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Wundt, Wilhelm (1832–1920)

  1. N.A. Haynie

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1045

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Haynie, N. 2010. Wundt, Wilhelm (1832–1920). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Wilhelm Wundt studied medicine at the University of Tubingen and at Heidelberg, where he changed his major to physiology and earned his doctorate in 1855. He remained there until 1874, teaching and formulating his ideas about psychology. His books of 1858 and 1862, Contributions to the Theory of Sensory Perception, formalized these ideas. He was appointed professor of philosophy in 1875 at Leipzig, where he worked for the next 45 years. Edward B. Titchener was Wundt's student and the proponent of his “structuralism” psychology in the United States. Many other prominent individuals came to Leipzig to study and work with Wundt; these included G. Stanley Hall, Emil Kraepelin, Lightner Witmer, J. Mck. Cattell, Hugo Munsterberg, and E. C. Spearman.