Wundt and Introspection

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  • Created on: 07-03-19 09:23

Wundt's role in the development of psychology

  • Opened the first ever psychological lab in Leipzig, Germany in 1879
  • Was the first person to seperate psychology from philosophy - is known as the "founding father of psychology"
  • He tried to make it scientific - had controlled conditions and used the same stimulus everytime (such as ticking metronome).
  • Promoted the use of introspection as a way of studying mental processes
  • Introspection - systematic analysis of own conscious experience of a stimulus.
  • An experience was analysed in terms of its component parts e.g. sensations, emotional reaction etc. 
  • His work paved the way for later controlled research and the study of mental processes e.g. by cognitive psychologists. 
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