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Ch1_Nairne - Psychology Fifth Edition James S Nairne...

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Unformatted text preview: Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 Chapter 1 An Introduction to Psychology Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 What Do You Expect to Learn in • 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? 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 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 Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 What Psychologists Do • 3 main types of psychologists – Clinical psychologists – Applied psychologists – Research psychologists Psychology, Fifth Edition, James S. Nairne Chapter 1 Clinical Psychologists • Diagnose and treat psychological problems in...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PSYCH 120 taught by Professor Lebrenton during the Spring '10 term at Purdue.

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Ch1_Nairne - Psychology Fifth Edition James S Nairne...

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