Origins of Psychology


The Origins of Psychology:

The first Psychologist:

Willhelm Wundt was the first person to be reffered to as a psychologist. Wundt viewed psychology as a scientific study of conscious experience and he studied this view using introspection.

  • Willhelm Wundt (1832-1920) was a German scientist who was the first person to be reffered to as a psychologist.
  • His famous book entitled 'Principles of Physiological Psychology' was published in 1873.

Wundt's view of Psychology:

  • Wundt viewed Psychology as a scientific study of conscious experience. 
  • He believed that there were two goals of psychology.

1. To identify components of consciousness.

2. To identify how those components combined to result in our conscious experience.


  • Introspection was reffered to by Wundt as "internal perception".
  • Introspection is a process by which an individual examines their own conscious experience.
  • This process makes the human mind like any other aspect of nature that a scientist observes.

Wundt's version of Introspection:

Introspection was used by Wundt to examine his view of psychology. Wundt's version of introspection has very specific conditions to make sure a scientific result is produced.

  • The version of introspection that Wundt proposed use very scientific experimental conditions.
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