The Science of Human Nature is a comprehensive introduction to psychology from the standpoint of an educator. Pyle examines the nature and purpose of psychology and the potential this science has for education and for other aspects of life. Due to the emphasis on education, this text is replete with useful and practical knowledge on how to learn and to teach. Economical study methods, the laws of attention and retention, and the means of practical habit formation are but a few of the subjects that are examined in detail. Education is an attempt to utilize the plasticity inherent in the human being to instill desirable and effective reactions to the various situations in life. It is a means to maximize one's potential and refine one's thinking processes. Pyle examines how an understanding of psychology may be used to streamline this process both for the student and for the educator.
A summary precedes the narration of the full text and includes a brief biography of the author and background information on the text. It also includes an overview, a synopsis, and an analysis. Concluding the summary is a section that examines the historical context, criticism, and social impact of the work. This is a must-hear for educators, students of psychology, and anyone who wishes to utilize an understanding of psychology to enhance their capacity to learn.