Wilhelm Wundt

Father of Psychology

Wilhelm Wundt

In 1879 Wilhelm Wundt opened the Institute for Experimental Psychology at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Institute for Experimental Psychology GRAND OPENING

Wednesday, Feb. 5th 1879 at 6:15pm

University of Leipzig, Germany

What did he focus on?

He was interested in consciousness and the experience and formation of sensation, images and feelings.

He focused on the internal structures of the mind and believed in view of Structuralism.

He supported experimental psychology.

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School of thought

One of his students, Edward Titchener, described Wundt’s system as Structuralism. Those in this school of thought look to identify the components of the mind and the elements of consciousness, believing that it is necessary to break the mind down into its most basic elements in order to learn about how it function. Just as a physical reaction can be seen in chemical structures, so can a conscious experience be looked at in basic elements. A method called introspection is often used, which way of monitoring and reporting data of consciousness, where basic emotions must be focused on and described in basic terms.

Principles of Physiological Psychology PUBLISHING PARTY

Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 8am

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, BW

To celebrate the publishing of the first book in psychology.
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Contribution to Psychology

Best known for establishing the first psychology lab in Leipzig, Germany. This is considered to be the beginning of psychology as a field of science which differs from philosophy and physiology. He is the first person in history to be called a psychologist.

He made psychology a different branch of science with it's own methods.

He established the psychology journal Philosophical Studies.

In his support and interest in experimental psychology he influenced the beginning of Behaviorism.