*Twenty-five years of teaching the history of psychology has culminated in Benjafield's engaging text, which combines a thorough overview of pre-20th century developments with a major focus on advances that took place within this century. A new level of comprehensiveness is reached in separate chapters on the history of developmental psychology, the history of methodology, William James, humanistic psychology, and cognitive psychology. While covering the major figures in the historical development of psychology (Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Darwin), Benjafield also acknowledges key influences such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Lao-Tsu, and Isaac Newton, and several often-neglected women such as Christine Ladd-Franklin, Eleanor Gibson, Edith Kaplan, and many others. In addition, the unusually large number of figures and graphs included in the book help students create a visual picture of how psychology has evolved and enhance Benjafield's multidimensional presentation of the material.
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John G. Benjafield is professor emeritus at Brock University, where he taught cognition and the history of psychology for over 30 years. He is currently a Fellow of both the Canadian Psychology Association and the American Psychological Society and has written extensively, including the first three editions of OUP's Cognition.Review:
"This text is the best in terms of covering the philosophical underpinnings of psychology and giving detailed and comprehensible explications of the history of psychology's theoretical systems."
--Michael Pettit, York University
"Benjafield made a judicious choice of thinkers and events to provide an overview of (mostly) the Western history of psychology. . . . He discusses many individuals and currents that previously have been ignored by other textbook-writers in the field of the history of psychology."
--Carmen Poulin, University of New Brunswick
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Book Description Allyn & Bacon, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110205154034