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The History and Science of Psychology

Monash University

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This course from Monash University traces the origins of psychology from ancient philosophy to modern times, giving us insight into the guiding principles behind the science today.


The History and Science of Psychology

The History and Science of Psychology

by Monash University


Throughout our history, humans have sought to understand not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Though we've been asking questions about ourselves and our minds for a long time, psychology as a distinct field is fairly recent.

Matthew Mundy is an associate professor of psychology at Monash University. In this course offered through FutureLearn, the instructor takes us through both the history and practice of psychology, touching on different schools such as structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, cognitivism, and psychoanalysis. From the foundations of psychology to the application of its scientific method, The History and Science of Psychology provides a broad understanding of the field while teaching critical thinking skills.

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Given the incredible diversity among the various areas of psychology, it's amazing how they can all fit together.

- Matthew Mundy

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