Introductory Lecture - Psychology: The scientific study of...

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Psychology: The scientific study of the mind and behavior, with the goal of understanding why people think and feel as they do. Psychology developed from philosophy Original questions were philosophical No way to really answer such questions Need methods of science to address problems that are, in principle, solvable Potentially solvable problem: asks a question which could be answered through observable data 1
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Major Schools of Thought Behaviorism: understand the environmental conditions that control behavior Cognition: understand the mental processes that can use environmental events to produce certain behaviors Psychodynamic: understand why these psychological events developed and how they might be modified Evolutionary: understand the adaptive significance of behavior Any of these schools can be combined with an underlying biological approach, which attempts to describe the biological structures and processes underlying behavior 2
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Natural Observation: observe the world and
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