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PSYA01H3 Lecture Notes - Wilhelm Wundt, Psychophysics, Sigmund Freud

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Lecture 1.2
Psychology Online
The birth and early years
Why was Germany such a strong influence?
- Look at the history of it, before WW1 and WW2
- Germany was a superpower, did well in both wars
- Economically well off
- Leds to scientific adverntuorus
- Gov had a lot of money
- Thought sciene and knowledge gives them a strong advantage
- Germany was builing their sciences, academia
- There were funds to try something new given by the government
- Very important to the birth of psychology
Hermann Von Helmholts (1821-1894)
- Simply stuff that had a strong impact
- “ what I would like to know how fast does a signal travel in a tissue” People
would have neglected and said its too hard to measure. Helmolts said lets
find the average human and figure out how the nerve tissue is from one hand
to the spine to the brain back to the spine then to ther other hand
Hand squeezing example you then know the number of humans, time,
- Measuring Speed of Neural Impulses
- Got people thinking
Ernst Weber (17-1878)
- called himself a psychophysics
- wanted to take the notion of physics and apply it to the conscious mind
- *weight on hands example ratio of weight was constant
- *light experiement
- Measuring something in ther persons mind, and the results say that it falls in
to the mathematical section
- Started the notion for people to think that we can actually measure whats in
our mind
Willhelm Wundt late 1800- 1898 regard as the birth of psycology
- was the first to refer to himself as a psychologist
- He wrote the first psychology textbook “The Principles of Physiological
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