Wilhelm Wundt

Psychology Project 1


16 August 1832 – 31 August 1920

About Wilhelm Wundt

Wilhelm Wundt was a German physiologist and psychologist, who is widely credited as the founder of experimental psychology. Wundt is also acknowledged as one of the greatest and most influential psychologists of all time.

Contributions to Psychology

Wundt applied himself to writing a work that came to be one of the most important in the history of psychology, Principles Physociological Psychology in 1874. This was actually the first textbook written pertaining to the field of psychology.


He built the first psychological laboratory during his tenure as professor at the University of Leipzig in 1879.

He was inspired by Weber and Fechner working at Leipzig. They inspired his interest in neuropsychology.

What he studied

Wundt's background was in physiology, and this was reflected in the topics with which the Institute was concerned, such as the study of reaction times and sensory processes and attention. For example, participants would be exposed to a standard stimulus (e.g. a light or the sound of a metronome) and asked to report their sensations.


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  • 1832- Wilhelm Maximillian Wundt was born in Neckarau near Mannheim
  • 1852- Moved to Heidelberg where he received his medical doctorate in 1856
  • 1855- Worked with Mueller and then Helmhotz at Heidelberg
  • 1864- He was appointed professor at Heidelberg
  • 1867- Taught physiological psychology
  • 1873- He published the first volume of his main work entitled The Principles
  • of Physiological Psychology
  • 1874- He was appointed to the chair of inductive philosophy at the University of
  • Zurich
  • 1875- Appointed to the University of Leipzig, where he remained for forty-five
  • years
  • 1875- Wundt was given his first laboratory consisting of one room
  • 1879- Opened his first full laboratory with more room and equipment
  • 1883- Founded the first psychological journal under the title Philosophische
  • Studien (Philosophical Studies)
  • 1897- Was given his own building
  • 1920- Died in Grossbothen near Leipzig