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Unformatted text preview: 1 1 Chapter 1: Introduction 2 Psychology: An Introduction Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. As a start we can say psychology studies Why we do what we do? Why we feel the way we feel? Why we think as we think? 3 Human Behavior Aspects of Human Behavior What is unique about human behavior? How do we differ from each other? What do we have in common with other species? How did we come to be who we are? 2 4 Human Behavior Aspects of Social Behavior How do we act when we are alone? How do we act when we are with one other person? How do we act when we are in a group? 5 Breadth of Psychologys Content 6 Breadth of Psychologys Content We will start with some examples that will provide us with broad scope of psychology. 1. How does the living brain work? 2. Scans give clues about brain areas involved with perception and imagery. 3. Many brain areas coordinate and perform one cognitive function. No localized areas (memory center) in the brain. (Ganis et al., 2004) 3 7 Examining Memory 1. Although the biology of the brain tells us a great deal, but some psychological phenomena are best studied functionally . 2. Studies of eyewitness testimonies provides us with clues to the nature of memory. 3. People make memories of false information given to them after an eyewitness event. www.thetimesonline.com 8 Innate Capacities 1. Our experiences (say based on our memories) shape our behavior. 2. But there are other innate dispositions that also contribute to shaping our thinking and actions. 3. Studies have shown young infants have the ability to perform basic arithmetic. (Berger et al., 2006, also Wynn, 1992) 9 Displays and Communication 1. Much of our discussion has been around the individual, but people are inherently social. This is true for animals too. 2. Where humans largely use language to communicate, animals use bodily displays to communicate socially. www.edukshun.info 4 10 Social Behavior in Humans 1. Humans differ in their social interactions from animals. Humans for example are more varied and flexible than animals in making social maneuvers. 2. It seems this variety and flexibility in human social behavior makes us very sensible in expressing and engaging in interactions but we see thoughtless group behaviors as in riots etc. 3. Why does social behavior changes so much in humans is a good topic to study in psychology....
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