Lecture #3- 01.30.19 (Wednesday).docx - Chapter 2 Psychology and Methods Psychology as a Science Analyze This Movie(Hilarious Hit the Pillow You don’t

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Chapter 2: Psychology and Methods Psychology as a Science To Build Credibility as a Discipline Let us Distinguish Between: - What our intuition tells us about how the mind/ behavior works - What science tells us about how the mind/behavior works - Psychologists do tests like biologists and chemists To Understand the Seemingly Immeasurable Through indirect observation: - Hard to observe psych phenomenon directly - Passion, prejudice, persuasion, pathology Capturing the Elusive, via Careful Observation: - The weight of smoke What is memory, attention, is psychologists job to figure out what it is Brief History of Psychological Science How do we Know Mind Aristotle & Rationalism: Reasoning through logical argument - Believing in truth that is logically derived - Deriving solutions via logical argument Useful if you can’t believe what you see Limitations of Rationalism: Sometimes logical prediction of behavior mental process - Is just inaccurate - Contrary to what’s actually observed From Rationalism to Empiricism: Study mind and behavior via systematic observation - Descartes, Bacon, et al… - Change Blindness: Our brain doesn’t seem to notice change in the world when it is obvious - Aristotle’s ideas are to approach logic with empirical careful observation then you might get logical reasoning
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