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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 1.1: History of Psychology

Unit

Topics to be covered

Teaching Hrs.

Domain

I Origins of Scientific psychology: Early Psychology

Animism, religion and science

Science in Indian and Greek thought

Experimental physiology, brain functions and methods

Empiricism and associationism 

History ofScience

James Mill and John Stuart Mill – Short biographies

12

2

2

4

 

4

 

 

Must know

 

 

Desirable to know

Nice to know

II Beginnings of Psychology as Science

Psychophysics – Weber, Fechner,Helmholtz

Structuralism – Wundt, Titchner

Behaviorism – Watson, Skinner; Gestalt – Wertheimer, Kohler

Psychoanalysis – Freud 

School versus system approach

 Secondary methods of psychophysics

15

4

4

4

3

 

Must know

  

 

 

Desirable to know

Nice to know

III Other schools and approaches

Functionalism – William James, Angell, Harvey Carr

Phenomenology and Humanism – Maslow and Rogers

Cognitive Neuroscience – Modern psychology, recent advances

Evolutionary Psychology – Theory of evolution, genetic basis of behavior, and ethology.

Profiling of a self actualized person

Observation of  animalbehavior

13

2

4

3

4

 

 

 

Must know

 

 

 

Desirable to know

Nice to know

 

Syllabus Books:

  1. The Brown reference group (2002). History of Psychology. The Grange: Rochester.
  2. Chaplin, J.P. &Krawiec, T.S. (1979). Systems and Theories of Psychology. Holt: New York.
  3. Leahey, T.A. (2000). A history of Psychology: Main currents in psychological thoughts, 5th Prentice Hall: New Jersey.

Reference Books:

  1. Brock, C. (2006). Internationalizing the History of Psychology. NY: New York University Press.
  2. Kimble, A. & Schlesinger, K. (1985). Topics in the History of Psychology – Vol. 1. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  3. Klein, B. (1970). A History of Scientific Psychology: Its Origins and Philosophical Backgrounds. Basic Books.
  4. Munger, P. (2003). The History of Psychology: Fundamental Questions. London: Oxford University Press
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