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Task 2: Introduction - What is psychology?

Who is the founding father of psychology?

Wilhelm Wundt (founding father of psychology)

Wilhelm Wundt's Career: Wilhelm Wundt graduated from the University of Heidelberg with a degree in medicine. He went on to study briefly with Johannes Muller and later with the physicist Hermann von Helmholtz. Wundt's work with these two individuals is thought to have heavily influenced his later work in experimental psychology. Wundt later wrote the Principles of Physiological Psychology (1874), which helped establish experimental procedures in psychological research. After taking a position at the University of Liepzig, Wundt founded the first of only two experimental psychology labs in existence at that time. (Although a third lab already existed - William James established a lab at Harvard, which was focused on offering teaching demonstrations rather than experimentation...

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How does the scientific method relate to psychology?

... What Is the Scientific Method? The goals of psychological studies are to describe, explain, predict and perhaps influence mental processes or behaviors. In order to do this, psychologists utilize the scientific method to conduct psychological research. The scientific method is a set of principles and procedures that are used by researchers to develop questions, collect data and reach conclusions. What are the goals of scientific research in psychology? Researchers seek not only to describe behaviors and explain why these behaviors occur; they also strive to create research that can be used to predict and even change human behavior...< br />
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On this course you will be following the 'Alison-dot-com' Syllabus. For now you should watch the MIT introduction to psychology lecture.

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