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6th Edition

A History of Psychology
The Emergence of Science and Applications

ISBN 9781138683716
Published March 21, 2017 by Routledge
624 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A History of Psychology: The Emergence of Science and Applications, Sixth Edition, traces the history of psychology from antiquity through the early 21st century, giving students a thorough look into psychology’s origins and key developments in basic and applied psychology.

This new edition includes extensive coverage of the proliferation of applied fields since the mid-twentieth century and stronger emphases on the biological basis of psychology, new statistical techniques and qualitative methodologies, and emerging therapies. Other areas of emphasis include the globalization of psychology, the growth of interest in health psychology, the resurgence of interest in motivation, and the importance of ecopsychology and environmental psychology. Substantially revised and updated throughout, this book retains and improves its strengths from prior editions, including its strong scholarly foundation and scholarship from groups too often omitted from psychological history, including women, people of color, and scholars from outside the United States. This book also aims to engage and inspire students to recognize the power of history in their own lives and studies, to connect history to the present and the future, and to think critically and historically.

For additional resources, consult the Companion Website at www.routledge.com/cw/woody where instructors will find lecture slides and outlines; testbanks; and how-to sources for teaching History and Systems of Psychology courses; and students will find review a timeline; review questions; complete glossary; and annotated links to relevant resources.

Table of Contents

Part I: Historiographic and Philosophical Issues 1. Critical Issues in Historical Studies 2. Philosophical Issues Part II: Early Psychological Thought 3. Ancient Psychological Thought 4. The Roman Period and the Middle Ages 5. The Renaissance Part III: Modern Intellectual Developments that Contributed to the
Birth of Psychology
6. Empiricism, Associationism, and Utilitarianism 7. Rationalism 8. Mechanization and Quantification 9. Naturalism and Humanitarian Reform Part IV: Psychology from the Formal Founding in 1879 10. Psychophysics and the Formal Founding of Psychology 11. Developments after the Founding 12. Functionalism 13. Behaviorism 14. Gestalt Psychology 15. Psychoanalysis 16. Humanistic Psychologies 17. Beyond the Systems of Psychology 18. Prospects for the Twenty-First Century

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William Douglas Woody is Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. He has received Early Career Achievement Awards from the Society for the History of Psychology and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Wayne Viney is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Emeritus University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, USA. He is Past President of the Society for the History of Psychology.


"One of the most learned, yet most readable history of psychology textbooks on the market today.  Woody and Viney cover psychological thought from the ancient world to the present day with uncommon flair."

Christopher D. Green, Professor of Psychology, York University, Canada

"In this latest edition of their successful textbook, the authors include their important chapter on historiography along with a clear chronological history of psychology. In addition, they provide a description of emerging fields and new research methods allowing us to re-examine historical findings."

Richard L. Miller, Professor and Chair of Psychology and Sociology, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, USA

"This sixth edition continues the tradition of superb scholarship set by the first five editions.  Responsibly placing psychological thought into the complex trajectory of the history of humanity, it deserves a place of honor among the longer and more thorough texts in the field.  Excellent and up to date!"

Michael Wertheimer, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA