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Chapter 1 � Psychology notes

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Chapter 1 – Psychology notes Psychology and Life 1. What makes psychology unique? a. Psychology= the scientific study of the behavior of individuals and their mental process. i. Critical parts- 1. Scientific 2. Behavior 3. Individual 4. Mental b. Scientific method- set of orderly steps used to analyze and solve problems c. Behavior- action. Mean by which organisms adjust to their environment. d. Individuals most commonly serve as subjects e. Mental processes- must be understood to understand actions f. Within the social sciences psychologists focus on the behavior of individuals where as sociologists focus on the behavior of groups of people. g. Share interests with… i. Biological sciences- brain processes and biochemical bases of behavior ii. Cognitive sciences- how the human mind works and compared to computers and artificial intelligence and applied math iii. Health science- seek to improve well being h. Goals of psych i. Describing what happened 1. Behavioral data- reports or observations about the behavior of organisms and under that condition the behavior occurs.
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