Intro lecture - FALL 2009-1

Intro lecture - FALL 2009-1 - What you can get out of this...

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08/25/2009 1 Intrinsic interest value Consumer education What you can get out of this course
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08/25/2009 2 Do some people have ESP abilities? Is there an unconscious mind? Are IQ tests valid? Are personality traits inherited? How are memories stored in the brain? What causes schizophrenia? Does spanking harm children? Do violent movies make violent people? What do dreams mean? What do women want? The kinds of questions you’d like psychology to be able to answer
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08/25/2009 3 These are empirical questions: to be answered by observation, measurement, experimentation and logic-- and not by armchair speculation, ideology, folk wisdom or … psychobabble psychobaloney
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08/25/2009 6 Things that are just plain interesting: Some examples
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08/25/2009 7 Rodin – The Kiss
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08/25/2009 11 Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a ttoal mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, huh?
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08/25/2009 12 bb video
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08/25/2009 13 Psychology and its relation to other disciplines Why do psychologists have to know biology? Why do biologists have to know chemistry? Why do chemists have to know physics? Brain Science Behavior Genetics Evolution & Behavior
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08/25/2009 14 BRAIN mind, consciousness, memory, ideas, feelings, … . Understanding the brain leads to understanding of many other things.
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08/25/2009 19 Genetics and individual differences
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08/25/2009 20 Believe it or not …. Adopted children as young adults don’t bear much psychological resemblance to their adoptive parents. They do resemble their biological parents behaviorally and psychologically. In young adults, there is a systematic relation between the amount of gray
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