Who is Regarded as the Father of Experimental Psychology?


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Samuel Chiltern answered
Wilhelm Wundt is regarded as the father of experimental psychology. In 1879, he established the world's first psychological laboratory in Leipzig, Germany.

Wundt published the first ever experimental psychology textbook in 1874, called Principles of Physiological Psychology.

Wundt wanted to establish experimental psychology as a modern academic discipline, and as a scientific subject which was entirely separate from biology.

He founded experimental psychology upon a mathematical and experimental approach, which departed from the philosophical and speculative approach to psychology that was so prevalent at the time.

The first school of thought to emerge after it was decided that psychology ought to become a scientific discipline was Structuralism. On the basis of his own work, Wundt advocated some of the formative ideas upon which this school of thought was based.

Structuralism was the first psychological approach to attempt to break down mental processes into the most basic units of sense. Wundt's ideas were later integrated into Structuralism, when it was established later on by Edward Tichener, who was a student of Wundt.

Tichener was accused of mis-representation when he came to translate Wundt's publications into English. It was alleged that Tichener added his own perspectives and interpretations, which he denied, although he'd since departed from many of Wundt's ideas.

Structuralism didn't survive long as an active school of thought after the death of Tichener. Its methods were later considered to be far too subjective, and it was superseded by the more scientifically-rigorous school of thought known as Behaviourism.
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Forest Lone answered
Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920). He was the first one to officially establish a psychological laboratory in Leipzig, Germany.

He is especially revered by psychologists because he was first person to announce, back in 1873, that he intended to make psychology a scientific discipline. His laboratory was first to have its results published in a scholarly journal.

Leipzig laboratory quickly became the go-to place for anyone who wanted to become a psychologist.
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catherine adams answered
Oh that's a good question. Some might say Freud, others would say Charcot. If we go back to ancient Greece, the "psyche", which translates as the "mind", referred to the goddess loved by Eros.

You see that's why psychology is underpinned by love when it comes to healing. In most universities there is now a department of psychology, and the main teaching might be Freudian with others - or Jungian, again with others.

At university, methods of applying the study of: Behaviour, including mental activity, of intact organisms and humankind - especially with comparative experimental studies with animals, but this is more geared to zoology.

The psychology department is sometimes placed in the science department (social sciences perhaps), and experimental psychology is an applied science. Sometimes it's placed in the department of sociology, it depends on the university.

Experimental Psychology studies the mental development of children, because childhood experiences can affect us throughout our entire lives and - at times - limit us. At other times, childhood experiences can be an asset, even if they appear to have been negative, as we might get a very positive outcome from them.

Experimental Psychology contributes to many other other faculties, for example the disciplines of engineering, ergonomics, and criminology. More recently, the departments of humanities, such as literary subjects, have increasingly experimented with applying interpretations, using experimental psychology for their interpretations to psychological and especially psychoanalytic theories.

In fact, experimental psychology has even been used in finding a scientific explanation for religion, and the psychopathology of everyday life.

Well, I hope something here interests you.
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Wilhelm Wundt is considered to be the" father of experimental psychology".

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