PSYC 2000JAN 21

PSYC 2000JAN 21 - PSYC 2000 JAN 21. 2010 Introduction to...

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PSYC 2000 JAN 21. 2010 Introduction to the History and Science of Psychology Modules 1-3 History of Psychology We define psychology today as the scientific study of _behavior____ (what we do) and _mental processes___________ (inner thoughts and feelings). Impression of psychology Hoping to satisfy curiosity, many people listen to talk-radio counselors and psychics to know about others and themselves. The Need for Psychological Science Many of us believe that intuition and common sense are enough to bring forth answers about human nature. Although intuition and common sense may aid queries, they are not free of error. Limits of intuition Personal interviewers tend to be overconfident of their “gut feelings” about job applicants Hindsight Bias Hindsight Bias is the “I knew it all along” Phenomenon We tend to believe, after learning about an outcome, that we would have foreseen it. We knew that the dot.com stocks would plummet, only after they did. Overconfidence
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