Introduction to Psychology for the past 50 years is one of the best textbooks in the world. The book contains the course of introduction to psychology which is well structured, has clear presentation and balanced language. This modern American textbook gives a clear idea of different schools and areas of development of psychology, reveals major issues of general and social, experimental and clinical psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, developmental psychology, personality psychology, and school psychology. The book is replete with scientific facts, descriptions of experiments and laboratory works, as well as richly illustrated. Students and specialists will meet here for the first time a representative reflection of the experience of Western psychology in general, and thus better able to imagine a balance of power in this field of knowledge.
As many readers know, Ernst (Jack) Hilgard was the sole author of the first edition of this book, published in 1953. Professor Hilgard taught very popular administration courses in psychology at the universities of Yale and Stanford in 1928, and publishers were persuading for decades to write a textbook. He finally did it when he left the post of chairman of the psychology department at Stanford in 1951 to become the dean of the graduation department at Stanford. In addition, Hilgard thought that this area of science is ready for a new introductory textbook, partly because the last edition of Robert Woodworth, which was mainly used in the field, was published in 1947.
One of the ways Professor Hilgard aroused interest among students was an appeal in the first chapter of the book to the problems of developmental psychology, including the age of most students. He also more than anyone else has given attention to the application of psychology to personal and social problems. He knew that students were interested in the subject of clinical and advising psychologists, as well as psychologists, who study the problem of professional activity and production work. Thus Hilgard felt that students would be stronger motivated to explore the basic concepts of psychology, if they understand how to apply them to solve important problems. Hilgard also introduced special sections in the book, where controversial issues were discussed in detail, which was a completely new feature for psychology textbooks.
Hilgard sought to provide a comprehensive and rigorous review of current theories and research in psychology. He achieved this goal by offering a bigger educational material than previous introductory books, but describing it in a language so that students were could understand it.
Introduction to Psychology for the past 50 years is one of the best textbooks in the world. The book contains the course of introduction to psychology which is well structured, has clear presentation and balanced language.