Chapter 1 - Chapter 1: Intro to History of Psyc Definition...

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Chapter 1: Intro to History of Psyc Definition of Psyc : The scientific study of the behavior of individuals and their mental processes Behavior Data : The observable actions by which an organism adjusts to its environment What happens: o reports of observations. Must be in a controlled and understood environment. Objective method of behavior. Facts and only facts Explanations of the data: o Internal factors Genetic make-up Motivation Intelligence o External factors Peer pressure Predicting what will happen: o Based on an understand of the ways events relate to one another o Conditions under which outcomes can change Controlling what happens: o Prevention and intervention of what we now know will happen Evolution of Modern Psychology Plato and Aristotle o 4 th and 5 th centuries o how does the mind work John Locke (1632-1704) o People begin with a blank slate and acquires things as we live Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) o Mental structures determine how we experience the
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 001 taught by Professor A during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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Chapter 1 - Chapter 1: Intro to History of Psyc Definition...

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