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intromethod - Psychology What is Psychology The scientific...

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Psychology  What is Psychology? The scientific study of behavior and the mind  § Three key elements – science, behavior, mind Fields of Psychology  Physiological psychology  o investigate the biological basis of human behavior o link between brain functioning and overall behavior. Cognitive psychology  o perception, decision making, language, learning, memory  Social psychology  o First impressions, attraction, how attitudes are formed and maintained,  prejudice and persuasion, conformity and obedience to authority Personality psychology  o study the differences between people in such traits as anxiety, sociability,  self-esteem, aggressiveness  Developmental psychology  o nature vs. nurture debate (biological vs. environmental factors), stage  theories, change and growth Clinical and counseling psychology  o counseling, diagnosis, cause, and treatment of psychological disorders.
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