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Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology

Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology

2nd Edition

Marc Brysbaert, Kathy Rastle

Nov 2012, Paperback, 632 pages
ISBN13: 9780273743675
ISBN10: 0273743678
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The 2nd edition of Historical and Conceptual issues in Psychology offers a lively and engaging introduction to the main issues underlying the emergence and continuing evolution of psychology.

  1. The Wider Picture: Where did it all start?
  2. The scientific revolution of the seventeenth century and its aftermath
  3. 18th and 19th century precursors to a scientific psychology
  4. Establishing psychology as an independent academic discipline
  5. Strengthening the scientific standing of psychology: behaviourism and cognitive psychology
  6. The input from brain research
  7. The mind-brain problem, free will and consciousness
  8. How did psychology affect every day life? The history of applied psychology
  9. What is science?
  10. Is psychology a science?
  11. The contribution of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  12. The precarious balance between biological, psychological and social influences
  13. Psychology and society: the socio-political side

  • This edition continues to build on the strengths of the 1st edition, offering a broad and up to date, student focused text, which is closely attuned to the BPS.
  • Written to excite students about the themes and dynamics underlying psychology.
  • Encourages students to reflect on discussion, and stimulate debate and independent thinking.
  • Companion website offering additional resources, including updated self test material and links to original articles, helping students to extend their understanding of the subject.