Lecture 1 (Chapter 1)0

Lecture 1 (Chapter 1)0 - Introduction to Psychology PSYC...

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Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1001, Section E Welcome Back! (We’ll begin at 8:35)
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Announcements/Reminders Please check the website http://webct6.carleton.ca Login using your Carleton Connect (MyCarleton) account Lecture slides (available before class) General PSYC syllabus Course outline for this section (E) Supplementary resources etc…
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Academic Accommodations You may need special arrangements to meet your academic obligations during the term because of disability, pregnancy or religious obligations. Please review the course outline promptly and write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist. Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations in this course must register with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities for a formal evaluation of disability-related needs. Registered PMC students are required to contact the Centre, 613-520-6608, every term to ensure that I receive your Letter of Accommodation, no later than two weeks before the first assignment is due or the first in-class test/midterm requiring accommodations. If you require accommodation for your formally scheduled exam(s) in this course, please submit your request for accommodation to PMC by November 7, 2008 for December examinations, and March 6, 2009 for April examinations. You can visit the Equity Services website to view the policies and to obtain more detailed information on academic accommodation at http://carleton.ca/equity/accommodation
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Today’s class The nature of psychology What is psychology? Goals of psychological reserach The intellectual origins of psychology Major perspectives in psychology today Historical context Subfields within contemporary psychology Major areas of psychological research Fields of applied psychology Our primary course objectives Seven key themes & critical thinking (from the text)
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The nature of psychology Why we do what we do Psychology is… the science that studies behaviour and the physiological and cognitive processes that underlie it; and it is the profession that applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to practical problems. (p21 of your text) Vs. pseudopsychologies (eg., psychics) Want a million dollars? (http://www.randi.org/)
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The goals of psychological research (Ch. 2) 1. Need measurement techniques to describe behaviour Describing “what?” 2. Explaining “why?” 1. Solving everyday problems Enhance human welfare Basic Research Applied Research
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Intellectual origins of Ψ Philosophical roots of Ψ “mind-body” problem Epistemology Animism Dualism Materialism Rationalism Empiricism
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Relevant definitions Animism: All animals & all moving objects possess
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