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Psychological Concepts

An International Historical Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Kurt Pawlik, Gery d'Ydewalle

Psychology Press

400 pages

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Among the scientific advances over the last one hundred years, those in psychological science rank among the most prolific and revealing. The analyses of human intelligence and cognition, of human consciousness and self-awareness, of human memory and learning, and of human personality structure have opened up new avenues towards a deeper understanding of the human nature, the human mind, and its evolution. These new insights, whilst meeting high standards of research methodology, have also given rise to a conceptual grid which connects hitherto divergent lines of research in the human and behavioral sciences, leading up to present-day neuroscience.

The Editors, both past presidents of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), bring together a distinguished panel of international experts in the attempt to unravel, in a comparative cross-cultural and historical approach, changing contents and functions of psychological key concepts (such as intelligence, cognition, mind and the self). Their findings help to guide psychological theorizing, psychological experimentation and field research, and in so doing they apply behavioral science insights to the improvement of human affairs. Prepared under the aegis of the International Union of Psychological Science, the book exemplifies a concept-driven international history of psychological science.

With its team of distinguished researchers from four continents, Psychological Concepts: An International Historical Perspective outlines the history of psychology in a truly innovative way.


"This book provides a totally renewed perspective on the concepts of psychology. Each of the core psychological concepts is attentively described and analyzed from a historical point of view. The history of psychology is thus viewed as the history of the ideas which have forged the discipline, as they developed in the context of various cultural approaches. The book displays a dynamic, comparative, international image of psychology that no other book has ever illustrated before." - Michel Denis, Research Director, CNRS, and Past President of the IUPsyS

"This volume presents a unique and comprehensive analysis of the major concepts of psychology from an historical and cross-cultural perspective. Selection of the areas covered by the fourteen chapters was based on a decade of dedicated work of the International Union of Psychological Science and outstanding leadership of the editors, both IUPsyS past presidents. The chapter authors, from eleven countries and four continents, are distinguished contributors to their respective research areas." - Charles D. Spielberger, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of South Florida, and Past President, International Association of Applied Psychology

Table of Contents

B. Overmier, Foreword . K. Pawlik, G. d’Ydewalle, Preface. K. Pawlik, G. d’Ydewalle, A historical and comparative study of concepts and constructs in psychology. M. A. Brandimonte, N. Bruno, S. Collina, Cognition. V. Gadenne, Consciousness: psychological, neuroscientific, and cultural perspectives. J.W. Berry, H.C. Triandis, Culture. M. Pinquart, R.K. Silbereisen, (Individual) Development. J.R. Averill, L. Sundararajan, Passion and qing: Intellectual histories of emotion, West and East. S. Gardini, C. Cornoldi, R. De Beni, Mental imagery. R.J. Sternberg, Intelligence. M.C. Corballis, Language. L. Nilsson, J. Rönnberg, Learning and Memory. G. Mandler, Mind: Ghosts, machines, and concepts. W. Lens, M. Vansteenkiste, Motivation: About the "why" and "what for" of human behavior. N.J. Wade, Perception: The pursuit of illusion. B. de Raad, Individuality and Personality. Q. Wang, N. Chaudhary, The Self.

About the Editors

Kurt Pawlik is Professor of Psychology at the University of Hamburg, Germany (1966 - ). He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Vienna (Austria). His research specializations include: psychology of individual differences, neuropsychology, psychological assessment and psychometrics, environmental, and international psychology. He is past president (inter alia) of the German Society of Psychology, the International Union of Psychological Science, and the International Social Science Council.

Géry d`Ydewalle is Professor of Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1980 - ), where he also received his PhD. His research specializations include: perception and memory, neuropsychology, applied research on genetic risk perception and decision making, film perception, and psychology of the internet. He is past president (inter alia) of the Belgian Psychological Society, the International Union of Psychological Science, and a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology