8.25 - Introduction to the History and Science of...

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Introduction to the History and Science of Psychology Psychology Today: We define psychology today as the scientific 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 (Dr. Phil, etc) The Need for Psychological Science: Many of us believe that intuition and common sense are enough to bring forth answers about human nature Limits of Intuition: Personal Interviewers tend to be overconfident of their 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 dot.com stock would plummet, only after they did. Overconfidence: We tend to think we know more than we actually do. The Scientific Attitude:
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course PSYC 2000 taught by Professor Munson during the Fall '10 term at LSU.

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