Abnormal psychology is a division of psychology that studies people who are "abnormal" or "atypical" compared to the members of a given society.
Abnormal psychology is a division of psychology that studies people who are "abnormal" or "atypical" compared to the members of a
The definition of the word abnormal is simple enough but applying this to psychology poses a complex problem: what is
? For what
? for what culture?
Behavior is the result of stimulus-
no matter how
Wundt established the first laboratory in the world dedicated to
psychology for those with a serious interest in psychology.
Before the 1800, Psychology was seen as a
. When, Immanuel Kant claimed that psychology had no
as an academic discipline because he saw
as impossible to study
, Wundt established the lab that cemented psychology's identity as a
. Weber's breakthrough (about if were already holding rocks then there's a specific
by which the
of that pile would need to be increased before you would notice the change in
)Wundt believed that this approach could be applied to experimental psychology.
This is the branch of psychology that seeks to study the
introspection is the examination or observation of one's own
Also known as experimental self-
, Wundt's technique involved
people to carefully and
as possible analyze the
of their own thoughts.
In Wundt's lab, highly trained
were presented with carefully controlled
events. These individuals were then asked to describe their
experiences of these events. Wundt believed that the observers needed to be in a
to the stimulus and in
of the situation.
Wundt believed that there were two key components that make up the contents of the human mind:
and feelings and to understand the mind, he believed that researchers needed to do more than simply identify the
of the mind.
Structuralism focused on breaking down
processes into the most basic
. Researchers tried to
the basic elements of
using a method known as
Wilhelm Wundt, founder of the first psychology lab, is often associated with this school of
despite the fact that it was his student, Edward B.
who first coined the term to
this school of thought.
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