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Great Psychologists and Their Times: Scientific Insights into Psychology's History by Dean Keith Simonton

  • Author: Dean Keith Simonton
  • Book title: Great Psychologists and Their Times: Scientific Insights into Psychology's History
  • Category: Other
  • Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 1 edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 554
  • ISBN: 155798896X
  • ISBN13: 978-1557988966
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 866
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Chapters are rich in examples drawn from the lives and careers of nota ble psychologists, examining such issues as birth order, psychopatholo gy, and intellectual precocity. Of particular interest are chapters ex ploring what aspects of the sociocultural context are most conducive t o the emergence of illustrious psychologists and how these sociocultur al conditions-including political events, economic disturbances, or cu ltural values-affect not only the magnitude of achievement but also th e very nature of that achievement. The findings reviewed lead to sugge stions about how best to educate and train both undergraduate psycholo gy majors and graduate students in psychology. This book will be a use ful resource for all psychologists, scientists, and historians who are willing to ponder the provocative overlap between psychology, science , and history.

2 Reviews
The Sinners from Mitar
This book is full of great information about eminence in the field of psychology; a virtual "how to" for any blossoming scientist. It is, however, not for the weak or faint of heart if eminence is one's desired end goal. Simonton makes the path clear but it not easy by any stretch. There are patches of difficult reading in that it's a struggle to get his point but otherwise it is respectably written.
Although the title doesn't contain the word "history," I nonetheless assumed this book was a history of psychology. You know, the kind of history that is largely biographical with a chapter on this great psychologist, and then a chapter on that great psychologist.

It is not.

It's more sociology than history.

I'm not really sure what its uses are, but as an AP Psychology teacher, I decided it held no use for me.

At any rate, it took me about 5 minutes to decide to return the book (only the second item I've returned to amazon in the last half-dozen years). Instead, I ordered the history of psychology book by Ludy T. Benjamin.

Again, if you want a history and/or biography of the great psychologists, then this is not the book for you.
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