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PSYCH 2004 Lecture 3

PSYCH 2004 Lecture 3 - I Basic Tenets of Psychology Where...

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I. Basic Tenets of Psychology: Where We Agree II. Psychology As a Science A. Expanding on What We Already Know B. The Scientific Method --- ‘OHDAC’ C. An Example III. The Nervous System---Neural Communication A. The Reflex Arc B. Parts of a Neuron C. From One Neuron to Another: Synaptic Transmission
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Much disagreement about the validity and importance of the various perspectives. But most psychologists agree about some basic tenets (see pp. 27-29): 1. Humans are biological creatures 2. Every person is different, yet much the same 3. People can only be understood fully when we take into account culture, ethnic identity, and gender identity 4. Human lives are in a continuous process of change 5. Behavior is motivated 6. Humans are social animals 7. People play an active part in creating their experiences --Learn from experience, but largely choose those exper. 1. Behavior can be adaptive or maladaptive --Generally we deal w/ things well; sometimes stress and our inclinations get the better of us.
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It can defy common sense, and/or give explanations for things that make common sense. Do opposites attract, or do ‘like’ people attract? Is it better to study for a test in small increments, or ‘cram’? If you have a major problem where help is required, is
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