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Unformatted text preview: Introduction: Psychology Yesterday and Today Chapter 1 Lecture Outline What Is Psychology? Psychology’s Roots in Philosophy The Early Days of Psychology Twentieth Century Approaches Psychology Today Branches of Psychology Shared Values Current Trends in Psychology What is Psychology? Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and human behavior. Levels of Analysis When studying why a certain behavior or mental process occurs, one can study the influences of: The brain  Neural activity The Person  Emotions, ideas, thoughts The Group  Friends, family, culture Psychology’s Roots in Philosophy: Philosophy- Study of knowledge and reality Philosophers posed questions and then discussed proposed solutions This lead to modern day scientific theory. Hippocrates used direct observation to test his theory of medicine…this lead to the development of the scientific method. The Early Days of Psychology • Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920) • Father of psychology • Established first psychology lab in 1879 • Started a branch of psychology called voluntarism....
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