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Guseltseva M.S. Book review. The Cambridge Handbook of the Intellectual History of Psychology. Eds. R. Sternberg & Pickren W. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019

Marina S. Guseltseva, Sc.D. (Psychology), Associate professor, Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia; bld. 9–4, Mokhovaya str., Moscow, Russia, 125009; mguseltseva@mail.ru

An overview of nineteen chapters of The Cambridge Handbook of the Intellectual History of Psychology (2019) is offered. The chapters are written by leading experts from universities in North America, as well as Australia and Western Europe. The Cambridge Handbook is addressed to both students and professional psychologists. It presents materials on the methodology of psychology, the main paradigms and psychological approaches, the relationship of psychology and neuroscience, research in the field of sensation and perception, attention and memory, motivation and emotions, intelligence and creativity, learning and decision making, problems of development, gender, personality, key issues of social psychology, abnormal psychology and health psychology. The editors of the collection are convinced that it is impossible to understand modern psychology without first getting acquainted with its history. Each of the thematic chapters of The Cambridge Handbook contains a brief history of ideas in the relevant field of psychology, as well as an analysis of the sociocultural context in which these ideas arose and evolved. Comprehending the current state of psychology, the authors of one of the chapters note that the evidence of psychological knowledge is more guaranteed by the nature of its methodology, rather than theoretical constructions. Most modern psychologists adhere to a problem-oriented approach and are guided by interdisciplinary projects. Since the 1990s there is an increase in the use of qualitative methods in psychological publications as a sign of the return of psychology to its fundamental philosophical foundations, since the blind use of quantitative methods does not take into account the complexity of the reality under study. Modern psychology can also be characterized as a transnational and transdisciplinary studies.

Key words: intellectual history of psychology, psychology methodology, personality, social psychology, neuroscience, abnormal psychology, health psychology

For citation: Guseltseva, M.S. (2022). Book review. The Cambridge Handbook of the Intellectual History of Psychology. Eds. R. Sternberg & Pickren W. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. New Psychological Research, No. 3, 231–249. DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2022_02_03_11

keywords: intellectual history of psychology, psychology methodology, personality, social psychology, neuroscience, abnormal psychology, health psychology

received 29 September 2022

published 29 September 2022

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