Lecture 3 Core Concepts - Psychology is defined as the...

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Psychology is defined as “the systematic study of behavior and experience.” Current Concerns and Debates - Mind/brain/body problem o Neuroscience o Homunculus example - Stability versus change, are we the same person was we were yesterday? o Theory of evolution o Development of personality o The influence of genetics - Free will versus determinism o Determinism: the belief that everything that happens has a cause. o Free will: the belief that a person’s behavior is caused by their own independent decisions. - Rationality versus irrationality of the human race - Nature versus nurture Different Areas of Psychology Biological Psychology Evolutionary Psychology How much does our ancestors influence us? Motivation Psychology What motivates us Cognitive Psychology Why do some people struggle to listen to lectures Personality Psychology Developmental Psychology How do we develop, kids Social Psychology behavior? Social-Cultural Psychology
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2008 for the course PSYCH 2 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Spring '04 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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