The Department of Psychology
HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION
or What to do When You Finish Psychology 308
Dr. David Fitzpatrick
Just in case you thought that Edna Heidbredder and I had covered all of the fun and thoughtful parts of psychology in 308: SURPRISE! Here are books that I have used in preparing the course that you will hopefully enjoy reading in the future. They are included on the basis of one single criterion: I enjoyed them, and/or I found them enlightening. As my 308 course grows and changes, so will this list. Feel free to stop in anytime for the latest edition.
Barzun, J. (1983). A Stroll with William James. New York: Harper & Roe, Publishers. A most flattering biography of James, written by an historian who clearly loved James not only for what he said, but how he said it.
Darwin, C. (1872/1975). The Expression of Emotions in Animals and Man. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. You may not do more than skip around in the text of this one, but you will spend a lot of time examining his drawings.
Gruber, Darwin on Man. I have looked high and low for my copy of this and it has eluded me. This will have to do for this edition.
Hebb, D. O. (1949/1961). Organization of Behavior: A Neuropsychological Theory. New York: Science Editions, Inc. Heast, E. (1979). The First Century of Psychology. HiIIsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Summaries of different fields in experimental psychology written by veterans in their discipline. The best collection of early pictures of psychologists between two covers.
Kimble, G. A. ( 1996). Psychology: The Hope of a Science. Cambridge, Massachusetts, The MIT Press. Kimble seems to be trying to close the twentieth century with a new school of psychology. It's a combination of behaviorism, very broadly defined, functionalism with physiology added, and operations. It also has a powerful statement about the place of a responsible science of psychology in society.
Kimble, G. A., Wertheimer, M., & White, C. L., Eds. (1991). Portraits of Pioneers of Psychology. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. A series of portraits of psychology's giants of the past, often whimsically portrayed by experts in the history and teaching of psychology. Most are based, in part, on presentations made at psychological conventions from the mid seventies to the present.
Kimble, G. A., Wertheimer, M., & White, C. L., Eds. (1996). Portraits of Pioneers of Psychology, 2. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. This follows the plan of the first volume with its subjects being perhaps a little less central to the subject matter of Psychology 308.
Sulloway, F. J. (1979). Freud: Biologist of the Mind. New York: Basic Books. This book represents the first attempt to demystify Freud and in general to show that both the man and the theory have feet of clay.
James, W. (1890). Principles of Psychology, Vols. 1 & 2. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. I've never actually had occasion to enter this in a reference section before. It's a bit humbling.
Watson, J. B. Behaviorism.
Russell. (1945). A History of Western Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster. A good solid introduction to philosophy in historical approach. Russell at no time attempts to hide his own biases in the subject.
Woodworth, W. R., & Ash, M. G. (1982). The Problematic Science: Psychology in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Praeger. There is a little something for everyone in this. Sulloway has a chapter in it that is a working outline for his book. There is also a chapter on Fechner that more than makes up for Boring's callous treatment of the man.
This list is dedicated to the memory of two friends and fine psychologists who taught me how to teach this course and with whom I had many fine discussions, arguments, and out and out battles over concepts, people and material (which we all loved or hated in our different ways) covered in Psychology 308.
Vernon Lee Kiker, Jr., Ph.D.