Six Perspectives
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L. Dodge Fernald
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"Dodge Fernald writes an interesting, easy-to-read book for students. Each perspective covers the historical underpinnings of psychology, ending with current models and viewpoints as well as comments and critiques of the perspective. That's important and will help the next generation of scholars in psychology to appreciate alternative views. Nice book!"

Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D,
Vincent de Paul Distinguished Professor,

Addressing six perspectives, this textbook offers the framework for a conceptual understanding of modern psychology. Psychology: Six Perspectives shows students a measure of unity and continuity within this fragmented field by briefly and coherently discussing six primary perspectives that have arisen: biological, psychoanalytical, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and evolutionary. Author L. Dodge Fernald provides coherence by presenting these perspectives in successive historical order, offering students a broad, retrospective account of psychology.

Key Features

  • Portrays the fundamental dimensions of this multifaceted field: The similarities and differences among basic concepts, theories, research, and practice of each perspective are examined.

  • Employs both a scientific mode of communication as well as a narrative thread: The real-life narrative of a lonely, stout-hearted social worker unfolds gently throughout the text, illustrating in turn each of the perspectives.

  • Stimulates critical thinking and class discussion: Opportunities for critical evaluation and everyday application provide students with a context for extending their understanding of and investigation into psychology.

Intended Audience

This core textbook or supplementary text is designed for undergraduate courses in general psychology, ranging from special sections of introductory psychology to the capstone course or senior seminar, including the history and systems of psychology.


1. An Emerging Science
The Founding of Psychology
The Work of Psychology
Scope of Modern Psychology
2. Research Methods
The Research Challenge
Experimental Methods
Descriptive Methods
Analysis of the Data
3. Biological Psychology
Origins of Biological Psychology
The Nervous System
Organization of the Brain
The Cerebral Cortex
Modern Biomedical Therapy
Commentary and Critique
4. Psychoanalysis
Background of Psychoanalysis
Structure of Personality
Development of Personality
Expressions of the Unconscious
Psychoanalysis as a Therapy
Commentary and Critique
5. Behaviorism
Beginnings of Behaviorism
Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Two-Factor Theory
Behavior Modification
Commentary and Critique
6. Humanistic Psychology
Rise of Humanistic Psychology
Three Human Characteristics
Influence of Early Experience
Philosophical and Practical Issues
Person-Centered Therapy
Commentary and Critique
7. Cognitive Psychology
Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Processes in Memory
Thought and Language
The Cognitive Therapies
Commentary and Critique
8. Evolutionary Psychology
Roots of Evolutionary Psychology
Evolution of Sexual Behavior
Adaptations in Parenting
Dispositions in Group Living
Promoting Behavioral Change
Commentary and Critique
9. Socio-Cultural Foundations
The Inevitable Human Influence
Social Psychology
Psychology and Culture
10. Psychology and Society
Multiple Bases of Behavior
The Perspectives Revisited
Psychology in the Making
Addressing six perspectives, this textbook offers the framework for a conceptual understanding of modern psychology. It examines the similarities and differences among basic concepts, theories, research, and practice, thereby portraying the fundamental dimensions in this multi-faceted field.

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