Ground breakers of Psychology
One of the many ground breakers of psychology was William James. He studied how animals and people adapt to their environments. He was called the father of psychology. He even wrote the very first psychology textbook.
James was part of the movement called functionalism back in the late 1800's. He lived from 1842 to 1910. He came from a wealthy family in New York and was able to attend Harvard University and studied medicine, physiology, and biology. He ended up teaching Anatomy and physiology at Harvard and then began to teach philosophy.
James went on to write books about psychology and he challenged others to think outside of the box more. He joined discussions with other philosophers which further spread his ideas about functionalism. Because he made his ideas known during the industrial revolution, many more people were open to new ideas which really helped to make James a groundbreaker in psychology.