Psychology - Origins

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When did Wundt open his lab?
1879, in Germany.
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What did Wundt intend to study?
The nature of human consciousness.
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How did Wundt do this?
Via introspection. He and colleagues recorded their own conscious thoughts and broke them down in constituent parts (structuralism).
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How was Wundt's work scientific?
Same stimulus was used every time, with thoughts recorded under controlled conditions and standardised instructions were used.
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Why was the research criticised?
It was subjective and so general principles were difficult to establish. Watson - it looked at private processes and he believed only those observable and measurable should be studied.
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What did Wundt's resarch lead to?
The emergence of psychology as a science, as it triggered Watson to create the behaviourist approach.
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What was psychology originally?
A branch of philosophy.
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Order the theories of psychology.
Psychodynamic, Behaviourist, Humanistic, Cognitive, SLT, Biological, Cognitive neuroscience.
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