Psychology Textbook Comparison Essay

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The 1960s were a decade full of national dread and uncertainty; however, times of distress have offered unlimited information on human behavior within the field of psychology. Textbooks written on psychology can provide a window into the spirit of the times; Psychology: An Introduction (Kagan and Havemann, 1968) and Psychology: An Introduction (Lahey, 2004) will be used to evaluate the changing nature of the science. To provide a clear picture of these decades, the undergraduates expected to enroll into general psychology classes and use these textbooks must be profiled. Next, the structure of the classes will be speculated as a means to explore possible subject matters relevant to psychological research at the time. Finally, the two …show more content…
Universities needed to expand quickly in order to accommodate their rising numbers. These new undergraduates arrived on campus clad in bell bottoms, love beads, and head bands waiting for the opportunity to prove their importance to society and make their new viewpoints known. These baby boomers were submersed in anti-war songs, such as I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish, and questions about human nature. Protests for civil rights and against the war, ranging from peaceful sit-ins to violent barricades, began to spread across the nations’ college campuses as the 1960s progressed. By 1968, students at Columbia University and UC, Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement had staged multiple protests resulting in hundreds of arrests (Churney, 1979). This means that the average undergraduate preparing to take an introduction to psychology course and read Psychology: An Introduction was searching for answers to support their protests, explain the war, understand race relations, and provide some insight on all human behavior. Modern college campuses may not be littered in protest signs and post-protest debris but there are certain similarities present between current undergraduates and baby boomers in the 60s. The most obvious similarity is the presence of a current military operation oversees; however, we are not threatened by the possibility of a draft. Nevertheless, a

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