The Scope of Psychology

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 10/16/10 The Scope of Psychology Thinking like a Scientific Psychologist
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10/16/10 The Scope of Psychology One of the primary goals of psychology is to use scientific methods to describe and explain the immense variability we observe in behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. We are interested in phenomena like “What causes us to… eat in some conditions and not in others Cooperate sometimes and cheat at other times Feel angry, frightened, happy, or guilty To dream To hate or love To see red as different from blue To remember or forget To learn our native language so easily when we are young To become depressed or anxious
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10/16/10 Thinking like a Scientific Psychologist! Science is a method for evaluating claims on “truth” and acquiring knowledge. Science is something we do . An endeavor is scientific or not depending on the process we follow when evaluating claims on “truth.” It is not the only game in town. There are other sources we use to
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10/16/10 Here is my claim on truth: “Getting a college education leads to a better life.” There are at least 3 non-scientific ways to evaluate this claim on truth: 1) We can check it against Tradition : Is the claim supported by what I/We always believed
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