PhysiolPsychLecture1

PhysiolPsychLecture1 - Physiological Psychology 1 Students...

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Unformatted text preview: Physiological Psychology 1 Students are often surprised when I explain that I choose the best books I can find but that they are full of errors. This problem is not limited to psychology textbooks. The leading college pre-calculus textbook has so many errors that one math professor posted them on the web for his students. Neither are errors limited to college textbook. Until the year 2010 many U.S. high school students will learn the following: 1. Columbus first reached North America in 1492. (He never reached North America – just the Caribbean islands and north coast of South America) 2. James Monroe was the last president to have fought in the Revolutionary War (It was Andrew Jackson) 3. The Statue of Liberty is made of bronze (it is made of copper) 4. The equator passes through Texas (it is 2,300 miles south of Houston)- - - - - - - - - Scott, T. (2006). America fooled: The truth about antidepressants, antipsychotics and how we’ve been deceived. Victoria, TX: Argo Publishing) Psychology is a BioPsychoSocial Science A natural science consistent and compatible with other sciences Assumptions • Evolution is a fact (Continuity of events in the universe - the Big Bang) • Humans are just other animals • Behavior has a developmental history • Behaviors have causes • Things don’t always appear the way they are The Big Bang- - - - Given enough time, hydrogen and helium become thinking beings Hierarchies • Anthropology • Sociology • Psychology • Physiology • Biology • Chemistry • Physics • Mathematics • Organism • Organ • Tissue • Cell • Organelle • Molecule • Atom • Particle Structure of Science Anthropology Sociology Psychology Biology Chemistry Physics Social Psychology Psycho- biology Five sets of factors which influence behavior • 1. Phylogenetic set- What an organism is as a species. It’s evolutionary status. Fish swim, birds fly. Kuo’s idea of behavioral potentials. Montagu - the most beautiful thing about a baby is its promise • 2. Ontogenetic set- Level of maturation, biological development; development is probabilistic....
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