with Darwin and Galton, why is functionalism viewed as uniquely american psychology?greenspun.com : LUSENET : History & Theory of Psychology : One Thread
i it seems as though functionalism is uniquely an American psychology. I'm fully aware of the works of Dewey, James, Galton, and Darwin, but I'm not clear exactly why it is viewed as strictly an American discipline.
-- Cornell J. Ligon (email@example.com), November 12, 2002
Neither Galton nor Dawin are considered to have been members of the functionalist school of psychology, though certainly Darwin's theory of evolution, and Galton's attempts to extend it to new psychological functions, influenced the main functionalists: Baldwin, Angell, Dewey (to some extent), Cattell, and Thorndike.
-- Christopher Green (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 12, 2002.