Classic History of Psychology Articles

                                    



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The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology by John Dewey

Originally published in Psychological Review in 1896 this landmark article is accepted as the origin of functionalism. In 1943 the Psychological Review celebrated it's 50th anniversary and in its Jubilee edition selected The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology by John Dewey as its most important article.

A true classic in the history of psychology.

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The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology




Psychology As The Behaviorist Views It by John B Watson

First published in Psychological Review and originally presented as a lecture at Columbia University in 1913. "Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It", would become known forever as the "behaviorist manifesto" and bestow on Watson the title of "father of behaviorism."

This classic publication is essential reading for psychology students, educators and professionals.

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Psychology As The Behaviorist Views It


General Description of The Types by Carl Jung

General Description of The Types was a landmark chapter in "Psychological types" Carl Jung's major work on personality. In this classic account Jung sets out to describe introverted and extraverted types along thinking, feeling, rational, sensation, intuitive and irrational dimensions.

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General Description of The Types


The Social Self by George Herbert Mead

First published in 1913 this was a landmark article by one of the most influential figures in the history of American philosophy and social behaviorism.

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The Social Self


Some Issues Concerning The Control of Human Behavior by B.F. Skinner & Carl Rogers

This classic debate between Skinner and Rogers took the form of three papers originally published in 1956. The papers were based on material presented by the authors in a symposium held at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. The first paper is by Skinner, the second paper by Rogers and the third paper (a rebuttal of the second) was again by Skinner.

This compelling debate not only offers a fascinating insight into the thinking of two of the most influential psychologists of the 20th Century but it also provides a wonderful historical snapshot of the theoretical and ideological battles going on within psychology at the time.

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Some Issues Concerning The Control of Human Behavior


Critique of Psychoanalytic Concepts and Theories by B.F. Skinner

Classic article originally published in 1954 in which B.F Skinner critically evaluates Sigmund Freud's contribution to Western thought. In particular Freud's attempt to infer how the mental apparatus is constructed and what forces interplay and counteract in it.

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Critique of Psychoanalytic Concepts and Theories


The Development of Psychology

The Development of Psychology first appeared as an editorial in The Popular Science Monthly in 1874. This classic publication in the history of psychology evaluates the contribution to the discipline of John Stuart Mill, Alexander Bain, and Herbert Spencer. The scientific standing of psychology is also addressed in detail.

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The Development of Psychology


Humanism: A Review by John Dewey

Article first published in 1904 in which John Dewey reviews F. C. S. Schiller's book 'Humanism: Philosophical Essays'. This classic publication offers an illuminating insight in to John Dewey's views on humanism.

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Humanism


The Psychology of Alfred Adler by Wayland F. Vaughan

Excellent article first published in 1927 documenting the key ideas of Alfred Adler. In introducing the article the author notes: "Convinced of the value of Adler's contribution, I believe it worthwhile to survey the principal tenets of his system in such a lucid manner as to awaken the interest of the general psychologist. I have selected those aspects of his theory that bear particularly upon the understanding of normal personality." These include:

  • THE INDIVIDUAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL METHOD
  • THE NEUROTIC INDIVIDUAL
  • THE ORIGIN OF THE FEELING OF INFERIORITY
  • The Psychology of Alfred Adler


    The Field of Action Research by Isidor Chein, Stuart W. Cook & John Harding

    Classic article on action research adapted from an address given at the Institute of the Society for Social Research at the University of Chicago in 1946. The article is organized within three key areas i.e., the scientific setting of action research, special difficulties in action research and varieties of action research.

    The Field of Action Research


    The Lies That Children Tell by Adolph E. Meyer

    Landmark paper in the history of child psychology. Originally published in 1926, author and eminent psychologist Adolph E. Meyer notes that his article is an attempt to consider one aspect of the child's many sided behavior - the lie, and that he chose this particular phase of child life not only because it is unquestionably one of far-reaching interest but also because so little published research on the topic exists.

    The historical significance of the article is highlighted by Meyer's assertion that with "the growing tendency to see in psychology a study of human behavior rather than of the human mind, child study is gradually emancipating itself from the impeding tentacles of tradition."

    A must read for anybody interested in the history and practice of child psychology.

