Wilhelm Wundt, Father of Psychology

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The years at Leipzig proved to be fruitful for Wundt. A lab was set up to conduct investigations of the senses, more accurately displays in sensation and perception, with vision being the sense that was studied most.

This laboratory was to grow from one room to numerous rooms containing all Wundt’s various research equipment. Wundt started a journal called Philosophische Studien in 1881 and he began teaching a class on physiological psychology.

The culmination of these developments led to the establishment of psychology as a science of it its own, with Wundt himself recognizing this milestone to have taken place in the year 1879. (Hothersall, 1984).

Wundt was a prolific writer, finishing up his autobiography shortly before dying in 1920. At the time of his death his 10 volume Folk Psychology, which would divide the future study of psychology, was also finished.

Reading all of his work has been estimated to take two and a half years if one was to read 60 pages a day. The enormous amount of writing Wundt did also made it hard to criticize him. His arguments had often changed or he had revised an edition of a book by the time a critic was ready to present their criticism. (Schultz, 1975).

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