Evolving Perspectives on the History of Psychology

Evolving Perspectives on the History of Psychology presents a collection of some of the best historical scholarship that has appeared in APA journals over the last three decades. In articles that explore important milestones, controversies, and transitions in the history of psychology, contributors discuss a wide range of psychological developments from Yerke’s experiments to feminist methodology. This reader effectively places a wide variety of ideologies, prominent figures, and psychological concepts in a larger historical context, making complex historical and social perspectives simultaneously accessible and challenging to students.

Rather than merely celebrating great men and historical events, as many histories of psychology have done, this “new history” of psychology places people and events in social and temporal perspective. What emerges is the humanness of psychology, its human successes, failings, and compromises. Every reader who cares about psychology will find their understanding enriched by this collection.