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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Psychology What is Psychology? PSYCHOLOGY The science of behaviour and mental processes that seeks to describe and explain aspects of human thought feelings, perceptions and actions. What are the Goals of Psychology? To describe, explain, predict, and control behaviour and mental processes Describe : tell what occurred Explain : tells the why Predict : under what conditions is the behaviour/event likely to occur Control : how is the principle applied or what change in condition is necessary to prevent unwanted occurrence or to bring about a desired outcome What is a Theory? THEORY : A theory is a systematic general principle or set of principles that explains how separate facts are related to one another * theories enable researchers to fit many facts into a larger framework * a theory organizes facts, must predict new facts, permits a degree of control over...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.
- Fall '08