Introduction to the History of Psychology

DB 3

Textbook reading

An Introduction to the History of Psychology (Henley, T., Hergenhahn, B. R.)

Chapter 7: Romanticism and Existentialism

Chapter 8: Physiology and Psychophysics


1) The purpose of the Self-Reflection Journals is for you to reflect on the Reading & Study material and assignments in the assigned module. A Reflection Journal can take a variety of forms; in general, students are asked to apply personal experiences and analysis of course-related material in order to enrich their understanding of course topics. Each Self-Reflection Journal must be at least 500 words to ensure adequate depth of reflection. All sources cited should be correctly cited and referenced using the APA format. The journal should not be a regurgitation of textbook material.

What the Journal Must Include:

Responses and reactions to class discussion, class readings, videos, and class activities on a topic. For example, what did you learn in Module 3 or from a peer’s group presentation?

Reflections on the concepts and activities in course reading assignments, class discussions, videos, etc.

Ideas or thoughts gained as a result of interactions with peers in class discussions or group project.

Questions remaining about a particular topic.

Examples of further reading on the topic.

Suggestions for future reading – and why they might be important.


Journal 3

2) This week you are learning about the Enlightenment thinkers and early developments in empirical sciences such as physiology, anatomy, neurology, and physics and astronomy. Post your response to the following, being sure to address all aspects of the question thoroughly and referencing appropriate learning resources to support your response.


What is existentialism? How does existentialism differ from romanticism?

What were the important aspects of Freudian psychoanalysis as anticipated by Nietzsche?

In chapter 8, which person do you think had the greatest impact on the history of psychology? Thoroughly explain and give an example.

Your initial thread must be 200-300 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge.