Seven Pioneers of Psychology: Behaviour and Mind

Seven Pioneers of Psychology: Behaviour and Mind

Seven Pioneers of Psychology: Behaviour and Mind

Seven Pioneers of Psychology: Behaviour and Mind

Synopsis

In this exciting volume, six of the world's leading scholars write about the contribution made to our understanding of human behavior and the human mind by seven great figures of the last 100 years: Lorenz, Tinbergen, Skinner, Piaget, Freud, James and Galton. Their seminal work on ethology, behaviorism, child development, psychoanalysis, perception and heredity provides the basis for much of today's psychological thinking and research. An account of the thought of each key figure is given together with a brief biography. Each contribution is written so that it can be understood by anyone interested in the ideas of these major figures.

Excerpt

In 1992, Trinity College, Dublin, celebrated the four hundredth anniversary of its founding by the Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I. The occasion was marked over several months by a procession of academic and social events, involving many guests from home and abroad, thousands of visiting academics and alumni, the entire staff of the college from porter to provost, and at times a good cross-section of the citizens of Dublin. The contribution of the Department of Psychology to these proceedings, while not altogether ignoring the social, focused on a number of academic events. This book is the result of one such.

It is no easy task for psychologists to know best how to salute an ancient institution when their separate discipline can claim barely a quarter of the lifespan of that institution and their academic department significantly less: it was but thirty years in existence in 1992. The 'apprentice' can hardly tell the 'master' what a good job he has done. And so it was with a ready acceptance that my colleagues took to the suggestion that we invite a group of scholars each to present in a public lecture a review of the contribution of a great scientist to our understanding of behaviour and mental processes. But which great scientists? To simplify the task we omitted from consideration those still living, and from a list of nineteen selected: James, Freud, Piaget, Skinner and Lorenz. Identifying accomplished scholars to review the significance of the work of these scientists was a much easier task and led to the authors you will read between these covers: Singer, Storr, Bryant, Blackman and Hinde. . .

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