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Introduction to Psychology LECTURE 1: AUGUST 25, 2011 PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY ZACHARY ALEXANDER ROSNER 1
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The Focus for Today Syllabus Introduce myself Introduction to psychology: What is psychology? History of psychology Major subfields 2
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What is Psychology? 3 What do you think of  when you think about  psychology?
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What is Psychology? The study of brain, mind, and behavior 4
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What is Psychology? The study of brain: Electro-chemical reactions and cell actions. The structures and functions of the brain. 5
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What is Psychology? The study of behavior: Very broad term Driving a car Playing basketball Brain activity Anything that can be observed or measured 6
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What is Psychology? The study of mind: Unobservable mental states and processes that can be inferred  from behavior The mind is powerful enough to bias one’s perception of reality 7
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The History of Psychology 8 *Some of the big names, ideas, and movements throughout the history of psychology
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The Roots of Psychology Long ago, people had desires and thoughts (eg. To hunt) Not long after that, people thought about thinking. Psychology has been around informally since the dawn of  thought, but only in the past 100 years has it become a  scientific investigation. Why are you taking this course? Brainstorm. 9
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Ancient and Medieval Views Philosophers: Epistemology:  “How  do we know?” Plato’s Rationalism and the notion  of innate ideas ( Nativism ) We are born with innate ideas or concepts  (e.g., beauty).
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