History of Psychology
[Last revised December 4, 2017]
This is an ADVANCED course if taken for the Psychology Major. For the course to count as an advanced course in the major, you need to have had the prerequisites — 5 courses in psychology. This is a Writing Intensive Course
William M. Mace
Office: Life Sciences 217
Office Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
and especially by Appointment
Hilgard, Ernest R. (1987). Psychology in America: A Historical Survey. On reserve in the library. You should get to the library as soon as possible to get familiar with what you can find in this book. One of the best resources for your paper. As a bonus, I have made a copy of the huge list of references and now give you a link to that.
Grades will be based on written work and class participation. Class participation 15%, Quizzes 25%, and 60% written work (semester project).
Class participation will be based on attendance, your willingness to talk in class, and performance on the full range of assignments that I’ll call “homework.”
Scheduled quizzes may be necessary to make sure you are keeping up.
Your main written work for the semester will be a series of papers on a topic drawn from our series of suggestions. These really will be successive stages of one paper, but each stage will require a serious effort and will be graded.
The assignments and dates due are these:
Due Date: September 21. The first paper topic should be selected.
Due Date: October 12. The Full Proposal plus complete bibliography to be turned in. 10% of final grade.
Due Date:November 9. The First Full Draft of the paper is due. 10% of Final Grade
Due Date:November 30. Second draft of paper due. 15% of Final Grade.
Due Date:December 19 Final Draft of Paper Due. 25% of Final Grade.
Finishing the course Last Day of Classes
Finishing the cognitive revolution — Piaget and cognitive development
Lab vs “Real World”
|Quiz I||Oct. 3||5%|
|Quiz II||Oct. 19||5%|
|Quiz III||Nov. 2||5%|
|Quiz IV||Nov. 14||5%|
|Quiz V||Nov. 30||5%|
Schedule of Classes
|DATE||READING FOR CLASS||TOPIC DESCRIPTION|
|Our course “map” If you don’t see this open, check your Downloads and open in Excel.
See Moodle for assigned article for Thursday discussion.
Questions to answer for Thursday class –due on Moodle Wednesday night 10 pm
|Notice in the column to the left (middle column) that you have TWO assignments to complete before Thursday’s class: (1) Answering the short set of questions linked there, and (2) Reading the “sample” history issue article by Diehl on Moodle.|
|Reading for class discussion: Diehl on Moodle.||Discussion of questions submitted last night
Discussion of model paper about issues in history of psychology.
| Class 3
|Discussion of questions submitted last Wednesday night
Discussion of model papers about issues in history of psychology.
| Class 4
|Weimer — Plato and Chomsky Psycholinguistics and Plato’s Paradoxes of the Meno. American Psychologist, 1973, 28, 15-33.
Read: Aristotle’s Psychology
|Plato and Aristotle|
| Class 5 September 19
||Review to now
Required reading:General remarks introducing Kuhn by Kentucky Professor
|Today’s topic is Philosophy of Science
|Class 6 September 21||Karl Popper as background for Kuhn.
* Added to include key Descartes phrase –“I think therefore I am” in English. “Cogito ergo sum” in Latin.
|Begin Descartes — who else was a rationalist?
Rationalism, Mechanism, Mind-Body dualism
Deadline for paper topic selection
|Class 7 September 26||See Moodle for brand new article on Descartes
Tabula rasa entry in Wikipedia is good
|British empiricism 1
Primary and secondary qualities
|Class 8 September 28||Hume Treatise of Human Nature. Book I, Part IV, Section 2.|| Locke — Berkeley — Hume
Review — key phrases associated with thinkers.
|Class 9 October 3||Quiz 1|
|Class 10 October 5||One of many places to find Newton’s 3 laws of motion
Summary of Kant’s argument in Critique of Pure Reason
Oct. 9-10 Trinity Days WORK ON PAPERS
|Class 11 October 12||Read paper about Thomas Reid on Moodle
Paper on phrenology by Bakan on Moodle.
|Last day to withdraw from classes
Thomas Reid — Known for “Scottish common sense realism” and “faculty” psychology.
Full 500 word Proposal plus complete bibliography Due
|Class 12 October 17||
“Brain” people. Note Gall, then Fechner, Helmholtz, Müller
|Class 13 October 19||Quiz 2||Trinity College Mid Term is Oct. 23. In other words, you are half way through the semester.|
|Class 14 October 24||Overview of Wundt
Wundt intro in the Classics
|Wundt related words: consciousness, introspection, sensation, elements (chemistry), apperception, physiological psychology; experimental psychology; stimulus error (Titchener).
|Class 15 October 26||G. Stanley Hall’s interpretation of the history at the time.|
|Darwin, James and Functionalism|
||First full draft of paper due a week from Thursday!|
|Class 17 November 2||Quiz 3
“Real” IQ testing — Binet, Terman. Mental age, Chronological age, IQ. Problems?
| Galton on prayer — go to galton.org. Click on “collected works” in yellow on blue menu bar. Then, 6 lines down, click on “lists of published works.” Then, in the journal column, find the paper in 1872.
Remember Galton for “Nature vs. Nurture.”
Cattell follows Galton
|Class highlights of James
| Class 19
November 9 and Class 20 November 14
|James material repeated
|First full draft of paper due
Pavlov Watson Hull Skinner
Watson as obvious heir of Locke. See also the Wikipedia page on John B. Watson
|Freud and Clinical Psychology|
| Class 21
Freud and Clinical Psychology
Fancher on Clark meeting
Witmer –– First clinic; Kraeplin (Wundt also); Zilboorg — Medical psychology, IOL
Boulder Model — see paper on Moodle
Psychology and Psychoanalysis — see paper on Moodle by Hornstein, “Return of the Repressed.”
|Women in Psychology|
| Class 22
| Read:Furumoto & Scarborough 1986
Women in U.S. psychology [APA]
|African Americans in Psychology|
| Class 23
|Women continued||Classic reference —Even the Rat was White by Robert V. Guthrie
African Americans in psychology — G. Stanley Hall again.
Sumner => Kenneth and Mamie Phipps Clark
| Class 24
Read:Intro from our Classics set
Classics collection on Gestalt psychology
Michael Bach displays that include many Gestalt effects.
Gestalt “Family Tree” from Barry Smith
|Henle– Gestalt therapy is NOT Gestalt psychology|
|Behaviorism and the Cognitive Revolution|
| Class 25
|Guiding notes for today’s class
Woodworth — Psychological Review, 50, 1943, 10-32
Kendler — “Blind Alley” ?
Readings from Baars, The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology, are on Moodle site. Read: Chapters 4 and 5 and the interviews with Jenkins and Chomsky.
|The Woodworth paper is to keep us “honest.” What are MOST psychologists doing? Variety.|
| Class 26
|Continuing section guide
Finishing the course
Final Paper Due Tuesday December 19 (scheduled Final Exam Day)