William James

Birth/Death

• Born January 11th, 1842. • Died August 26th, 1910.


Background

• Received Master's Degree from Harvard at age 27.

• Began teaching Psychology at Harvard at only age 33.

• Before William settled on Psychology, he attempted the following:

• Painting

• Chemistry
• Medicine/Health


Contributions to Psychology

• While teaching at Harvard, some of the most influential people in psychology were his students, such as:

Mary Whiton Calkins

Edward Thorndike

G. Stanley Hall

John Dewey

• Wrote the first Psychology book.

• With functionalism, helps people adapt to their environment


Sources

• Psychology Textbook

http://psychology.about.com/od/profilesofmajorthinkers/p/jamesbio.htm