A Brief History of Psychology

6th Edition

Michael Wertheimer, Antonio E. Puente

June 8, 2020 Forthcoming
Textbook - 248 Pages - 33 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138284746 - CAT# Y316916

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This brief, inexpensive text offers great flexibility in teaching the history of psychology. Used as a stand-alone text or with readers, this engaging book is noted for its analysis of the scientific and philosophical emergence of the field as well as its coverage of contemporary psychology and emerging areas. Readers appreciate the book's balanced coverage of experimental, applied, and clinical psychology, as well as the clear and succinct presentation of the field's major events and schools of thought. The sixth edition features an expanded pedagogical program with bolded terms, a complete glossary, more illustrations, and web-based instructional materials including Power Points, a test bank, discussion question, and more. Special emphasis has also been placed on the role of the American Psychological Association (APA) in the history of psychology.

Extensively updated throughout, the sixth edition features:

    • A revised final chapter with a current analysis of the state of the field, including the growth of the APA as well as specialized organizations that promote the science and profession of psychology and the push to influence policies that address global challenges, such as environmental sustainability, intergroup conflict, health disparities, and the population explosion.
    • A discussion of the growth in the number and role of women and ethnic minorities in psychology, and the promotion of diversity across both demographic and intellectual perspectives
    • Recent developments in the growth of neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and the diversification and internationalization of psychology
    • Portraits of some major figures in the history of psychology including psychology’s first Nobel Prize winner
    • Recent and evolving changes in the practice of psychology, including more emphasis on "evidence-based practice," prescription privileges, and the emergence of the importance of psychological practice in health care
    • Recent changes in the APA including new divisions and new elected officials and its emerging focus on advocacy

Used independently or as a supplement with readers, this brief text is intended for undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of psychology. Due to its brevity and engaging style, the book can be used in introductory courses to introduce students to the field. The enormous index and substantial glossary make this volume a useful desk reference for psychology and related disciplines.


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