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Background doesn't need to be uninteresting, and this article resides evidence with assurance of fascinating themes starting from the debatable use of IQ exams at Ellis Island to the psychodynamics of gum chewing. A industry chief for over 30 years, A heritage of recent PSYCHOLOGY has been praised for its complete assurance and biographical process. concentrating on smooth psychology, the book's insurance starts with the overdue nineteenth century. effectively heading off dry narrative, the authors customize the historical past of psychology not just by utilizing biographical info on influential theorists, but in addition by way of displaying you the way significant occasions in these theorists' lives have affected the authors' personal principles, methods, and techniques. significant updates during this version contain discussions of evolutionary psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and optimistic psychology. the result's a publication that's as well timed and correct at the present time because it was once while it used to be first brought.

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42). More than 15 years later, the state of psychology had changed little. Scholars referred to the history of the field as a “sequence of failed paradigms” (Sternberg & Grigorenko, 2001, p. 1075). Noted historian Ludy Benjamin wrote, “A common lament among psychologists today … is that the field of psychology is far along a path of fragmentation or disintegration [with] a multitude of independent psychologies that soon will be or already are incapable of communicating with one another” (Benjamin, 2001, p.

An understanding of psychology’s history must consider the context in which the discipline evolved, the prevailing ideas in the science and culture of the day—the Zeitgeist or intellectual climate of the times—as well as the existing social, economic, and political forces. We will see instances throughout this book of how these contextual forces influenced psychology’s past and continue to shape its present and future. Let us consider a few examples of contextual forces, including economic opportunity, the world wars, and prejudice and discrimination.

The defecating duck drew enormous crowds from many European countries. People marveled that inventors could fashion such a lifelike creation. They watched it move and eat and swallow and defecate, in awe that such a glorious, miraculous machine had been made possible. Even the great philosopher Voltaire beheld the duck and wrote, “Without the shitting duck, there would be nothing to remind us of the glory of France” (Voltaire, quoted in Wood, 2002, p. 27). More than 100 years later, the great scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (see Chapter 3) wrote that the duck was “the marvel of the last century” (quoted in Riskin, 2004, p.

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