01.The_Basics

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The Basics Chapters 1 and 2 SOURCE: Psychology, 8 th Edition Wade & Tavris, 2006
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Is this what psychology is all about? "When you sit down, you get a shock. Open a book, you get a shock, write some- thing, another shock. It's a typical Psychology class."
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Is this what psychology is all about? “My life must be boring. Everyone else has better dreams than me. If he asks me about my dreams again, I’m going to have to lie.”
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Is this what psychology is all about? “It’s amazing. Who would have believed that so much could be said about things that are so obvious?”
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Is this what psychology is all about? “Rats in mazes, rats in Skinner Boxes, rats on drugs, I’ve been hearing so much about rats it’s staring to get to me. You wanna go to the Student Union and get some cheese?”
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Is this what psychology is all about? “You know, this psychology stuff is okay. I’ve developed a split personality and now one of me is working on my term paper,another is studying for finals and I still get to go out on dates?”
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Let’s start with a definition… Behavior : Action or reaction under given circumstances. Mental Processes : Learning Memory Problem Solving Communications Feelings Relationships, etc. Psychology is the study of…
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Let’s start with a definition… Behavior. Mental Processes. Psychology is the study of… …and it’s not just limited to human beings.
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How can you tell if psychology is a science? It’s empirical : Relying on or derived from observation, experimentation, or measurement. It’s science if…
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How can you tell if psychology is a science? That means it uses critical thinking : The ability and willing- ness to assess claims and make judgments on the basis of well- supported reasons and evidence, rather than emotion or anecdote.
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What’s not psychology? Phrenology. “Franz-Joseph Gall (1758- 1828) claimed there are some 26 "organs" on the surface of the brain which affect the contour of the skull, including a ‘murder organ’ present in murderers. SOURCE: The Skeptic’s Dictionary http://skepdic.com/phren.html Famous examples of psychobabble. .
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What’s not psychology? The Refrigerator Mother. “Bruno Bettelheim Insisted that mothers who did not hug and interact with their children caused their children to become autistic. Famous examples of psychobabble. . Bruno Bettelheim 1903 - 1990
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What’s not psychology? Neurontin and Bipolar Disorder. Actually an antiepileptic. Company wanted to cash in on a new market. Created false research and literature showing good effect with Bipolar Disorder. Be curious. Famous examples of psychobabble. .
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