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Module 1: The Story of Psychology What is Psychology? Psychology: the science of behavior and mental processes o Involves humans and animals o Psychologists differ in importance placed on specific types of behavior Objective observation – directly see or measure Subjective observation – infer Psychology’s Roots- Historical Perspectives (4) Structuralism o Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920)- father of modern psychology o Structuralist- a psychologist who studied the basic elements that make up conscious mental experience o Introspection- a method of self-observation in which participants report their thoughts and feelings o Early Psychology Experiment - Wundt et al. measured the time lag between hearing a sound a pressing a telegraph key Historical- Functionalism o William James (1842-1910)- first American psychologist o Functionalist- a psychologist who studied the function (rather than the structure) of consciousness o ALL activities of the mind serve one function: to help us survive as a species Historical- Inheritable Traits
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course BIOL 1201 taught by Professor Wishtichusen during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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