The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Modern Psychology

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Modern Psychology

Contemporary psychology is characterized by complexity of ideas, multiple modes of investigation, and an incredible diversity of topics. The history of psychology provides us with the necessary foundation for understanding our current science and profession, while also revealing alternative paths and suggesting new directions. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Psychology addresses multiple facets of the historical development of psychology. Included are the range of theory, methods, and tools that have guided the emergence of the scientific discipline of psychology gradually as it emerged in the last third of the 19th century. The in-depth scholarly articles cover topics and are written by authors drawn from around the world, yielding insights and understanding from multiple cultural and intellectual traditions. All of the articles appear online as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.

Volume Editor

Wade Pickren, Independent Scholar

Associate Editors

 Peter Hegarty, University of Surrey

 Cheryl Logan, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro

 Wahbie Long, University of Cape Town

 Petteri Pietikainen, University of Oulu

 Alexandra Rutherford, York University


Historiography: Metatheoretical Approaches to the History of Psychology

Diverse Cultures, Diverse Origins

Methods and Measurement in the History of Psychology

Foundations of Scientific Psychology

Selves and Subjectivities

Minds, Bodies, Brains





The Person in Psychology

Order and Disorder in Psychological Functioning

Practices of Psychology

Non-Human Animals and the History of Psychology

Spatial and Material Culture of Psychology

Histories of Indigenous and Post-Colonial Psychologies

Psychology and the Political



A History of Pavlovian Science (Gabriel Ruiz, Natividad Sánchez)
Animal Cognition (Sarah Krichbaum, Adam Davila, Lucia Lazarowski, Jeffrey S. Katz)
Animal Communication (Michael D. Beecher)
Creating Subjects (Rhodri Hayward)
Creativity (Liane Gabora)
Decolonial Perspectives on Psychology and Development (Glenn Adams, Annabella Osei-Tutu, Adjeiwa Akosua Affram)
Ethics (Alan C. Tjeltveit)
The Genetic Epistemology of Jean Piaget (Jeremy Trevelyan Burman)
Gestalt Psychology (Horst Gundlach)
Gordon Allport (Raymond E. Fancher)
Historical Psychology (Noemi Pizarroso Lopez)
History of Chinese Indigenous Psychology (Olwen Bedford, Kuang-Hui Yeh)
History of Evidence-Based Practice (Scott O. Lilienfeld, Candice Basterfield)
History of Mental Disorders (German E. Berrios, Ivana S. Marková)
History of Mindfulness and Psychology (Elli Weisbaum, Shauna Shapiro)
The History of Psychology in Brazil (Regina Helena de Freitas Campos)
Imprinting as Social Learning (Timothy D. Johnston)
Indigenization of Behavior Analysis in Brazil (Rodrigo Lopes Miranda, Jaqueline Andrade Torres, Roberta Garcia Alves, Sérgio Dias Cirino)
Intersectionality and the History of Psychology (Alexandra Rutherford, Tal Davidson)
Judgment and Decision Making (Priscila G. Brust-Renck, Rebecca B. Weldon, Valerie F. Reyna)
Marxist Influences in Psychology (Tuomas Laine-Frigren)
Professionalization of Psychology in the Nordic Countries (Petteri Pietikainen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh)
Psychoanalysis in Argentina (Hugo Klappenbach, Antonio Gentile, Fernando Ferrari, Hernan Scholten)
Psychology and Neoliberalism (Jennifer Clegg, Richard Lansdall-Welfare)
Psychology and Race in Racialized Societies (Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor, Michael R. Winston)
Qualitative inquiry (Jeanne Marecek, Eva Magnusson)
Self-Observation in Psychology (Donald V. Brown Jr., Karyna Pryiomka, Joshua W. Clegg)
Sexual Health and Sexual Behavior (Sebastian E. Bartos)
Situating Mental Disorders in Cultural Frames (G.E. Jarvis, Laurence J. Kirmayer)
Social Development (Ross D. Parke)
The Social Psychology of Sex and Gender (Peter Hegarty, Emma Sarter)
Studying Development in Mid-20th Century America (Ann Johnson, Elizabeth Johnston)
The Medicalization of Stress (Vanessa L. Burrows)
Vygotsky and the Cultural Historical Approach to Human Development (Ekaterina Zavershneva, René van der Veer)
William James and the Role of Psychology in Philosophy (Saulo de Freitas Araujo, Lisa M. Osbeck)