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William James presentation

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Arthur Ndoumbe

on 16 March 2013

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The Father of Functionalism William James Background Strengths and Weaknesses Born in New York on January 11, 1842
Entered Harvard school of Medicine in 1864
Received his M.D degree in 1869
Got married in 1878 and had five children
In 1890 , published " The principles of Psychology"
Resigned form Harvard and published "Pragmatism: A New for Some old Ways of Thinking"
Died on August 26, 1910 (Goodman, 2012) Principles of Psychology (Wozniak, 1999) Contribution to Psychology 1. The stream of consciousness and the self William James' viewpoints Research and Experiments Father of American psychology (Oakley, 1995) Father of functionalism (Ferriri, 2006) Structuralism vs Functionalism (Grice, 2010) Strengths Weaknesses 2. Sensation, Perception, Imagination, and belief 3. Emotion and Will (Pomerlean, 2011) Functionalism findings are subjective the results of the research cannot be measured objectively William James wrote the first textbook in psychology Studied living organisms as they adapt to their environment Offered an alternative approach for looking at the mind William James research focus on the mind The mental state William James Studied in Germany Research on sensation and perception Theory of emotion (Bjork, 1983) Functionalism research are not easily testable Theory of consciousness
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