Notes1.15.08 - Psychology 2301 January 15, 2008 Notes I)...

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January 15, 2008 Notes I) What is Psychology? a. The science of behavior and mental processes in context (in one context something can mean mentally ill, in another it can be socially acceptable). i. Behavior-observable actions of a person or animal ii. Mind-thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions, memories, dreams, motives and other subjective experiences. 1. the mind is a hypothetical, you can’t see it or taste it, it is a construct 2. the brain is a physical unit iii. Science-an objective way to answer questions based on observable facts/data and well-described methods. 1. explains the how 2. explains the prognosis 3. explains the how to treat, if you can II) Philosophical Developments a. A BIG question: how are the mind and body related? b. Another BIG question: nature vs nurture i. Are abilities determined by our genes or our experiences? ii. What are the interactions between genetics and environment? iii.
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course PSYC 2301 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '08 term at Lone Star College System.

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Notes1.15.08 - Psychology 2301 January 15, 2008 Notes I)...

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