William James

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Life Span

  • Born on January 11, 1842
  • Died on August 26, 1842


Background

  • 2 younger brothers
  • Married to Alice Gibbens
  • Went to Harvard
  • Studied medicine
  • Wrote first psychology textbook


What he is known for

  • Functionalism: Theory emphasized the functions and consciousness or the ways consciousness helps people adapt to their environment