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It is important for every student of psychology, wherever they might be in the world, to understand the classic scholars, the classic studies, and the subsequent generations of people and ideas that have come to define the broad discipline that is ‘psychology’. This book achieves this in the most accessible and engaging manner possible. Rom Harré presents a unique textbook orientation, combining the biopic with the significance of the major protagonists of the last century, organized by @#x2018;schools of thought’, yet with cross-references throughout the text.
Chapter 5: The Biopsychologists
Since Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis (1757–1808) first clearly enunciated the thesis that the brain is the one and only organ of thought, the project of grounding the psychology of human beings in states and processes in the brain has been pursued with more or less success. The project is formidable. Until recently it was impossible to study the living brain of a person going about a cognitive or practical task, or experiencing an emotion or seeing, hearing or touching something. At the same time, a succession of conceptions of the way that the human brain worked drew on whatever happened to be the latest technology of the era. In the 17th century it was hydraulics, in the late 19th century it was ...