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Pioneers of Psychology

Fifth International Edition

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A BIOGRAPHICAL APPROACH

Pioneers of Psychology highlights the stories of individual scholars and scientists as they formulated their ideas in the context of their lives and times. These fascinating accounts let students "stand in the shoes" of influential figures, making their contributions both lively and memorable.

NEW CHAPTERS MAKE PIONEERS A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION TO THE FIELD

The fifth edition includes three new chapters. The Introduction on historiography outlines key issues and previews the pioneers and themes covered throughout the book. Chapter 1 now discusses the figures and ideas that provided psychology's first foundations, from Plato and Aristotle through the great Islamic philosophers and Thomas Aquinas. Finally, Chapter 16 tells the story of the development of one of the most important applied fields—clinical psychology.

ORGANISED AROUND QUESTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES

The fifth edition thoroughly explores the history of psychology by framing it around enduring questions, such as whether we gain knowledge primarily through experience or through the interaction of experience with capacities given at birth; the limits and possibilities of an experimental approach to psychology; and whether clinical psychology is more art than science.

THE RELEVANCE OF HISTORY TO CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

Fancher and Rutherford consistently show how history has informed and influenced various subfields of contemporary psychology. For example, Chapter 3 shows how contemporary questions in neuroscience go back over 200 years to controversies regarding the localisation of functions within the brain. Chapter 6 explores how today's evolutionary psychologists continue to debate issues raised by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago.

ENHANCED COVERAGE OF WOMEN AND GENDER ISSUES

The fifth edition offers substantial consideration of women pioneers and gender issues, such as the important intellectual friendships with prominent women that shaped the thinking of Descartes and Leibniz, Bärbel Inhelder's collaboration with Piaget and her independent contributions to our understanding of cognitive development, and Lillian Gilbreth's pioneering accomplishments in industrial psychology.