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Define Psychology : the scientific study of behavior (anything an organism does) and mental processes (subjective experiences inferred from behavior) keyword: science - an approach to knowledge based on careful, controlled observation using rigorous methods. Until the 1920’s – the science of mental life. 1920 – 1960 – the scientific study of observable behavior. Behavior: directly observable and measurable actions. Mental processes: private psychological activities that include thinking, perceiving and feeling. Why people act (behavior), feel (affect) and think (cognition) as they do. Psyche: (Greek) Literally means breath or life Later came to mean soul or mind. Ology: From thought or word, the study or science of. .. Roots in Philosophy and biology. Processes: Neuroscience – how body & brain enable emotions, memories, sensory experiences. Behaviorist –how we learn obsevable responces. Cognitive – how we encode, process, store, and retrive info.
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course PSY 1305 taught by Professor Rowatt during the Spring '07 term at Baylor.

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