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Unformatted text preview: Prologue: The Story of Psychology Psychologys Roots Psychology traces its roots back through recorded history to the writings of many scholars who spent their lives wondering about peoplein India, China, the Middle East, and Europe. In their attempt to understand human nature, they looked carefully at how our minds work and how our bodies relate to our minds. Prescientific Psychology More than 2000 years ago, Buddha and Confucius focused on the powers and origin of ideas. In other parts of the world, the ancient Hebrews, Socrates, his student Plato, and Platos student Aristotle pondered whether mind and body are connected or distinct, and whether human ideas are innate or result from experience. In the 1700s, Ren Descartes and John Locke reengaged aspects of those ancient debates, and Locke coined his famous description of the mind as a "white paper." Psychological Science Is Born Psychology as we know it today was born in a laboratory in Germany in the late 1800s, when Wilhelm Wundt ran the...
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