History of Psychology
October 14, 2012
History of Psychology 2
Human behavior can be many different things and people have always been curious about the behaviors. The scientific study of mental and behavioral processes is psychology. It can be traced back in time to when philosophy was the main school of thought. Interpreting human behavior has always been known to be done by other people, but it was never acknowledged or recorded until scientific experiments took place. For the history of this, there are significant figures that are responsible for the study of psychology. I will discuss philosophers that relate to the beginnings of psychology as a formal discipline in this paper. Some major philosophers in the western tradition that were primary contributors to the formation of psychology as a discipline will also be discussed in this paper. After that I will explore the development of science of psychology during the 19th century.
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, the Greek philosophers, were the first to question the mind and mental processes during the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. This process would be known as psychology. During the fourth and fifth centuries B.C., these three philosophers questioned Aristotle. A Greek physician that was also called the father of medicine was Hippocrates. His interest was in the study of living organisms and its parts. How the brain controlled various parts of the body is what he would observe. Many physicians use Hippocrates medical ethics and it is now...