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IntroPsychology - Goals of Psychology • Describing...

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Definition of Psychology The scientific study of behavior and mental processes in context o Scientific study – scientific method used in psychology to answer a hypothesis. o Behavior – overt, easily seen, and observed. o Mental processes – not directly observable, but can be inferred by behavior. o In context – different situations, i.e. public vs. private, culture, gender.
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Unformatted text preview: Goals of Psychology • Describing behavior – observe and accurately describe behavior to form a diagnosis. • Understanding behavior – to understand the behaviors and the reasons behind them. • Predicting behavior – investigation, prediction then prevention. • Changing behavior – people with phobias, anger management, addictions, depression....
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