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01/28/11 Introduction to Psychology 1 General Psychology Dr. Randall Engle
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What is psychology? The scientific study of feeling, thinking and behaving.
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Intuition vs science - “It’s all common sense!" People of high intelligence are more likely to suffer mental illness than are other people. The people who threaten suicide are rarely the ones who actually commit suicide. Drug addiction is a major cause of murder.
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Intuition vs science - “It’s all common sense!" Most cases of color blindness can be cured by diet.
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“It’s all common sense!” Competition is instinctive in human nature. Alcohol, taken in proper dosage, is a stimulant to clear thinking. The study of mathematics improves ability to solve nonmathematical problems.
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“It’s all common sense!” Slow learners remember what they learn better than fast learners. When physicians refer to an illness as psychosomatic, they mean that the symptoms exist only in the patient s imagination. Cats can see in complete darkness.
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Some Questions Addressed in This Course. Why is my first impression of red heads almost always positive? Why is my first impression of women named Harriette almost always negative? Why am I afraid of snakes?
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Some Questions Addressed in This Course. Why does everyone think babies and puppies are cuter than the adult versions? Why would a 5 year old child think that, when a liquid in a short, wide glass is poured into a narrow tall one, the liquid increases in volume? Why would 34 people, all of whom were safe in their apartments, watch out of their windows as a woman was repeatedly stabbed in the street below and not lift a finger to help or call the police?
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Some Questions Addressed in This Course. What causes the kind of psychosis we call schizophrenia?
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