    The Lies That Children Tell


    The Influence of Darwin on Psychology by James Rowland Angell

    Fascinating article examining three of Darwin's more specific contributions to psychology, namely: (1) his doctrine of the evolution of instinct and the part played by intelligence in the process; (2) the evolution of mind from the lowest animal to the highest man; and (3) the expressions of emotion.

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    The Influence of Darwin on Psychology


    Psychology and History by Hugo Münsterberg

    Originally presented as the President's Address at The American Psychological Association, New York Meeting in December 1898. This Hugo Münsterberg classic was first published in Psychological Review the following year.

    In a detailed critique, Münsterberg explores the relationship between psychology and history on a number of levels - ontologically, epistemologically etc; and in doing so sets about addressing the limits of psychology at the time.

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    Psychology and History


    The Interpretation of Intelligence Tests by James McKeen Cattell

    Classic article on the interpretation of intelligence tests, with special reference to the problem of ascertaining the extent to which the performance of an individual depends on heredity and environment. The paper was originally presented by James McKeen Cattell as part of a symposium of the Section of Psychology of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Cincinnati, December 1923.

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    The Interpretation of Intelligence Tests


    The Father of Modern Psychology by Foster Watson

    First published in 1915 this illuminating article documents the influence of Juan Luis Vives as a pioneer of modern psychological thinking. As the author notes: The self-conscious emphasis on induction as a method of inquiry and discovery in philosophical, and particularly in psychological questions, must be taken back beyond and before Descartes and Bacon, to Juan Luis Vives.

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    The Father of Modern Psychology


    The Conflict of the Psychologies by Joseph Jastrow

    Originally published in 1929 This classic article documents what eminent psychologist Joseph Jastrow saw as the internal warfare within the discipline of psychology. In examining both Fruedianism and Gestaltism the author explores the notion that the struggle for the establishment of psychology rests with the conflict between pre-naturalistic, anti-naturalistic or super-naturalistic positions versus naturalistic psychology that has been in the making since Darwin.

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    The Conflict of the Psychologies


    The Identity of Inhibition with Sleep and Hypnosis by Ivan Pavlov

    This classic article by the eminent physiologist and psychologist Ivan Pavlov was first delivered in the form of a lecture at the University of Chicago in July 1923. In the article Pavlov draws on his seminal research into classical conditioning conducted with dogs.

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    The Identity of Inhibition with Sleep and Hypnosis


    Studies in Infant Psychology by John B. Watson & Rosalie Rayner Watson

    Originally published in 1921 this manuscript was prepared on the basis of the experimental work conducted by Watson and Rayner in the psychological laboratory of Johns Hopkins University in 1919 and 1920. Included in the reporting of this research is reference to the infamous experiment on conditioned emotional reactions which would become known forever as "The case of little Albert."

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    Studies in Infant Psychology


    Key Figures in The History of American Psychology: James McKeen Cattell by R.S. Woodworth

    Written shortly after Cattell's death in 1944 this article offers an excellent insight into the contribution of one of the most important figures in the history of American psychology.

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    Key Figures in The History of American Psychology: James McKeen Cattell


    Heredity, Environment, and The Question "How?" by Anne Anastasi

    Originally presented by Anne Anastasi as an address of the President (Division of General Psychology) of the American Psychological Association in 1957 and first published in psychological review the following year. This child psychology and nature nurture debate classic argues that the question "How?" offers a much more constructive approach to the heredity-environment problem; as opposed to the question "Which one?" or "How much?" typically posited by psychologists.

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    Heredity, Environment, and The Question "How?"


    Contributions To The History of Psychology (1916-1921) by Coleman Griffith

    In addressing the position of psychology since 1915 the author arranges the material under review into two groups, namely, the systematic and the experimental studies which moved the discipline of psychology forward; and the historical and biographical notes and the large and searching retrospections which related contemporary psychology at the time to earlier stages in the development of the science.

    This classic article is a great read for anybody interested in the history and development of psychology.

    Contributions To The History of Psychology (1916-1921)


    On The Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology & Crime by Hugo Münsterberg

    Essential reading for anybody connected with psychology within a legal context. On The Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology & Crime was years ahead of its time exploring issues are just as important and relevant today e.g., witness memory, suggestibility and false confessions. A true classic.

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    On The Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology & Crime


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