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Lecture #1 -- History of Psychology

Lecture #1 -- History of Psychology - PSYCHOLOGY Lecture#1...

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PSYCHOLOGY August 29, 2007 Lecture #1 History of Psychology PSYCH OLOGY ^ ^ -Psyche -Study of -Mind WHAT? The scientific study of behavior and mental processes Behavior -observable actions of a person or animal Mind HOW? Scientific Method -a method, a guideline for asking questions Quantify - a measure WHO, WHEN, WHERE? Aristotle -wrote a lot about sleep, dream, and senses 2,000 years ago Rene De Carte -interactive dualism (1590-1650) Q: Asked how are mind and body connected? A: Mind and body interact to produce our emotions and expressions, they are separate- but they interact EX: mind/body connection -mind/foot, it is not the physical loss of the foot it is the emotional state of the mind that triggers the feeling of the “phantom limb” Nature vs. Nurture Nature= generic, biological makeup Ex. of nature- Prof Sitt’s peanut allergy Nurture= culture, religion, the external things that can influence/affect us Ex. of nurture- talks fast because he’s a New Yorker Wilhelm Wundt -1832-1920 -Father of Psychology -started asking questions so he opened a lab
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