Functionalism was brought to the US by Dr. Wundt's student Edward Titchener. Dr. Titchener was thought to be the first person in the US to open a psychology lab, but that is not exactly true. He was the first person in the US to bring the idea of Functionalism, but his student Stanley Hall is the one that is created with having the first an "experimental" psychology lab, at John Hopkins University in 1883.
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September 27, 2018
Dr. Wundt was a philosopher and had a theory that psychology was about what people perceived in the world. This caused a lot of controversies within the scientific community. Psychology was a new concept, and up to that point, science was something that could be physically measured. The thought that something for one person might be different for another and both be the correct answer was a concept that was new to the community. Dr. Wundt set up the first "official" psychology lab in Leipzig, Germany in 1879.
Dr. Wundt had a student, Edward Thitchener.
Together they created the concept of Structuralism.
Eventually, no one liked it!!! : (
Structuralism was the belief that the consciousness was made up of basic elements of the body that were combined in different ways to produce different perceptions. They were trying to find out what the basic elements were in order to figure out the mental experience (Sharpsteen, 2017).
They measured conscious thought with introspection (the reporting of one's own thoughts and experiences). It was okay at first, but everyone has different manners in thinking.
Today we talked about our timeline projects and what we learned about our field of interest. We discussed any problems that we were having and any obstacles that we came across in our project.
Afterward, Dr. Woller introduced us to the very first psychologist, Dr. William Wundt. We discussed Dr. Wundt's history and the concept of Structuralism. This is the first concept that was introduced in psychology allowing for other new psychologists to introduce their own concepts and theories.
That's enough history for today!!
Functionists thought that one's experiences were reactions to their environment or that reactions to one's environment were because of someone's consciousness (thought process).
In order to ensure concept retention, we will have videos or worksheets from time to time, that refresh the information that we have already learned. Most of these videos will have worksheets with them for homework.
There is a Video Quiz in TWO WEEKS!!! Please make sure to watch the videos.
Pediatric Behavioral Health Institute
Dr. Nikki Woller, Ph.D., LCSW & Associates
Granville Stanley Hall
(G. Stanley Hall)
We then did 2 quick experiments with essential oils and music. We talked about each one's experience in the classroom as a result of different smells and sounds.
Last we discussed and worked on our projects with Dr. Woller.
Today we learned about the major theories of psychology that paved the way for the modern theories that we have today. We learned that as times go on, people bring new thoughts and ideas to the table that are just as valuable as the old thoughts and ideas.
If you haven't finished last weeks timeline assignment, finish it up. Call a friend if you need help or reach out to Dr. Woller. This week, we are going to add to our webpage. Answer the following question: What is the first theory of your psychology school of thought? Create 1 paragraph discussing it, with a picture for your webpage.
Research and Experimentation:
We are going to start the research section of our class. Please watch the following two videos: Research in Psychology. (You have to click the link for the first video).
This is video 2.