The History Of Psychology

The History Of Psychology

The History of Psychology

Since the beginning of time it has been the nature of man to be inquisitive and
curious about the ways and behaviors of his species. Psychology, being the scientific
study of mental and behavioral processes, can be non-scientifically traced back centuries
to eras when philosophy was a prime school of thought. People have invariably been
trying to interpret human behavior, but it wasn?t until people started applying experiment
to psychological issues, did it become acknowledged and recorded. There are several
significant figures who are responsible for the history of the study of psychology.
Psychology became recognized as a formal academic discipline when William
Wundt founded a laboratory for psychological study in Germany in 1879. Wundt is often
called the ?father of psychology? for this reason. His laboratory studies were in concepts
such as sensory processes, perception, attention span, and reaction time, which are all
principles of consciousness. The principles of consciousness were Wundt?s specialty and
he sought out to observe the guidelines intertwining these principles. Wundt believed
that sensations, such as coldness, hotness, or numbness were the basics of consciousness
and when combined they produce perception. Observation of the conscious requires an
element of study called introspection, looking into ones self conscious encounters and
telling about them,

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