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

Great Psychologists and Their Times

Scientific Insights into Psychology's History

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Great Psychologists and Their Times is the first comprehensive compilation of research on the factors that contribute to great psychologists' impact on the discipline. The author examines those individuals who have contributed most to the advancement of psychological science from a scientific perspective -- especially from the standpoint of psychological science. The book integrates all of the relevant research on the psychology of eminent psychologists, from the pioneering work of Francis Galton to work published in the 21st century. Chapters are rich in examples drawn from the lives and careers of notable psychologists, examining such issues as birth order, psychopathology, and intellectual precocity. Of particular interest are chapters exploring what aspects of the sociocultural context are most conducive to the emergence of illustrious psychologists and how these sociocultural conditions -- including political events, economic disturbances, or cultural values -- affect not only the magnitude of achievement but also the very nature of that achievement. The findings reviewed lead to suggestions about how best to educate and train both undergraduate psychology majors and graduate students in psychology. This book will be a useful resource for all psychologists, scientists, and historians who are willing to ponder the provocative overlap between psychology, science, and history.

Prefacep. ix
The Scientific History of Psychologyp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Eminence in Psychologyp. 5
History and Sciencep. 15
Lifetime Output of Psychologists and Their Impact on the Fieldp. 31
Introductionp. 33
Individual Differences in Greatnessp. 35
Longitudinal Changes in Creativityp. 67
The Creative Product in Psychologyp. 103
Personal Characteristics That Contribute to Greatness as a Psychologistp. 119
Introductionp. 121
Cognitionp. 123
Dispositionp. 155
Worldviewp. 171
Life Span Development of Great Psychologistsp. 191
Introductionp. 193
Family Backgroundp. 195
Career Trainingp. 225
Maturity and Agingp. 253
Nature Versus Nurturep. 287
Sociocultural Context of Psychological Sciencep. 323
Introductionp. 325
Internal Milieup. 329
External Milieup. 399
Genius Versus Zeitgeistp. 427
Implications for the Field of Psychologyp. 443
Introductionp. 445
Research and Teachingp. 447
Referencesp. 471
Author Indexp. 519
Subject Indexp. 529
About the Authorp. 549
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ISBN: 9781557988966
ISBN-10: 155798896X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 554
Published: 1st March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.16