Wilhelm Wundt

Father of Modern Psychology

HOW DID WILHELM WUNDT INFLUENCE PSYCHOLOGY?

He established what is known as the first psychology lab, and for "structuralism introspection".

SOME EARLY STUFF

After getting a medical degree from the U. of Heidelberg, Wundt joined the staff and worked under Hermann van Helmholtz, the physicist and psychologist. Sometime during this time period Wundt taught his first course in psychology.


PSYCHOLOGY

Wundt was able to use his background in physiology to teach psychology. In 1871, started writing Principals of Physiological Psychology.


FIRST LABORATORY

The first psychology laboratory in the world was originally a storage room.


STRUCTURALISM

Wundt's belief in analyzing and recording thoughts and sensations and interpreting them (introspection) could break the mind down to its most basic elements.


WELL THEN...

Supposedly he'd been told to leave school and become a mailman.


SOURCES

Cherry, K. (n.d.). Structuralism and Functionalism. About.com Psychology. Retrieved January 10, 2014, from http://psychology.about.com/od/historyofpsychology/a/structuralism.htm


Horton, M. (2012, March 3). Wilhelm Wundt's Contribution Towards Psychology.Sciences 360. Retrieved January 10, 2014, from http://www.sciences360.com/index.php/wilhelm- wundts-contribution-towards- psychology-3455/


Tuscaderro, P. (2012, October 4). Physiological Psychology: An Overview of Wilhelm Wundt. The Pinki Perspective. Retrieved January 10, 2014, from http://pinkituscaderro.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/william-wundt-father-of- psychology/