PSY 310: Development Of Psychology In The 19th Century

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History of Psychology Kathleen Riggs PSY/310 October 4, 2012 Alicia Avery History of Psychology In this paper I will be discussing the roots in early philosophy leading into the 19th century that influences the development of modern psychology. I will identify philosophers whom both historically relate to the beginnings of psychology as a formal discipline and philosophers in the western tradition that were primary contributors to the formation of psychology as a discipline, and also the development of the science of psychology during the 19th century. Psychology is a scientific discipline which is the study of human behavior, how people feel, think, and behave (Mattiuzzi, 2006). Psychology as a whole is about how people understand the world and how they react to it, how people learn and how they use that knowledge, and how they relate to others and how they get along in groups (Mattiuzzi, 2006). There are a few philosophers who historically relate to the beginnings of psychology as a formal discipline Hermann Ebbinghaus and Rene Descartes. Hermann Ebbinghaus is known as the first person to study human memory experimentally. Ebbinghaus constantly reminded his readers that questions…show more content…
John Locke, according to Goodwin (2008) “is important to psychology as a consequence of the concepts expressed in two of his books, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690/1963) and Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693/1963) (p. 38). These writings explains Locke’s views on how we understand our world and how knowledge is acquired through letters to friends that show how thinking could be applied to all sides of childhood education (p.
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