What is psychology

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Nguyen 1 Hoai Nam Nguyen Professor B.Carothers General Psychology 10 July 2006 What is psychology? Asking people on the street what they associate with the term psychology most of them will say laying on the couch and talking to a shrink about your problems. But that is not all psychology is about. This scientific study of human behavior and mental processing involves a lot of research and analyzing its results. There are six types of psychologists who specialize in different areas. Social psychology involves the study of social interactions, prejudices, attitudes, group behavior and aggression. Personal psychology involves the study of personality development, personality change, assessment, and abnormal behavior. (Plotnik, 2006) A developmental psychologist deals with a person’s development throughout his entire life, from being a newborn and his ability to distinguish between his mother and a stranger to an elderly not recognizing his family any longer. Experimental psychology answers questions regarding perception, learning and emotions by doing research under controlled laboratory conditions with animals and humans. Biological psychologists do research on the physical and chemical changes that occur during stress, learning, and emotions and also in what ways drugs influence our behavior. Cognitive psychology explains how we process, store, and retrieve information in our brain. And psychometrics focuses on the measurement of people’s abilities, skills, intelligence, personality, and abnormal behavior.
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Nguyen 2 Every parent teaches their child not to eat too much candy because it increases the possibility of having cavities. In psychology the relationship between eating too much candy and having cavities is called correlation. It is given by a number, the correlation coefficient, which ranks from -1.00 to +1.00. It shows the strength of the two events. In this case there is a positive
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This note was uploaded on 06/18/2008 for the course PSYCH 01 taught by Professor Carothers during the Summer '06 term at Evergreen.

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