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8/30/2011 1 PSYC 2313:001: Psychology and Human Problems Psychology is the science that studies behavior and the physiological and mental processes that underlie it Psychology is the discipline/profession that applies the accumulate knowledge of this science to practical problems Behaviors overt responses or activities of an organism Mental Processes: Cognitions (thoughts) Affect (emotions) Physiology Bodily functions/process (eg neural impulses, genetics, hormonal secretions, etc.)
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8/30/2011 2 Psychology: derrived from the Greek words Psyche (soul) and Logos (the study of) Modern definition: the Scientific study of Behavior and Mind Scientific: Based on observation (empiricism) Behavior: Observable actions Mind: Subjective experiences such as thoughts, emotions Early Philosophers Confucius (china); Buddha (India); Hebrews (Israel) Mind, body, emotion are connected S t ( 6 BCE) Pl t Socrates (469 399 BCE); Plato Mind & body are separate, mind is liberated after death Aristotle (384 322 BCE)
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