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Mental Life

An Introduction to Psychology, 1st Edition

By Beatrice Edgell

Psychology Press

276 pages

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Originally published in 1926, the aim of this textbook was the ‘interpretation of human behaviour and conduct’. Beatrice Edgell is an important figure in the history of psychology. She was the first British woman to receive a PhD in psychology, the first female psychology professor in Britain and the first woman president of the British Psychological Society (1930-1931), of which she had been a founding member in 1901. As the Head of Psychology at Bedford College, she established one of the first psychological laboratories in the UK. She also taught a number of women who went on to become prominent in the field. One of her many publications this book was thought to be ‘suitable for students training for social work or for the general reader interested in educational and social questions’.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Mental Life 2. Analysis of Mental Life or Experience 3. The Build and Functions of the Nervous System 4. Native Endowment and Environment 5. Primitive Values 6. Sensation, the Basis of Cognition 7. The Fundamental Processes of Intellectual Growth 8. Learning 9. Ideation 10. Some of the Emotional Attitudes Aroused by Value Situations Considered in Relation to Social Behaviour 11. The Unconscious and Adolescence 12. Thought 13. The Formation of Sentiments 14. Conduct and Character 15. Conduct and Character (cont.) 16. Appendix. Mind and Body. List of Books Recommended for Further Study. Index.

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