A History of Modern Psychology
The Quest for a Science of the Mind
- David C. Ludden, Jr. - Georgia Gwinnett College, USA
History of Psychology
—Cynthia A. Edwards, Meredith College
A History of Modern Psychology: The Quest for a Science of the Mind presents a history of psychology up to the turn of the 21st century. Author David C. Ludden, Jr. uses a topical approach to discuss key thinkers and breakthroughs within the context of various schools of thought, allowing students to see how philosophers, researchers, and academics influenced one another to create the rich and diverse landscape of modern psychology. Through detailed timelines and Looking Back and Looking Ahead sections, the book provides connections between movements and gives students a deeper appreciation for the transference of knowledge that has shaped the field.
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“Ludden’s text is a breath of fresh air, enabling students of all backgrounds to see themselves reflected in well-researched and humanized portrayals of the pioneers of the field, working within the context from which psychological science has emerged.”
"Clearly written in a friendly tone, this book provides comprehensive coverage of the history of modern psychology, with extended attention to modern perspectives and the history of many core psychological sub-disciplines."
"Accessible yet still comprehensive, this book brings the history of psychology into the modern day without losing a sense of the perspective of the whole discipline."
"A very comprehensive book that includes important concepts, movements, and scholars/psychologists. It includes a discussion of diversity issues and has an engaging writing style."
“Including sections on women in psychology, minorities in psychology, and psychologists around the world is completely novel (and much needed) in the field. The same can be said for not stopping the history of our field upwards of 50 years prior to modern day—all great aspects that I wish to include in my own course.”
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. Philosophical Roots of Psychology
Chapter 2. Nineteenth-Century Foundations