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Introduction to Psychology Chapter 1
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What defines you as a human being?
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What is psychology?
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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It encompasses not just what people do but also their thoughts, emotions, perceptions, reasoning processes, memories, and even the biological activities that maintain bodily functioning.
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Subfields of Psychology Biological foundations of Behavior Humans are biological organisms Behavioral neuroscience is the subfield of psychology that mainly examines how the brain and the nervous system—but other biological processes as well—determine behavior. Experimental psychology is the branch of psychology that studies the processes of sensing, perceiving, learning, and thinking about the world.
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Subfields of Psychology - Cognitive psychology , which focuses on higher mental processes, including thinking, memory, reasoning, problem solving, judging, decision making, and language. - Personality psychology focuses on the consistency in people’s behavior over time and the traits that differentiate one person from another.
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Subfields of Psychology
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Subfields of Psychology
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Subfields of Psychology
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Working at Psychology - Colleges, universities and other academic settings -Business, government or other settings -Managed care settings -Other human services -Hospitals -Private practice
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A Science Evolves: The Past, the Present, and the Future psychological problems were caused by evil spirits. ancient healers chipped a hole in a patient’s skull with crude instruments—a procedure called trephining Psychology is a fairly new field of study
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The Roots of Psychology Psychology’s roots can be tracked back to the ancient Greeks John Locke believed that children were born into the world with minds like “blank slates” Plato and René Descartes, who argued that some knowledge was inborn in humans.
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Wilhelm Wundt scientific discipline (19 th century) first experimental laboratory devoted to
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