Lecture 1-Introduction

Lecture 1-Introduction - WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? Q: What do you...

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WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY? Q: What do you think psychology is?? A: SCOPE (what kinds of things to psychologists study, what questions do they ask?) POPULATION (what organisms do we study?) METHOD OF INQUIRY (How do we study it?) Text definition: Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes with behavior being any observable things we do and mental processes being our internal, subjective experiences (thoughts etc…) SCOPE: Color Vision Depth Perception States of Consciousness Motivation Helping Behavior Phobias Development Personality Memory POPULATION: 1. Humans 2. Animals a. Ethics b. Simpler systems METHOD OF INQUIRY: 1. Case Studies/Observation/Surveys 2. Correlation 3. Experimentation
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BIG ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY 1. Conscious vs. Unconscious EX: A person means to say, “Gosh, you look great ” but accidentally says “Gosh you look fat ”. (Freudian slip) 2. Free will vs. Determinism EX: Can people choose to get themselves out of a depressive state? 3.
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