June 10, 2013
History of Psychology The study of psychology contains a history. Unlike a general history course taught by a history teacher, the history of psychology is taught by a psychology teacher (Goodwin, 2008). Several philosophers are associated with the beginnings of psychology as a formal discipline. Multiple philosophers in the western tradition were primary contributors to the formation of psychology as a formal discipline. During the nineteenth century, in particular, many great developments in the science of psychology were founded. Several philosophers, including those of western tradition and the specific advancements of the nineteenth century are significant portions …show more content…
Edward Titchener, like Wundt, researched the “analytical study of the human experience” (Edward Bradford Titchener, 2006). Titchener emphasized psychology as a science (Edward Bradford Titchener, 2006). Titchener is partially credited with bringing a new experimental psychology to America, which caused the transition from mental philosophy to psychology (Edward Bradford Titchener, 2002). Titchener brought great changes to the study of psychology in America. John Locke was a contributor in the early foundations of the western world. He was fascinated in psychology. John Locke wrote An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, it was a “ground breaking work of intellectual might that spanned four books and took on the task of examining the nature of human knowledge” (John Locke Biography, 2013, pg.2). Locke’s main contribution to psychology is the mind does not contain anything innate, except for few innate mental processes (John Locke Biography, 2013). Although these views did provide great contributions, they were later disproved. Edward Titchener and John Locke provided views to build upon that contributed to beginnings of psychology as a formal …show more content…
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