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First Day: What is Psychology?
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PSYCHOLOGY What is Psychology? Psychology is the systematic study of behavior and experience understand, explain, and predict behavior
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Psychologists Goals General Points about Psychology “It Depends” Few things are true of all people all the time Research progress depends on good measurement Correlation does not indicate causation
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Measurement and Observation
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Correlation < > Causation Did microwaves 'spark' obesity? (BBC News) Microwaves may be to blame for kick-starting the obesity epidemic, a UK scientist suggests. Professor Jane Wardle says obesity rates started to rise soon after 1984 - around the time of the rapid spread of microwave ownership. In 1980, 8% of women and 6% of men were classified as obese. By 2004 this had increased to 24% of men and women. Children are also suffering from increased levels of obesity, with 16% of children aged two to 15 classed as obese in 2003 compared with 10-12% in 1995. Wardle said: "I looked at the figures showing rates of obesity in the population over many years and it seem very clear it began between 1984 and 1987. So then we looked at what changes were going on in the food and activity world at that time and one of the striking changes was there were differences in the speed with which we could prepare a meal as a consequence of the introduction of microwaves."
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Class Objectives Become VERY critical thinkers Boost your inner skeptic!
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Administrative Details Book: Kalat, Introduction to Psychology, 8 th edition Syllabus: Attendance, 5% grade 4 exams, 80% grade Reading reports, 15% grade 6 Experiment credits, required to pass the class If you don’t want to do an experiment, an extra reading report counts as 1 credit Extra credit: Can do experiments where each credit counts as 1 point on an exam. Up to 10 points!
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How do you measure attendance? You have an assigned seat. It’s on the wall chart and on Vista TA comes in each class and marks empty seats If you’re late, make sure I have your name for the TA
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What are the exams like? 50 question multiple choice I write my own questions. Both book and lecture are equally stressed. NO make-ups unless it is scheduled with me prior to the test Even then, has to be for a NCSU approved reason E.g., sports “away games”
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What’s a reading report? A 1-page summary of a psychology experiment Details in the syllabus ONE page… more than one page loses points as does less than one page Use YOUR OWN WORDS. I use a plagiarism detector called F-minus.
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experiment? www.experimetrix.com/NCSU/ “New User” “Sign Up” for experiments Choose an experiment and sign up.
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