The history of psychology as a scholarly study of the mind and behavior dates back to the ancient greeks there is also evidence of psychological thought in ancient egypt psychology was a branch of the domain of philosophy until the 1870s . While the psychology of today reflects the disciplines rich and varied history the origins of psychology differ significantly from contemporary conceptions of the field in order to gain a full understanding of psychology you need to spend some time exploring its history and origins. History of psychology 387 bc to present you are here allpsych history of psychology 387 bc to present 387 bc plato suggested that the brain is the mechanism of mental processes 335 bc aristotle suggested that the heart is the mechanism of mental processes. 1879 first psychology laboratory wilhelm wundt opens first experimental laboratory in psychology at the university of leipzig germany credited with establishing psychology as an academic discipline wundts students include emil kraepelin james mckeen cattell and g stanley hall. History of psychology by david b baker and heather sperry university of akron the university of akron this module provides an introduction and overview of the historical development of the science and practice of psychology in america
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