August 27 - Psychology: 8/27/08 Definition of Psychology:...

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Unformatted text preview: Psychology: 8/27/08 Definition of Psychology: The scientific study of behavior and mental processes-Three Important Parts of Definition a. Behavior: Actions, things we do-Overt behavior b. Mental Processes: (Tough because they cannot be seen)-Thoughts: beliefs, attitudes-Feelings: anger, jealousy-Hypothetical Constructs: learning motivation, personality c. Scientific: We use objective, standardized methods to collect data.-How we go about studying it is whats important-Other methods of knowing: learning from parents, peers, media, experts and -common sense (ie. Opposite attract; spare the rod, spoil the child; familiarity breeds contempt; actions speak louder than words; marry in haste, repent in leisure; misery loves company) Contemporary Psychological Perspectives-Biological: views behavior from the perspective of biological functioning-Including Genes, Brain Chemistry-Incorporates Myers Neuroscience and Behavior Genetics Perspectives-Cognitive: Explains behavior in terms of how people process, store and retrieve information they...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2009 for the course PSYCH 1000 taught by Professor Strat during the Fall '08 term at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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