A Concise History of Modern Psychology has been shaped by the feedback of over 2,000 students. It is an ideal introduction to the fascinating historical development of the field of psychology. The text incorporates a variety of noteworthy readings from great minds in the field, showing readers how psychology emerged as an independent discipline in the late 18th century and illustrating how contemporary psychology reached its current state. It covers both the philosophical and physiological foundations and schools of thought central to psychology.
The comprehensive, yet concise nature of this text gives students the opportunity to sample works that created the intellectual and scientific foundations for the field, without needing to consult additional resources. It can stand alone or work as background material for distance education and web-based courses.
Ronald Bevill McCarver, Ph.D. received his undergraduate training at Rhodes College with a major in psychology and a minor in philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in developmental disabilities at the University of Alabama in 1971. Dr. McCarver has published several noteworthy articles and chapters in the area of developmental disabilities. His focus soon shifted to applied areas and he now has over 45 years of experience providing direct services to developmentally disabled and seriously mentally ill people. He has also taught numerous courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at several universities in Louisiana, North Carolina and Alabama. He currently has a private practice in forensic psychology and behavior therapy and continues to study and teach the history of psychology.