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P11W10 Lect1post - Lecture Outline The Person and the Situation Psychology A definition& some thoughts Psychology as Science The “Stuff” of

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Outline -- 1/7/10 The Person and the Situation Psychology: A definition & some thoughts Psychology as Science The “Stuff” of Psychology: The Person x Situation Matrix The Person and the Situation in Everyday Thought Causal Attribution The Fundamental Attribution Error Clicker Question Are you ready to get started with the lecture? A = Yes definitely – I can hardly wait!! B = No thank you -- I’d rather be at the beach C = Did he say something? Boy am I hungry! D = Whatever. Oh crap, I don’t have my clicker yet!!! Psychology is . . . “The scientific study of behavior and mental processes” ( Chapter 1 of Gleitman text) Covers huge range of topics Primarily interested in human behavior -- but also behavior of other animals Biological and evolutionary underpinnings of behavior Behavior = anything a person or animal DOES From simple-- reflexes, sensations, basic learning & memory To complex-- language, morality, complex reasoning, behavior in groups, love, hate, help, hurt, hope, dream, grieve, self-reflect AND -- think about why people do what they do Science or Poetry? Psychology is Science Science is defined by its method , not by its content Don’t need electricity, chemicals, or blood & guts to do science Just adherence to scientific method Psychology often takes ordinary, everyday behavior as it subject matter -- but examines it with standard scientific methods Psychology is Science Psychology uses empirical methods to test hypotheses and generate theory about the causes of behavior Not about describing HOW people behave (description) It is about explaining WHY people behave as they do Drawing causal inferences (explanation/theory) Providing empirical “proof” for these causal inferences Challenging to do when examining human behavior Can’t just ask people why they did it -- don’t know or will lie...
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2010 for the course PSY BEH 11c taught by Professor Ditto during the Spring '10 term at UC Irvine.

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P11W10 Lect1post - Lecture Outline The Person and the Situation Psychology A definition& some thoughts Psychology as Science The “Stuff” of

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