The_Science_of_Human_Nature

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The Science of Human Nature “People are Strange”
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Psychology is a Science
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Let’s do I what I get to do everyday As a psychological researcher I look at a sample of behavior and then ask “Why?”
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Question #1: Why do you think the girls were laughing?
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Why? I ask this question to illustrate how psychologists like to theorize about “motives” to predict or to understand behavior.
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Question #2: Why were you laughing?
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Introspection I ask this question to illustrate that a lot of psychological research is based on introspection Sometimes this is called “self report”: You look “inside” and then “report” to me what it is like to be you.
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Question #3: If you were to observe boys in the same situation would they act differently?
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Generalizability I ask this question to illustrate how psychologists try to understand all humans, but that when we study a small sample, we wonder how our findings apply (“generalize”) to groups very different from our sample.
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Question #4: Were there any behavioral differences between the girls and the boys?
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PSYC 120 taught by Professor Beck during the Fall '08 term at Abilene Christian University.

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