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Psychology: an introductory textbook.

Author: Calvin S Hall
Publisher: Cleveland, H. Allen [1960]
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"In writing this book I have tried to bear in mind that it should be intellectually exciting for the beginning student. I have avoided making a handbook of facts, a dictionary of psychological terms, an American Psychological Association directory, or a picture magazine. My purpose is to stimulate a discussion of ideas about man and the kinds of operations psychologists perform in trying to verify their ideas about  Read more...
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Hall, Calvin S. (Calvin Springer), 1909-1985.
Psychology: an introductory textbook.
Cleveland, H. Allen [1960]
(DLC) 60010141
(OCoLC)194200
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Calvin S Hall
OCLC Number: 561524612
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (640 pages) illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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"In writing this book I have tried to bear in mind that it should be intellectually exciting for the beginning student. I have avoided making a handbook of facts, a dictionary of psychological terms, an American Psychological Association directory, or a picture magazine. My purpose is to stimulate a discussion of ideas about man and the kinds of operations psychologists perform in trying to verify their ideas about man. I want the beginning student to feel as I do: that psychology is a serious and significant branch of knowledge; that it has a great many important things to say about man; and that what it deals with touches his life at every moment of his existence. I have tried to say much about a representative group of subjects rather than say something, however little, about a wide variety of topics. This has been done in the hope that a broader discussion of fewer things will result in better understanding. Only in rare instances do I present findings obtained from animal research. The beginning student resents the psychologist's preoccupation with maze-running rats and drooling dogs. He fails to see the relevance between the behavior of a rat learning a maze and his own behavior in solving a problem. I think it is better to by-pass the student's resistance and use the findings of experiments with human beings. Finally, I would like to point out that this book does not deviate from the traditional subject areas of beginning psychology. It deals with basic psychological processes and the determiners of behavior"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

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