01-PsychologyOverview

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Outline ■ Boundaries of Psychology Biological versus cultural ■ Perspectives in Psychology Psychodynamic Behaviorist Cognitive Evolutionary Psychology ■ Psychology- scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior ■ Psychology ■ Psychology- scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior ■ Psychological processes influenced by: biological processes of cells within the nervous system Psychology ■ Psychology- scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior ■ Psychological processes influenced by: biological processes of cells within the nervous system context of cultural beliefs and values Biopsychology ■ Biopsychology - understand the mind through understanding biological activity of the brain Biopsychology ■ Biopsychology - understand the mind through understanding biological activity of the brain ■ Mind-Brain problem Biopsychology ■ Localization of function- discrete brain regions control discrete aspects of mental functioning • Biopsychology ■ Localization of function- discrete brain regions control discrete aspects of mental functioning Electrical stimulation of the brain • Biopsychology ■ Localization of function- discrete brain regions control discrete aspects of mental functioning Electrical stimulation of the brain Lesions of neural pathways alter behavior in animal studies • Biopsychology ■ Localization of function- discrete brain regions control discrete aspects of mental functioning Electrical stimulation of the brain Lesions of neural pathways alter behavior in animal studies Humans with focal brain damage show evidence of impairment of language – Broca: damage to left front hemisphere impairs language Localization of Function Damage here produces difficulty in speaking Damage here produces difficulty in language comprehension Cultural Influences and Psychology ■ Culture - influence of membership in a larger group (such as a tribe or nation) A society is not simply the sum of the individuals that make up the society • Rather, culture impacts psychological functioning of individuals within the society Philosophical Issues of Psychology Philosophical Issues of Psychology ■ Free will vs. determinism? Philosophical Issues of Psychology ■ Free will vs. determinism? ■ Nature vs. nurture? Philosophical Issues of Psychology ■ Free will vs. determinism? ■ Nature vs. nurture? ■ Rationalism vs. empiricism? Philosophical Issues of Psychology ■ Free will vs. determinism? ■ Nature vs. nurture?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Spring '08 term at UGA.

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