History of Psychology PSY310

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1 | P a g e History of Psychology History of Psychology PSY310 01/14/2011 University of Phoenix
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2 | P a g e History of Psychology 1. History of Psychology Paper Much can be said about the beginnings of psychology. The word Psychology originates from two Greek words: Psyche and Logos, soul or mind (Psyche) study (ology). The term psychology used early on to describe the study of the spirit. It was in the 18th century when psychology gained its actual meaning: The study of behavior. Psychology formed from a number of different areas of study from Physics to Biology, but the first psychological foundations are rooted in philosophy, which to this day stimulate psychological inquiry in areas such as language acquisition, consciousness, and even vision among many others. Much of the early roots of psychology can be traced to early philosophers who set out to break through into the depth of what it truly means to have perception and think rationally. The earliest history of psychology can be traced back to the time of the early Greeks. During the 17th-century, the French philosopher Rene Descartes (1596-1650) presented the idea of dualism, which asserted that the mind and body were two separate entities that interact to form the human experience. Descartes believed that the possession of a mind is what set humans apart from all other animals. His work on the mind and the central nervous system is what typically gives him credit as being the father of Psychology. (Goodwin, 2008). Another popular philosopher, Stuart Mill (1806-1873) , began to ask questions about the origins of human knowledge and how it could possibly relate to the nervous system and the senses. During the late 18 th century into the early 19 th centuries, many studies were performed on the nervous system.
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