Physiology and Psychology Its Beginnings and the Way We Think Today
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Physiology and Psychology Its Beginnings and the Way We Think Today

Physiology and Psychology its beginnings and the way we think today

Throughout the ages, many great men have lived, men that made Greece what it is today, men who created its very heart and soul, men that were great leaders and worrier’s such as Alexander the great. Great thinkers like Aristotle and Plato and many more.

The way we look at, and the knowledge we have about the human body, dates back to around 420 B.C and another great Greek, the father of medicine Hippocrates.

Psychology also finds its roots in Greece, The link between mans brain and the way it effect our actions and functions were studied by Aristotle and thus the birth of physiology and psychology

Claudius Galenus AKS Galen and his experiments in the functions of the human body and its form in 130 AD led to experimental physiology

Ibn al-Nafis discredited many of the ancient physiological doctrines.

The books of Ayurveda, the Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita, from ancient India also delved into human anatomy and physiology.

The medical world moved on from Galvanism (how muscles work) with the appearance of Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey, with his definitive work on blood and its circulation, Harvey’s work continued the outstanding contribution from Ibn al-Nafis an Arab who in one foul swipe discredited many of the ancient physiological doctrines.

It was he that correctly described the anatomy of the heart and its relationship with the way blood interacted with the lungs in circulatory physiology


The way the body works and the science of the physical actions of it, along with the study of the human anatomy are closely linked; this is the foundation of psychology.

Once again we can travel back in time to Greece, this time to the Greek goddess Psyche she was the goddess of the soul, you might see a link with her name and what we call the study of human development, psychology.

A thousand years before Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychology had its early beginnings in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China and India.

We have a lot to thank those early steps taken by these great men and woman.

Party trick

I am sure we have all tried patting our head whilst at the same time making a circle with your other hand on your tummy as a party trick; it’s a way of testing your vulnerability to distraction

In the sixth century Lin Xie asked people in China to draw a square with one hand and at the same time draw a circle with the other, was this first psychology experiment, the beginnings of psychology as an experimental science?

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Comments (4)

Thanks for this useful article. The pictures made it very interesting.

Another great article Johnny!Did you know my name (Dione) is greek used by the french.It actually means Daughter of Heaven&Earth.Also it is daughter (Love Goddess) of Zues!lol

Actually! Yes Dione I did know that, I did and article some time ago on another site about the planets and their names, and yours is the name of one of Saturn's moons

Don't I feel special! lol even if I wear a helmet and rode the little bus!lol :)