Fields of Psychology, Basic and Applied

Fields of Psychology, Basic and Applied

Fields of Psychology, Basic and Applied

Fields of Psychology, Basic and Applied

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Psychology has grown probably as much during the last ten years since the first edition of this volume was written as in any two or three previous decades combined. This is more true of some of its fields than of others. It is still too early to assess all the developments properly and to incorporate them into a treatment at this rather elementary level. This volume has emphasized the more enduring aspects of the fields. It is important, however, to make changes where the most significant developments have occurred. This the revising authors have attempted to do.

Specifically, the most important revisions have been as follows. Owing to the unfortunate loss to psychology of Dr. Mary Shirley by death, it was decided not to revise the chapters she had contributed. Instead, new chapters on child psychology have been written by Dr. Horace B. English. Owing to the amount of common material with educational psychology, the subject of the chapter originally contributed by Dr. English, it was believed that common authorship of these chapters would bring about improved integration and less overlapping. For the same reasons, the chapter on educational psychology has been moved to follow child psychology immediately.

There have been a number of suggestions for other minor changes in order of chapters--all different. In general, the order of the first edition received what seemed to be satisfactory approval.

Of the treatments of fundamental fields, that for animal psychology has not been modified and that for social psychology has been revised most. In the latter instance, the previous chapter on "The Psychology of Nationalism" has given way to one entitled "The Influence of the Group upon Social Behavior and Attitudes." In general, the treatments of applied fields have received more modifications than those of the basic fields, reflecting the emphasis of the wartime stimulus. The chapter on clinical psychology appears under new authorship. Dr. Louttit asked to be excused, owing to the . . .

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