The time has gone by when any one man could hope to write an adequate text book of psychology. The science has now so many branches, so many methods, so many fields of application, and such an immense mass of data of observation is now on record, that no one man can hope to have the necessary familiarity with the whole. But, even when a galaxy of learning and talent shall have written the text book of the future, there will still be need for the book which will introduce the student to his science, which will aim at giving him at the outset of his studies a profitable line of approach, a fruitful way of thinking of psychological problems, and a terminology as little misleading as possible. The present volume is designed to render these services.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory 2. The Behaviour of the Lower Animals 3. Behaviour of Insects 4. Behaviour of the Vertebrates 5. The Instincts of the Mammals and of Man 6. Habit and Intelligence in Animals 7. Behaviour of the Natural Man 8. Perceptual Thinking 9. Attention and Interest 10. Imagining – Anticipating – Recollecting 11. Emotion 12. The Derived Emotions 13. Disposition, Temper, Temperament and Moods 14. Belief and Doubt 15. Growth of Mental Structure: The Development of Cognitive Structure or Intellect 16. Reasoning and the System of Beliefs 17. Growth of Mental Structure (Continued) INDEX
William McDougall was an early 20th century psychologist who spent the first part of his career in the United Kingdom and the latter part in the United States. After teaching at University College London and Oxford, he was recruited to occupy the William James chair of psychology at Harvard University in 1920, where he served as a professor of psychology from 1920 to 1927.