Wilhelm Wuundt: The Father Of Experimental Psychology

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Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) was a German native, who studied philosophy but had a huge role to play in the future of experimental psychology. This essay shall provide evidence to why Wilhelm Wundt is seen to be the father of experimental psychology. Wundt is considered the father of experimental psychology due to his separation of psychology and philosophy, experimental psychology and social psychology. (McLeod (2008)) He was first person who had an interest in psychology to set up a lab, in 1879 in Leipzig. This essay will show how structuralism and introspection ultimately failed but still influenced modern psychologists greatly. Lastly, the impact that Wundt had on modern experimental psychology and how it progressed due to his students prospering in life. While, Wundt was heavily critiqued, this essay will discuss how he still impacted experimental psychology. Wundt was a German philosopher; his antecedent influence was Hermann von Helmholtz whom was also a philosopher with many other interests.in psychophysics. (Kenrick, D T (2017) Who Was Psychology 's First True Genius? Retrieved at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sex-murder-and-the-meaning-life/201703/whowas-psychologys-first-true-genius ) Helmholtz was a very important character for psychology as he progressed with the findings of the nervous system and developed the theory of colour vision. In 1858, the young Wundt came to Helmholtz to become his assistant, therefore, Helmholtz was his antecedent influence as he
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