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History and Pioneers

What was the scientific climate at the birth of psychology?

By the time psychology came into its own as an independent discipline, the scientific revolution was two centuries old. Much more was known about the nervous system, the brain and the chemical and electrical processes in the body than could have been dreamed of by the earlier philosophers. The scientific method had continued to evolve and technology allowed for sophisticated instruments of measurement. Thus when psychology burst on the scene in the late 1800s, its proponents were eager to prove this new field as worthy a science as any other discipline.


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