Psychologist Theorist: Wilhelm Wundt
Indeed, Wundt is often regarded as the father of psychology. Wundt was important because he separated psychology from philosophy by analyzing the workings of the mind in a more structured way, with the emphasis being on objective measurement and control.
This new theory described some such feelings to be pleasant or unpleasant, tense or relaxed, and excited or depressed. He reasoned that a given feeling could also be combined with another or a combination of many other feelings. Another piece of writing that Wundt created was Vokerpsychologie (Folk Psychology). Vokerpsychologie made obvious his attempt to understand human's higher thought processes through such things as language, art, mythology, religion, custom, and law.
In 1856, at the age of 24, Wundt took his doctorate in medicine at Heidelberg, and habilitated as a Dozent in physiology. Two years later, the physicist, physiologist, and psychologist, Hermann von Helmholtz received the call to Heidelberg as a professor of physiology, a decisive moment for Wundt’s career, with Wundt working as Helmholtz’s assistant from 1858 until 1865.
Freud’s theories on the unconscious mind today are still so relevant and I feel that because of his ideas we are so knowledgeable about mental health issues and childhood development. Without Freud’s theories on the unconscious mind or Pavlov’s ideas of conditioning we would not be so advanced in our understanding of the amazing human mind.
Wundt’s students, 1921, “In memory of Wilhelm Wundt by his American students”, Psychological Review, 28(3): 153–88. Reprinted in Boring 1950: 344. Some very vivid and anecdotal reminiscences of Wundt by seventeen of his American students.
Boring, E.G., 1950 , A History of Experimental Psychology, 2nd ed., New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
Blumenthal, A.L., 1975, “A Reappraisal of Wilhelm Wundt”, American Psychologist, 30(11): 1081–8. doi:10.1037/0003–066X.30.11.108