Origins of Psychology

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  • Origins of Psychology
    • Wilhelm Wundt
      • Father of Modern Psychology
      • Believed all aspects of human behaviour could be studied scientifically
      • Wanted to study the structure of the human mind
    • Introspection - A person gains knowledge of their own mental and emotional states by looking inwards
      • Limitation - We do not have much information concerning underlying reasons for our behaviour
        • Nisbett and Wilson (1977) - Key Study - Found that the large majority of their test group had little knowledge of their cognitive processes
    • Opposing viewpoints
      • Determinism - All behaviour is caused
      • Predictability - Behaviour can be predicted


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