Wilhelm Wundt Facts

Wilhelm Wundt Facts
Wilhelm Maximilian Wundt (August 16, 1832 to August 31, 1920) was a German physician and physiologist. He is widely regarded as the "father of experimental psychology." In 1879, Wundt founded the first formal laboratory for psychological research at the University of Leipzig.
Interesting Wilhelm Wundt Facts:
Wilhelm Wundt was born in Neckarau, Germany where his father was a Lutheran Minister.
In 1836 the family moved to Baden-Wurttemberg.
He graduated with a degree in Medicine from the University of Heidelberg in 1856.
In 1858 he became an assistant to Hermann von Helmholtz.
Between 1858 and 1862 he wrote Contributions to the Theory of Sense Perception.
In 1867 he became a professor at the University of Heidelberg where he created the first course in the science of psychology.
He emphasized the relationship between the physiology of the brain and the mind and stressed the use of the scientific method.
Between 1863 and 1864 he published Lectures on the Mind of Humans and Animals.
In 1874 he wrote Principles of Physiological Psychology which was the first textbook on psychology.
He explained his methods to study feelings, emotions and ideas as part of physiology.
In 1875 he joined the faculty at the University of Leipzig.
In 1879 he created the first laboratory exclusively for the study of the mind.
This event is marked as the creation of psychology as an independent science.
In 1883 he founded the first journal devoted to psychological research.
Wundt believed that analysis of the conscious mind was of primary importance.
His research was important to the development of psycholinguistics.
Wundt believed that "inner psychological construction" determines the resulting sentence and should be considered a unit of speech.
Wundt created the idea of heterogony of ends in "Logik," which he wrote in 1886.
Heterogony of ends states that the experiences of goal-directed activity often modify the original goal.
An optical effect that was first described by him is named the Wundt illusion.


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