WILHELM WUNDT (1832-1920) Born in Neckarau, a suburb of Mannheim, about 50 miles south of Frankfurt. Shy and reserved. Graduated summa cum laude from Univ. of Heidelburg and placed first in state medical board exam. Went to University of Berlin to study with Muller and was so influence that he decided on a career in experiemental physiology instead of medicine. Returned to Heidelberg and became Helmnoltz' laboratory assistant. After teaching at U Zurich in Switzerland, acccepted professorship at U. Leipzig. Began assembling an experimental psychology laboratory in 1876 and it was complete and in full operation by 1879. Wundt sought to discover the basic elements of thought. To discover the laws by which they combine into more complex experiences. Distinguished between "pure introspection," the relatively unstructured method used by earlier philosophers, and "expedrimental instrospection," which used laboratory
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summa cum laude, experimental psychology laboratory, medical board exam., U. Leipzig. Began, relatively unstructured method