Lec1IntroSpring09

Lec1IntroSpring09 - Introduction to Psychology as a Natural...

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Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science Lecture 1 (January 15, 2009) Introductions General remarks about Psychology as a Natural Science How to do well in the course Course content: an example of the experimental approach List of topics
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General characteristics of psychology as a natural science Inherently interesting (vision and memory examples) Important
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The puzzle of vision We perceive a three-dimensional world But what is the input? Are there 3-D objects in our eyes or brains? “No” The input is reflected light, which establishes a 2- dimensional pattern of stimulation on the back of our eye ball (the retina)
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Perception: Figure shows pattern of stimulation at level of eye, perception produces an “upright” rose.
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Memory: We know it is not perfect But are there rules that predict what we forget? An in-class test
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On the importance of course topics They pertain to personal experience Physiological and psychological basics They have potential social significance The growing importance of education ($ and health) Correlates of educational success Growing awareness of importance of heredity
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2009 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 11002 taught by Professor Heyman during the Spring '09 term at BC.

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