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1 Psyc 001 Introduction to Psychology Spring 2008 MWF 9:10 – 10:00 in PA 101 Instructor: Dr. Diane Hyland Course Expectations and Requirements ± The Syllabus ± Blackboard ± PowerPoint Slides ± Print these out from Blackboard and bring to every class ± The “Clickers” ± Bring them to every class What is psychology? ± The line below represents a continuum along which various academic disciplines can be placed. One end of the continuum has been anchored by physics and chemistry, while the other end has been anchored by art and philosophy. Where do you think “psychology” should be placed on the continuum? A B C D
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2 What is psychology? ± Scientific study of behavior and the mind ± Scientific: Based on observation ± Behavior: Observable actions ± Mind: Subjective experiences such as thoughts, emotions ± Why do people act, think, and feel the way they do? What are the goals of psychology? ± Describe Behavior: What? How? ± Understand and Predict Behavior: Why? ± Optimize Behavior: Application and Control Examples of Questions that Psychology Addresses ± What is the influence of viewing TV violence on children? ± What happens to our memory abilities as we get older? ± What is the best way to cope with loss or illness? ± How can people be persuaded to give up smoking? ± How should the dials on the instrument panel of an airplane be arranged to minimize pilot errors? ± What factors influence the development of psychological disorders such as depression?
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3 Do we really need psychology? ± Some people believe that psychology is just common sense and that psychological research just confirms what most people already know. ± That’s a false stereotype. These well known cases demonstrate how baffling human behavior can be: ± The case of H. M. ± The case of Kitty Genovese Psychology is the Scientific Study of Behavior and Mind ± Science is perhaps best thought of as a "way of knowing". ± Rather than simply accepting a proposition as true because it seems true (intuition), or because it seems reasonable (logic), science requires that the proposition be evaluated on the basis of evidence gathered through direct observation or experimentation. Scientific Empiricism
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