Lecture - 1 - March 30th

Lecture - 1 - March 30th - Chapter 0 THE STORY OF...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 0 THE STORY OF PSYCHOLOGY THE STORY OF PSYCHOLOGY 1850- 1909 Herman Ebbinghaus Psychology has a long past, but only a short history. FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY The First Psychology Experiment? Performed by Psamtik 1, king of Egypt, in the 7th century BC. Wanted to know: Is Egypt the oldest civilization? Experiment: Raise children in isolation; if Egypt is the oldest, they should spontaneously speak Egyptian. Result: Apparently they spoke, but not Egyptian! Morton Hunt ( 1993 ) credits the king for having had the highly original notion that thoughts arise in the mind through internal processes that can be investigated. THE STORY OF PSYCHOLOGY 1850- 1909 Herman Ebbinghaus Psychology has a long past, but only a short history. THE STORY OF PSYCHOLOGY 1724- 1804 Immanuel Kant No science of mind is possible, in part, because no aspect of mental life can be measured or investigated experimentally. FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY Mental Chronometry 1818- 1889 Francis Donders Francis Donders, a dutch physiologist, became interested in objectively quantifying the speed of mental processes ( e.g., discrimination and choice ) . Foot shock Press Key LFoot shock Press Key RFoot shock Press Key 230ms 150ms __ 80ms Mental actions of discrimination and choic e = This mental chronometry seemed to o f er an objective way of measuring mental processes. FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY Psychophysics 1801- 1887 Gustav Theodor Fechner How does physical energy get translated into mental representation? He systematically varied the intensity of physical stimuli and had people report their subjective impressions. He found that for a wide range of stimuli that the subjective impression of a stimulus increases in proportion to the logarithm of the intensity of the physical stimulus. He demonstrated that we could measure subjective experience and relate it to the objective world in a lawful way. He thus set the stage for the development of scientiFc psychology! 1832- 1920 Wilhelm Wundt Saw that an empirical psychology was possible and thus fought to establish its independence. Publishes Principles of Physiological Psychology in 1874 in which he explicitly outlined the methodology and scope of psychology as science. THE BIRTH OF PSYCHOLOGY Wilhelm Wundt - Founder of Psychology To throw light upon the totality of life processes from the points of view gained by investigations of this area and in this way perhaps to mediate a total comprehension of human existence. 1832- 1920 Wilhelm Wundt Establishes frst psychology laboratory at the University oF Leipzig in 1879. Using a variety oF methods, he researched sensation, perception, memory and Feelings. ChieF among his methods was experimental selF- observation. THE BIRTH OF PSYCHOLOGY Wilhelm Wundt - Founder of Psychology Experimental Self- Observation Expose subjects to standard, repeatable situations and ask them to respond with simple, quantifable responses....
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2011 for the course PSYC 1 taught by Professor Stuartantsis during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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Lecture - 1 - March 30th - Chapter 0 THE STORY OF...

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