Wilhelm Wundt is often referred to as the founder of scientific psychology. His work, focusing on the structural components of thought, resulted in a focus on an individual’s will (voluntarism) and ability to perceive new objects or data using past experience (apperception). These two concepts propelled the new science of psychology forward into several other fields of psychological study, including linguistics, cultural psychology, social psychology, and personality. Although Wundt continued to explore the structure of the mind, other researchers—such as Herman Ebbinghaus, George Elias Muller, and Oswald Kulpe—were examining the interplay of thought, perception, and memory.
For this Discussion, consider Wundt’s role in the discipline of psychology that was separate and distinct from philosophy, medicine, and physiology.
By Day 3
Post by Day 3 an explanation of historical attempts within the field to integrate philosophy, medicine, and physiology into fields of psychology. Then explain whether you think that these attempts were successful, and why or why not.
By Day 5
Respond by Day 5 to at least one of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
- Support or refute your colleague’s views on historical attempts within the field to integrate philosophy, medicine, and physiology into fields of psychology.
- Share an insight from personal experience related to your colleague’s posting.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and other current literature in the Walden Library.