1st Edition

History of Psychology A Cultural Perspective

By Cherie O'Boyle Copyright 2021
    430 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    430 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This classic edition includes a new foreword by former APA President Antonio E. Puente which primes the reader for a unique, bold and lively account of the history of psychology that remains relevant and useful to this day. This text surveys core areas in the history of psychology, covering the history of applied, developmental, clinical, cognitive and experimental psychology.

    O’Boyle writes in the "historical present," which gives readers a sense of immediacy and aliveness as they journey through history. Her account uses imaginative new features, including "The Times," which gives readers a feel for what everyday life was like during the age discussed in the chapter. Descriptions of ordinary life, as well as information about important issues influencing people’s lives such as wars, social movements, famines, and plagues will pique student interest. "Stop and Think" questions, scattered throughout, enhance retention and encourage critical thinking.

    This book continues to provide a creative, distinct, and valuable contribution to the field, and is an essential read for undergraduate students undertaking courses in the history of psychology and history of science, history and systems of psychology, and introductory psychology.

    Foreword to the Classic Edition


    List of Photographs and Illustrations


    1. Origins of Psychological Thought: Why Do Other People Have Such Bizarre Beliefs and Behave So Strangely?
    2. From Greek Philosophy to the Middle Ages: What and How Do We Believe?
    3. From an Age of Spirits to Humanism: How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?
    4. The Birth of Science: Is There Anything You Cannot Doubt?
    5. Philosophical Answers to Psychological Questions: If a Tree Falls in the Forest and There Is No One Around to Hear It, Does It Make a Sound?
    6. Physiological to Experimental Psychology: Can Consciousness Be Inspected?
    7. A Divided Discipline: What Is the Function of Mind?
    8. A Science of Behavior: Is Consciousness a Myth?
    9. Paradigms Proliferate: Is There an Unconscious Mind?
    10. Age of Theory: Why Are There So Many Different Psychological Theories?
    11. When Motivation Is the Question: Why Do We Do What We Do?
    12. The Mind Returns: What Questions Are Psychologists Exploring Now?



    Name Index

    Subject Index


    Cherie O'Boyle is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, San Marcos, USA.

    "...the book is very well and clearly written, educated readers interested in the history of ideas and how modern psychology developed from these ideas will find it valuable. This book is designed to be used as a text in an undergraduate history of psychology class. The inclusion of a cultural focus along with the intellectual; history of ideas is a strength of this book and makes for lively and interesting reading." – PsycCRITIQUES

    "I find the project clever, bold, creative, and original, and believe that it might even generate a new trend in the teaching of the history of psychology…It is a breath of fresh air in a field in which there tends to be little variation among the...mainstream texts…'The Times' section...gives students a feel for what everyday life was like during the age... The consistent use of the present tense…generates a vivid immediacy to the ideas being discussed... This is...a fascinating, often fast-paced story that should generate interest and resonance in many students... I enjoyed reading it."Michael Wertheimer, Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

    "...It provides a fresh approach to the subject...the...strength of the book...lies in its approach...by placing changes in...historical and cultural contexts."Alfred H. Fuchs, Ph.D. Bowdoin College, USA

    "There is a need for such a book... O’Boyle is intelligent and her book is smart..."John C. Malone, Ph.D. University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA