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The Birth of Psychology. Was It Wundt?

Joseph Sparks

4th January 2017

This Week published an interesting article called ‘The Birth of Psychology’. The article describes Thomas Willis, a 17th Century Oxford Professor, who published The Anatomy of the Brain in 1664, which helped to establish was it now termed ‘neurology’ and could be seen as the starting point of psychology.

Thereafter, William James published the Principles of Psychology in 1890; followed by Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams in 1899.

However, despite these historic landmarks, most A-Level Psychologists are probably familiar with Wundt, who was the founder of experimental psychology, setting up the first experimental lab at the University of Leipzig in 1876.

While Wundt maybe the founder of experimental psychology, let’s not forget the 17th Century Oxford Professor Willis, who once said: ‘I addicted myself to the opening of Heads especially, and of every kind.’

To read the full article, click here.

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Joseph Sparks

Joseph is a Subject Advisor for Psychology at tutor2u. He is an experienced Psychology & Music Teacher, Writer, Examiner and Presenter. He is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education and is passionate about the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

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