Lec2Spring09A - Separated at birth, the Mallifert twins...

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Separated at birth, the Mallifert twins meet accidentally
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Lecture 2 (Jan. 22, 2009) When did scientific (experimental) psychology first emerge? Why did it take so long for a scientific psychology to get started? The first section of this course focuses on the question “what is the role of inheritance in psychological phenomena?” The answer requires that we understand: Evolution by natural selection (Darwin, discussed today) What is inherited (introduced today) Gene expression [**And graph of memory data from last week]
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All the Words Related to Sleep But "Sleep" Was Never Said Order of Occurrence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415 # of Recalled Words 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 "Sleep" Spring 2009
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Recall as a Function of Order and Associative Strength ("inference") Order of Occurrence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415 Recalled Words 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 "Sleep" Fall, 2008
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When did psychological science begin? Experimental science (method, physics, physiology) was well underway by 1600: da Vinci (1452-1519), Bacon (1561-1626), Galileo (1564-1642), Harvey (1578-1657). Experimental tradition in psychology was not underway until last quarter of the 19 th century . Why the delay? Lack of interest? Inadequate technology? Ideology?
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What ideas inhibited development of experiments in psychology? Mind/body split If mind does not take up space, it cannot be measured. Dualism: Two kinds of behaviors: those with antecedents, those that are willed Those that are willed cannot be experimentally analyzed
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What happened in the late 19 th century (so that dualism was no longer an impediment for psychological research)? Advances in physiological studies---Helmholtz (1821-1894) and Pavlov (1849-1936) Darwin’s powerful argument that all species, including humans, had evolved from a common ancestor
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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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