TITCHENER - TITCHENER(18671927)ANDSTRUCTURALISM

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TITCHENER (1867-1927) AND STRUCTURALISM  Titchener held that the subject matter of psychology is conscious experience. Wundt's  views for some time were widely thought to be the same as Titchener's when in fact they  were significantly different. Titchener himself, in his reports of Wund's perspective and  work, may have contributed to this misunderstanding.  Method; Titchener's form of introspection relied on opservers who were trained to  describe the ELEMENTS OF THEIR CONSCIOUS STATE, rather than calling things by  their familiar names. Tried to use introspection to break down complex experience into  elements. For example, to report an "apple" was to commit "stimulus error." Instead one  would refer to "roundness," "redness," etc. Like the British associationists, Wundt wanted  to discover the "atoms of the mind."  He sought:  1. To reduce conscious processes to their simplest components
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