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1. Definition of Psychology 1. What is Science? 2. What Psychology Is and Isn’t 2. History of Psychology 1. Wilhelm Wundt and Introspection 2. John Watson and Behaviourism 3. Kinds of Research 1. Sub-disciplines of Psychology Science: A Definition ± a social enterprise that uses well specified techniques ( methods ) to produce facts or observations ( data ) leading to descriptions and ultimately explanations ( theories ) of the world A New Science ± Wilhelm Wundt is credited with founding the first psychological laboratory in 1879 in Leipzig, Germany
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Psychology Laboratory, ca. 1879 Definition of Psychology ± origin in two Greek words – psukhe (breath or soul) and logos (word or reason) ± today, psycho = mind and logy = science of, so we have “the science of the mind” ± psychology = the scientific study of mind, brain, and behaviour; “the science of behaviour and mental processes” The Problem of Observation ± we cannot directly observe mind, nor can we directly observe the operation of brain; we can only learn about them indirectly ± psychology therefore must make inferences about mind and brain from what we can observe directly, and that is behaviour
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Psychology and Psychiatry ± a
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