Psych 120 - Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne...

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Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 Chapter 1 An Introduction to Psychology
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Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 What Do You Expect to Learn in Psychology? Why do people do things that are wrong or dangerous? Why are some teenagers rebellious? What do dreams mean? Why do people develop public persona or masks? Why do people hide their true feelings? How can people do exceptional things in emergencies? – lifting a car! What causes multiple personality disorder? Why do people end up marrying someone like their parents?
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Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 Definition of Psychology Root word: “Psyche” = Soul or breath (Greek) Scientific study of behavior and mind – Scientific: Based on observation – Behavior: Observable actions – Mind: Subjective experiences such as thoughts, emotions can be observed and measured systematically
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Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 What’s It For? Functional perspective -- purpose of behavior, mental processes Behavior and mind: tools helping us adapt and survive – Example: How do you recognize and avoid danger? Understanding purpose of processes leads to better understanding of those processes
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Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 What Psychologists Do 3 main types of psychologists – Clinical psychologists – Applied psychologists – Research psychologists
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Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 Clinical Psychologists Diagnose and treat psychological problems in
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Psych 120 - Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne...

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