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What Is Psychology? Chapter 1
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Chapter Outline Psychology, Pseudo-science & Popular Opinion Thinking Critically and Creatively about Psychology Psychology’s Past Psychology’s Present What Psychologists Do
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Psychology The discipline concerned with behaviour and mental processes and how they are affected by an organism’s physical state, mental state, and external environment. Symbolized with a Ψ . A “soft” science (not). Empirical: Evidence gathered by careful observation, experimentation, or measurement.
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Psychology Psychology made up of two words: Psyche : mind (conscious, unconscious). Logos : to study Psych o logy
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Psychology Is a discipline separate from Maths, Physics, Economics, Sociology, Biology, etc, etc. Describes and labels behaviour; diagnoses “conditions”. Example: narcissist- a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves.
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Psychology, Pseudo-Science, & Popular Opinion Different from psychobabble Psychobabble: a form of speech or writing that uses psychological jargon, buzzwords, and language to create an impression of truth or plausibility. confirms unsupported popular opinion . Empirical approach makes use of research evidence and challenges opinion. 6
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Psychology, Pseudo-Science, & Popular Opinion 8 Statements need to have facts/data/something verifiable to bag them up
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Psychology, Pseudo-Science, & Popular Opinion Statements need to have facts/data/something verifiable to bag them up…probably true that President Chimp is a narcissist.
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Psychology, Pseudo-Science, & Popular Opinion 10 Gemini
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