General Psychology_Doran_Date_021510

General Psychology_Doran_Date_021510 - CHAPTER 1 WHAT IS...

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Unformatted text preview: CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? (HISTORY OF PSYCH) Psychology Today: A Thriving Science and Profession • Psychology: the science that studies the behavior 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 The Truth About Psychology: • It is not just about “how people feel”, it’s more “why they feel that way” • Psychology is a science that is diverse and broad Nine Major Research Areas • Developmental • Social • Educational • Health • Experimental • Physiological • Cognitive • Personality • Psychometrics Six Major Applied Areas • Clinical: people who diagnose and treat mental disorders and illnesses, deal with more mild behavior and emotional problems • Counseling: deal with depression • Educational/School: research effectiveness of certain curriculum to improve teaching and education • Industrial/Organizational: work for companies, human resources, deal with employee productivity, happiness, and well being • Clinical Neuropsychology: deal with brain damaged • Forensic Psychology: deal with legal system History of Psychology • Before 1879, physiology and philosophy scholars studied questions about the mind • Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) is considered the father of modern psychology o University of Leipzig, Germany o Campaigned to make psychology an independent discipline o Established the first laboratory for the study of psychology in 1879 o Psychology was born Wilhelm Wundt’s International Influence •...
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General Psychology_Doran_Date_021510 - CHAPTER 1 WHAT IS...

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