“Dodge Fernald writes an interesting, easy-to-read book for students. Each perspective covers the historical underpinnings of psychology, ending with current models and viewpoints as well as comments and critiques of the perspective. That’s important and will help the next generation of scholars in psychology to appreciate alternative views. Nice book!”Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D, Vincent de Paul Distinguished Professor, DePaul University Addressing six perspectives, this textbook offers the framework for a conceptual understanding of modern psychology. Psychology: Six Perspectives shows students a measure of unity and continuity within this fragmented field by briefly and coherently discussing six primary perspectives that have arisen: biological, psychoanalytical, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and evolutionary. Author L. Dodge Fernald provides coherence by presenting these perspectives in successive historical order, offering students a broad, retrospective account of psychology. Key FeaturesPortrays the fundamental dimensions of this multifaceted field: The similarities and differences among basic concepts, theories, research, and practice of each perspective are examined.Employs both a scientific mode of communication as well as a narrative thread: The real-life narrative of a lonely, stout-hearted social worker unfolds gently throughout the text, illustrating in turn each of the perspectives.Stimulates critical thinking and class discussion: Opportunities for critical evaluation and everyday application provide students with a context for extending their understanding of and investigation into psychology.Intended AudienceThis core textbook or supplementary text is designed for undergraduate courses in general psychology, ranging from special sections of introductory psychology to the capstone course or senior seminar, including the history and systems of psychology.
- Origins of Biological Psychology
- The Nervous System
- Organization of the Brain
- The Cerebral Cortex
- Modern Biomedical Therapy
- Commentary and Critique
[Page 50]Biological psychology is a useful starting point in the study of behavior. All human and animal activities emerge from underlying biological mechanisms. Focusing on the nervous system, especially the brain, biological psychology examines the ways the organs of the body influence behavior and experience.
In the 17th century, René Descartes greatly advanced the dawn of biological psychology through his inquiry into natural philosophy, meaning a systematic study of nature, especially animal physiology, which was pursued chiefly through dissections. In ...