THE heritage OF PSYCHOLOGY, authors Hergenhahn and Henley show that the majority of the worries of latest psychologists are manifestations of subject matters which have been a part of psychology for hundreds--or even thousands--of years. The book's quite a few images and pedagogical units, in addition to its biographical fabric on key figures in psychology, interact readers and facilitate their figuring out of every chapter.

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It thus makes sense to judge human behavior as good or bad. Similar judgments of animal behavior are meaningless. Without the ability to reason and to choose, there can be no guilt. Holding in abeyance the cartoon, most psychologists fall somewhere between the two extremes, saying that some things can be learned about humans by studying other animals, but that some things cannot. What Is the Origin of Human Knowledge? The study of knowledge is called epistemology (from the Greek episteme, meaning “to know or understand”).

For example, suggesting that American psychology’s first school, structuralism, was displaced by Watson’s behaviorism, which following a cognitive revolution was in turn itself displaced. Although that can be a useful heuristic for looking at psychology in the 20th century, it is not clear that it is true. Staats describes psychology as a preparadigmatic discipline (Staats, 1981, 1989, 1991). The various schools of the 20th century then are viewed as competing systems looking to gain the status of a paradigm.

What has all of this to do with psychology? One certainly could fit the history of psychology into Kuhnian terms. For example, suggesting that American psychology’s first school, structuralism, was displaced by Watson’s behaviorism, which following a cognitive revolution was in turn itself displaced. Although that can be a useful heuristic for looking at psychology in the 20th century, it is not clear that it is true. Staats describes psychology as a preparadigmatic discipline (Staats, 1981, 1989, 1991).

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