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Evolutionary Psychology 10/02/2011 01:06:00 History of Modern Psych     Misinformation Believed all to be Freudian Only into clinical psych, i.e. helping those with mental illness Grouped with people that are interested in the occult The way bookstores are organized: “Psychology and the occult”  or “psychology and religion” or “psychology and philosophy” Psychology is a  science.  Same scientific method as biology,  sociology, etc.  Past Affiliation Middle Ages All knowledge under the church: religion, philosophy,  psychology  Authoritarian, but preserved knowledge via libraries and  books, even if they disagreed with their beliefs 1600s-1700s Philosophy and Psychology broke away from religion, but  still grouped together. The way you find “truth” is through logic and argument.  Psychology did not conduct research, instead presented  through debate. 1879 Wilhelm Wundt set up first lab in Leipzig, Germany to  study psychology experimentally.  Said that psychology needed to be a science and break  away from philosophy. Drop logic as the basis of truth in  favor or experimental data. Empirical science History (Schools) of Psychology Structuralism Interested in the structure of the human mind. What are the  contents/elements of consciousness?
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Introspection:   Collected 2 kinds of data: experimental (reaction time, did the  subject arrive at the right answer?) and introspection (What did  you see in your mind when you were solving the problem? What  were the processes going on?) Introspection more important to  structuralists.  Problem     : Not able to get data that agreed with their theories Placed their subjects into introspection training in order  so they would see what they wanted them to see during  the experiment.  Evolution taking over academia Only took data from “normal, adult, and above average”  subjects. Can you apply their theories to the entire  population? Not really. Functionalism 19-teens (1910-1917) Not concerned with the structure, but more concerned with it’s  function. How does the human mind function? Brought back the physical/empirical data that the structuralists  had discarded and use it to learn more about the functions of  the mind. Not as selective as the structuralists. Wanted to study clinical  and abnormal subjects as well as “normal” subjects. Learned  about how the mind functions “well” (normal ppl) and learned  about how it dysfunctions. Child psychology was also  emphasized.  Also interested in studying animals. (Darwinian influence?)
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