A Hundred Years of Psychology, 1833-1933

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CHAPTER III
THE EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THOUGHT AND WILL-- KÜLPE AND THE WÜRZBURG SCHOOL

FULLY to understand Titchener's standpoint with regard to structural psychology, with which we were concerned in the last chapter, we must turn to another controversy in which he played a part--that which centred round Külpe's "Würzburg" school--a controversy in which the chief antithesis lay between sensation and thought. It was a controversy in which the method of introspection (and certain new developments within it) also played a major part. The Würzburg school, of which Külpe was throughout the leader and director, though he himself wrote comparatively little, employed "systematic experimental introspection" as it had never been employed before. To Wundt introspection ( Selbstbeobachtung) had meant little more than having an experience and subsequently describing it. In the hands of the Würzburg workers it meant, rather, a special attitude, the adoption of which enabled the observer to study his experience in detail as though under a microscope. The whole experience was described methodically and systematically, if necessary being divided into periods for this purpose (the method of "fractionization"). Similar tasks would be performed again and again, so that the accounts might be corrected, corroborated and amplified. Finally, the spontaneous reports might be supplemented by the answers to questions asking the subject to direct his attention to special points. In effect, this work really provided psychology with a new tool, which has to some extent been subsequently used by all schools which employ introspection at

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