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Who is the founder of cognitive psychology?

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Cognitive psychology is the empirical study of mental processes that take place in our brain during specific behaviors and episodes throughout life.

Cognitive psychology and its study can be traced back to earlier attempts to organize studies in human behavior and mental processes that date back to the 18th century with the works of Berkeley and Hume. These are philosophers who intensified their search to establish clear patterns of behavior and cognition in humans.

In modern times we have been able to enhance the study of this field thanks to the works of Jean Piaget, BF Skinner, Wolfgang Kohler and Noam Chomsky. Therefore, there we cannot disport the entire charge of founding the science as a whole in one person. It has been a collective effort since centuries back into the field of psychology.

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Who is the founder of psychology?

Wilhelm Wundt is traditionally considered to be the father of modern psychology. Prior to Wundt, psychology was understood to be a branch of philosophy. Questions about the nature of mind had been considered as purely philosophical inquiries. There are numerous theories of mind, dating back to ancient Egypt and earlier.

Wundt was the first person to apply an experimental method to questions of mind. He believed that he could discover something about the workings of the mind not by logical deduction or philosophical musing, but by placing people in a controlled laboratory setting and observing their behavior. Wundt used specific protocols when studying his subjects, and even created special lab equipment (timers, motion sensors, etc.) to capture psychological data. 

Wundt founded the first graduate psychology program in 1879 at the University of Leipzig in Germany. There, he taught the first cadre of graduate students the unique methods and protocols of experimental psychology. 

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