Introduction to Psychology

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Introduction to Psychology Module 1.1 *Psychology= systematic study of behavior and experience *Free Will= the belief that behavior is caused by a person’s independent decisions. Wagner believes that free will is an illusion *Determinism= the assumption that everything that happens has a cause or a determinant in the observable world. Test of determinism is empirical= if everything we do has a cause then are our actions predictable? Loud noises cause people to jump and muscles to tense up *Dualism=the mind is separate from the brain but somehow it controls the brain and therefore
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Unformatted text preview: the rest of the body. • Counterargument= physics says if they “mind” isn’t composed of anything than it can’t do anything (rules of matter and energy) *Monism=the view that conscious experiences is inseparable from the physical brain • PET scans (Positron emission tomography) is used to see where different parts of the brain light up. *Nature vs. Nurture= hereditary vs environment (drinking, children, customs) • Important to development, intelligence, motivation, abnormal behavior Module 1.2...
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2009 for the course PSYCH 1032 taught by Professor R. during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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