PSYC 1010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Wilhelm Wundt, Telegraph Key, Psychological Science

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PSYC 1010 Lecture 1 Notes
Introduction
What Is Psychology?
Once upon a time, on a planet in this neighborhood of the universe, there came to be
people.
Soon thereafter, these creatures became intensely interested in themselves and in one
aother: Who are e?
What produces our thoughts?
Our feelings?
Our actions?
Ad ho are e to uderstad ad aage those aroud us?
Psychological Science Is Born
What ere soe iportat ilestoes i psyhology’s early deelopet?
To be human is to be curious about ourselves and the world around us.
Before 300 b.c.e., the Greek naturalist and philosopher Aristotle theorized about
learning and memory, motivation and emotion, perception and personality.
Today we chuckle at some of his guesses, like his suggestion that a meal makes us
sleepy by causing gas and heat to collect around the source of our personality, the
heart.
But credit Aristotle with asking the right questions.
Psyhology’s First Laoratory Philosophers’ thikig aout thikig otiued util the
birth of psychology as we know it, on a December day in 1879, in a small, third-floor
roo at Geray’s Uiersity of Leipzig.
There, two young men were helping an austere, middle- aged professor, Wilhelm
Wundt, create an experimental apparatus.
Their ahie easured the tie lag etee people’s hearig a all hit a platfor ad
their pressing a telegraph key (Hunt, 1993).
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