Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Flournoy, Théodore

  • David D. Lee
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_223

Basic Biographical Information

Flournoy was born August 15, 1854, in Geneva (Switzerland) and died on November 5, 1920, in Geneva (Switzerland). He studied medicine at the University of Strasbourg as well as with Wilhelm Wundt in Leipzig (1879). As Professor of Psychology at the University of Geneva (1891–1919), he taught physiological and experimental psychology as well as the history and philosophy of science. An influential investigator of psychic and parapsychological phenomena, he is best known for establishing one of the first experimental psychological laboratories and an important psychological journal, the Archives de Psychologie.

Major Accomplishments/Contributions

Known primarily for his research into religious phenomena, Flournoy applied his scientific training to religious and parapsychological phenomena. After studying experimental psychology at Wilhelm Wundt’s laboratory in Leipzig, Flournoy was convinced of the efficacy of Wundt’s method. When he accepted the first...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands