Daniel N. Robinson
- Title: The Great Ideas of Psychology (Great Courses, #660)
- Author: Daniel N. Robinson
- ISBN: 9781565853683
- Page: 391
- Format: Audio CD
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Daniel Robinson is my favorite Great Courses lecturer. His wit, humility, and brainpower bring a fun edge to every half hour in this 48 lecture series on the history and philosophy of psychology. The lectures begin in Ancient Greece when humanity first began a systematic evaluation of our behavior. In each installment, Robinson puts the listener into the social context that gave rise to ideas about psychology that we dismiss today (eg phrenology, behaviorism). Suddenly, one realizes that modern [...]
An amazing summary of the history of psychology and the main ideas that have arised throughout the ages. It starts with ancient Greece, and most importantly: why it starts there and not somewhere even older. It asks if psychology is a science and also what science is. The author is also the narrator, which has a nice speaking voice and an entertaining way of speaking. He doesn't involve his personal opinions unless to say that he doesn't believe there might be an answer to certain questions ("is [...]
I was disappointed in this class as it seemed more to be a philosophy course than a way to treat psychological problems. I have heard other courses by Daniel N Robinson and this one he used some of the same stories he used on the Brain. This is a 48 lesson course so it takes time to listen. It wasn't what I was looking for.
Fascinating set of lectures I have always wanted to know more about Psychology and this was an excellent first step.
Not what I expectedIt's primarily a philosophy/history of psychology course. It was well told and interesting, just not what I expected.
listened as an audible (mostly walking to work)Humorous lecturer :)from Aristotle through the Milgrom experiments, learned a lot
Interesting account of ideas in the history of psychology
Dr. Robinson walks us through a vast landscape of psychology, beginning in the modern day, and shifting focus to the past as necessary. The lectures sparkle with helpful insights into the history of psychology, and critical thinking. The wealth of biographical information is engaging and illuminating, as are Robinson's descriptions of the experimental work performed. His delivery is masterful, and perhaps the most important reason to listen to this work. There is no way I could've—or would hav [...]
college level lectures from past APA philosophical, theoretical and historical divisions president. Not exactly a book. On the other hand, these are EXCELLENT lectures that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in psychology.One of the best lecturers I have ever listened to -- I've probably listened to some of the lectures a dozen times now.His take on Freud is quite different from other sources. And I think this course complements Hergenhahn's textbook quite well. His approach, as you w [...]
5 Stars is a rare rating for me.He's clear, humourful, refers deftly but not too frequently back to earlier lectures where relevant. I would have happily travelledto listen to him in person.The delivery was a little slow, so I used 1.25x speed when listening.He's a little smug, uses the phrase "and the like" too frequently and is overly amused by the fact that he's 40 years older than his audience but I decided not to ding him for those small eccentricities as he put things in context so well, e [...]
I thought this was an excellent series of lectures on psychology.This 48 lecture series covers a broad range of ideas within psychology. There is a great mix of philosophy and history scattered throughout the series as well. Daniel N. Robinson has a great voice for this medium.I completely understand the criticism of some of the other reviews. Robinson's lecture style is a bit academic and it certainly isn't for everyone. This isn't the kind of series that you can listen to while you work out or [...]
I wrote a longer review on my iPad and accidentally touched the screen, losing the whole thing. Rrrr! Regardless, this is an excellent series of lectures on the philosophy and history of psychology. The lecturer is intriguing and engaging. He clearly has thought through this material very thoroughly. This is miles above the drivel most psychologists put out. The field is in disparate need of people with the kind of reasoning chops Dr. Robinson possesses. I highly recommend these lectures for tho [...]
Robinson's in-depth analysis matches his wit and usual oratorical skill. His ability to convey the nuances of both sides of an issue while coming down on one side with pathos and ethos is unmatched. Rarely are academicians able to assess their interlocutors with grace as well as bold critical evaluation. Here is where I gain an example for academic life. Not only intellectually stimulating but a joy to engage in and I am all the more grateful for the experience.
Good overview, but a little less in the specifics of how the mind actually works - for instance in the section on violence, I was expecting something along the lines of "this stimuli causes this part of the brain to react, releasing this hormone or impulse which causes" but was give broad generalizations and a greater focus on aberrant cases as opposed to the anger which everyone feels from time to time. The same was true for most other sections of the work.
Very interesting stuff. Dr. Robinson is funny and makes what could be really dry subject matter very entertaining to listen to. I like that this series is presented in a way that doesn't say "this is the truth about how the mind works". Rather, it says "this is how we believe the mind works and here are three reasons. Also, these are the limitations. Also, more work needs to be done."
A simply marvelous lecture series that covers the true breadth of psychological study both for the layman and deep enough for the advanced. At minimum the lectures provide a succinct and coherent explanation of a great many psychological research topics such that even if one has heard some of the information before there is still much to be gleaned from listening.
I listened to Parts II and III (not Part I or Part IV). Robinson is good when he stays at a high level (e.g his discussion of Piaget was excellent). Robinson's extensive detail on various experiments and research findings and obscure personages of minor note was deadly. While highly articulate, his professorial manner of talking seemed overdone and was distracting.
from the librarymost of my objections to psychology were covered and supported in this set!~!!!Much of tests and measurements were developed to keep racial minorities out of first class citizenshiped to do a review of each of 8 lectures.
I'm a fan of Professor Robinson. A most interesting man, this isn't your typical Psych 101 summary. More Philosophy than Psychology, part history, a great starting point for someone without a strong Psychology background.
Fantastic overview of psychology.
Didn't catch my interest
Robinson is fantastic. Well worth the time.
Gifted teacher. Hours of great ideas well presented.
This was a fantastic introduction to a score of influential philosophers. I found myself stopping to write down nuggets of truth and people to research more about. Highly recommended.
Good text and information. Liked it very much. But I find Daniel Robinson hard to understand sometimes.
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