History of Psychology (Psyx 400)

 

Presentation Topics and Dates

 

Choose one of the following presentation topics.  Note that you will have to consider three things: 1) What are my preferred dates? 2) Do I want to work alone (mini-lecture) or with others (issue debate or discipline history)? 3) What topic(s) do I prefer?

 

Week

Date

Topic

Mini-lecture

Issue Debate

Discipline History

3

1/28/11

Early Psychophysics

1.     Helmholtz’s theory of color vision.

2.     Broca’s localization of language in the brain.

None

None

4

2/4/11

Germany and the Birth of a New Science

3.     Ebbinghaus’ demonstration of the forgetting curve.

4.     Kulpe on the nature of “imageless thought.”

None

None

5

2/11/11

Darwin to Instinct to Individual Differences

5.     Darwin on the evolution of facial expressions in man and animals.

1.     Which has been more important to human survival, instinct or intelligence?

 

6

2/18/11

Early Psychology in America: James, Hall, etc.

6.     Wundt on the development of mental communities.

7.     Münsterberg on equipping the Harvard laboratory.

2.     Whose views were most correct with regard to the nature-nurture issue, John Locke or Gottfried Leibniz?

 

7

2/25/11

Early Schools of Psychology: Structuralism and Functionalism

None

3.     Is the true nature of “consciousness” better describe by Edward Titchner or William James?

1.     Educational Psychology

8

3/4/11

Birth of the New Applied Psychology in America

None

4.     Is “intelligence” a genetically determined unitary trait as Goddard suggested or a hierarchy of abilities as Binet argued?

None


 

9

3/11/11

Gestalt Psychology and behaviorism's beginnings: Pavlov and Watson. 

None

5.     Is problem-solving an incremental process of learning (as Thorndike proposed) or due a sudden awareness of the structure of the problem, sometimes call “insight” (as Kohler suggested)?

2.     Sensation & Perception

 

 

 

SPRING BREAK

 

 

10

3/25/11

Later Behaviorism: Positivism, Tolman & Skinner

8.     Harlow on the motivation for physical contact and love

None

3.     Motivational Psychology

11

4/1/11

Early Clinical Psych: Pinel, Freud, Witmer

9.     Dorothea Dix on what’s wrong with mental institutions

None

4.     Psychology of Personality

12

4/8/11

Modern Psych Practice: Eysenck, Rogers (Third Force), Hawthorn studies, etc.

10.  Rogers on why we need a client centered approach to therapy

None

5.     Industrial/Organizational

Psychology

13

4/15/11

PsychologyPost WWII: Cognitive, Neuroscience, Social Action & Social Change, etc.

None

6.     Was there a “cognitive revolution” in psychology in the 1960s: Yes or No?

6.     Cognitive Psychology

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY DAY

 

 

14

4/29/11

Approaching 2000: Diversity and other modern trends

 

None

None

7.     Psychology of Gender