From Seance to Science: A History of the Profession of Psychology in America

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9780155042643: From Seance to Science: A History of the Profession of Psychology in America

This book is intended to round out the picture of American psychology's past, adding the history of psychological practice to the story of psychological science. Written by two well-recognized authorities in the field, this brief (chapter 6) book covers the profession and practice of psychology in America from the late 19th century to the present. FROM SÉANCE TO SCIENCE tells the story of psychologists who sought and seek to apply the knowledge of their science to the practical problems of the world, whether those problems lay in businesses, schools, families, or in the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of individuals. Engagingly written and full of interesting examples, this book includes figures and photos from the Archives of the History of American Psychology. This is the story of individuals, trained in psychology, who function as school psychologists, counseling psychologists, clinical psychologists, and industrial psychologists. These are psychology's practitioners, meaning that they take the knowledge base of psychology and use it for practical purposes outside of the classroom and outside of the laboratory.

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Ludy Benjamin, Jr. holds an endowed chair and endowed professorship in the Department of Psychology at Texas A and M University where he has taught for the past 23 years. Trained as an experimental psychologist, his principal area of scholarship today is the history of American psychology, especially the applications of psychology in business, education, and clinical settings. He has written 14 books and more than 100 articles, most of those on historical subjects. He is a past president of two divisions of the American Psychological Association: History of Psychology and Teaching of Psychology. Benjamin has also received recognition for his teaching with awards from his university and from the American Psychological Association.


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Benjamin, Ludy T., Baker, David
Published by Wadsworth Publishing (2004)
ISBN 10: 0155042645 ISBN 13: 9780155042643
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