IntroPsychology - Goals of Psychology Describing behavior...

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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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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course PSYCH 001 taught by Professor Benbassi during the Fall '08 term at GWU.

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