Hergenhahn's An Introduction to the History of Psychology,
9th Edition

Tracy Henley

ISBN-13: 9780357797716
Copyright 2024 | Published
720 pages | List Price: USD $300.95

Greek philosophers were among the first to contemplate how the world outside of us is represented inside of us. Henley’s HERGENHAHN'S AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY, 9th Edition, examines the philosophical questions about the influence of nature and nurture -- experience and environment -- and the nature and existence of the human mind and brain. It explains that most of the "big questions" that still concern psychologists today are manifestations of themes that have recurred for hundreds or even thousands of years. Engage with the history of psychology through full-color photographs, learning tools and fascinating biographical material on key figures in psychology.


1. Introduction.
2. The Ancient World.
3. Rome and the Middle Ages.
4. Renaissance Science and Philosophy.
5. Empiricism, Sensationalism, and Positivism.
6. Rationalism.
7. Romanticism and Existentialism.
8. Physiology and Psychophysics.
9. Early Approaches to Psychology.
10. Evolution and Individual Differences.
11. American Psychology and Functionalism.
12. Behaviorism.
13. Neobehaviorism.
14. Gestalt Psychology.
15. Early Considerations of Mental Illness.
16. Psychoanalysis.
17. Humanistic (Third-Force) Psychology.
18. Psychobiology.
19. Cognitive Psychology.
20. Psychology Today.

  • Tracy Henley

    Tracy Henley earned his Psychology Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, where he co-edited his first book, REFLECTIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY: WILLIAM JAMES AFTER A CENTURY. He also co-authored THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE and CONNECTIONS IN THE HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY; has authored more than 60 publications in the areas of history, methods, psycholinguistics, and social cognition; and has worked on numerous federal research grants. Dr. Henley spent 13 years on the faculty at Mississippi State University, teaching and conducting research in philosophy and psychology. In 2001, he spent his first sabbatical working for a computer games company, and still dabbles in game design. In 2003, he accepted the position of Head of the Department of Psychology and Special Education at Texas A & M University-Commerce. Currently, he serves as Director of Grants and Research for the College of Education and Human Services. In 2012, he also served as President of the Southwestern Psychological Association.

  • Following the tradition of infusing upper-division text with essential pedagogical features established with the first edition, this new edition now opens each chapter with explicit learning objectives that also serve as a delightful teaser for the material to come.

  • In recognition that current students prefer shorter and more visual texts, the new edition tightens the narrative so the presentation is as efficient and as engaging as possible while keeping it grounded in the best available source materials.

  • Updated full-color figures make the new edition even more lively, engaging and memorable for students.

  • Already recognized as the history text most attentive to acknowledging the role of women and people of color, the new edition continues to showcase many individuals that other books too often omit or underrepresent.

  • Ever fearless and authentic in its consideration, this edition tackles complex and controversial issues such as the place of presentism in the history of psychology are now considered in even greater detail right from the start.

  • Heralded as the leader within the field across eight previous editions, this edition continues to strike the perfect balance between comprehensive scholarship and a user-friendly presentation relevant and interesting for both faculty and students.

  • Extensive coverage of psychology's philosophical heritage is presented through in-depth discussions of the ancient and medieval worlds, as well as modern developments such as empiricism, rationalism, positivism, romanticism and existentialism -- showing how contemporary psychology emerges from all these traditions.

  • A great deal of attention is paid to the Ancients; the influence of religion on psychology; evolutionary accounts; the early diagnoses, explanations and treatments of mental illnesses; existential and humanistic perspectives and the rise of computational approaches and cognitive science to activate student interest and engagement.

  • The use of extended quotes gives students access to optimally sized snippets of original source material. Students hear the greatest voices in philosophy and psychology in their own words. The student-friendly narrative also includes fascinating biographical material and makes explicit real-world connections that build engagement and facilitate learning.

  • Pedagogic features, including a timeline on the endpapers that presents key moments in psychology within an overarching historical context as well as learning objectives, chapter summaries, discussion questions, end-of-chapter glossaries and suggestions for further reading support student understanding and success.

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