Psychology-Section 1 Sept 7 2010

Psychology-Section 1 Sept 7 2010 - Psychology Defined...

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Unformatted text preview: Psychology Defined Chapter One Psychology Defined The scientific investigation of mental processes and behavior Reflects the influences of: Biological Processes Individual Differences Time and Culture 4 Goals of Psychology Describe how people and animals behave Understand and explain the causes of behavior (why jump when hear a loud noise) Predict behaviors/reactions across situations Control behavior through understanding its causes and consequences A Sample of Psychological Perspectives Biological Perspective Understand the mind and behavior through biological processes in the brain Electrical and chemical processes of neurons Localization of function Phineas Gade Had an iron through his head and survived. With this, figured out that areas of the brain have different functions due to the change of his personality Psychodynamic Perspective Identified the role of unconscious forces which determine behavior Personality determined by early life experiences Drives and motivations conflict leading to compromises Ex. Freud: what you do may not be what youre aware of consciously...
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