Willy James

1842-1910

Who is Willy James?

  • Author of 16 books including Principles of Psychology
  • Harvard Medical student
  • a founding member of The American Society for Psychical Research

What did he do?

  • he approached topics that were "outside of the box"
  • he took information not only from labs, but also from other sources
  • gave a new way of defining psychology
  • rejected structuralism and supported functionalism
  • put importance on emotions, self will, religions, and values

Quotes by William James

The Father Of American Psychology

Best Known For

  • Pragmatism
  • Functionalism
  • James-Lange theory of Emotion