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Psychology Notes - Psychology Notes History and Scope of...

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Psychology Notes History and Scope of Psychology What is Psychology 1-11-2008 o Scientific study of behavior and mental processes o Key components Scientific study We observe behavior Develop theories about behavior Test hypothesis on behavior Behavior Any observable action of an individual (walking, raising hand, eye blinks, etc) Animals=bar pressing Mental Processes Unobservable behaviors (attitudes, feelings) Pre-scientific Psychology o Socrates (469-399 BC ) and Plato (428-348 BC ) Believed the mind and body were separate Believed the soul continues o exist after death Believed ideas were innate o Aristotle (384-322 BC ) Believed the soul is not separable from the body Believed knowledge (ideas) grow from experience o Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Believed the soul (mind) and body separation BUT they did communicate with one another o Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Was one of the founders of modern science, especially the
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSY 210 taught by Professor Deichert during the Spring '08 term at Mt. Olive.

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