Psychology 301: Journal Questions
For Harris article:
What function does the history of psychology typically serve in
Psychology departments? Explain.
What does Harris mean by the following: “Origin myth,” “Revisionism,”
and “New” or “Critical” history. How are these related to each other?
How did the revisionists commit some of the same mistakes as the people
What is Harris’ advice to students who are studying the history of
Questions for Chapter 1: See “Discussion Questions” at end of chapter 1 –
answer #8, 10, and 22.
Questions for Chapter 2: Answer “Discussion Questions” #10, 16, 17, 20,
Questions for Chapter 4:
1. Summarize the theological and scientific implications of Copernicus’ heliocentric
2. Discuss the implications for psychological thought of Galileo’s distinction
between primary and secondary qualities.
3. How would you describe most people’s relationship to religion in this chapter?
4. Could Psychology have existed in the Middle Ages? Why or why not?
5. Is Psychology heretical? From a psychological point of view, do you need God or
religion to be a happy, healthy, and fulfilled person?
Questions for Chapter 5:
1. How is psychology and psychological research bound up in a “social contract” (as
outlined by Hobbes) with government and other political and economic interests?
What effect does such an arrangement have on the field of psychology?
2. How is Locke’s version of primary and secondary qualities different and more
“empirical” than Galileo’s?
3. Answer questions 1, 10, 12, and 37 at the end of chapter 5.
Questions for Chapter 6:
1. What are the main differences between the rationalists and the empiricists in the
17th and 18th Centuries?
2. According to Leibniz, the mind (the rational monad) can perceive something but
not be aware of it – explain.
3. Using Locke and Hegel as examples, what are some examples of how North
American psychology has been much more influenced by the empirical tradition
than the rationalist tradition?
4. Explain Spinoza’s distinction between emotion and passion with an example.
Comment on the text’s portrayal of Spinoza as a “pre-Freudian.” What are some
consequences of constructing such a connection?
Questions for Ch. 8
Do “chapter review” questions #1, 15, 21, & 26
Questions for Ch. 9
Do “chapter review” questions #3, 11, 15, & 20
Danziger (2) articles:
1. Explain what Danziger means when he describes the origins of psychology as a
2. What have we learned from our re-assessment of Wundt? Contrast Wundt’s
psychology with that of (mainstream) North America.
3. What are some differences in the ways German and American psychologies were