3.28 Definitions of Psychology

3.28 Definitions of Psychology - March 28, 2011 Definitions...

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March 28, 2011 Definitions of psychology: William James (1890): the science of mental life Book Authors: the scientific study of the mind, brain and behavior…with the ultimate ambition of effectively explaining the most important human behavior in real-world context. -mind-mental states, thoughts, feelings -brain-enables mind; mind= emergent property of brain functions -behavior-any observable action Behavior and brain are observable and the mind is inferred Schools of Thought Structuralism Wilhelm Wundt, Edward Titchener; late 1800’s; Germany; 1879 first lab. Study the structure of consciousness and conscious experience; break down conscious experience into its basic elements, like chemistry. He relied on introspection. Introspection took years of practice to do well-as it required one to describe sensory elements of experience in their most basic form. Primary areas: perception and sensation Functionalism William James Late 1800’s U.S. Big fan of Darwin’s big new idea
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