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1Chapter 1: What is Psychology? Interactive Lectures 1. Psychology, Pseudoscience, and Popular Opinion Psychology is the discipline concerned with behavior and mental processes and how they are affected by an organism’s external and internal environment. Psychology’s methods and reliance on empirical evidence distinguish it from pseudoscience and "psychobabble." Psychological findings sometimes confirm, but often contradict, common sense. In any case, a result does not have to be surprising to be scientifically important. Thinking Critically and Creatively About Psychology One benefit of studying psychology is the development of critical thinking skills and attitudes. These skills and attitudes can help people evaluate competing findings on psychological issues that are personally and socially important. The critical thinker asks questions, defines problems clearly and accurately, examines the evidence, analyzes assumptions and biases, avoids emotional reasoning, avoids oversimplification, considers alternative interpretations, and tolerates uncertainty. Critical thinking is an evolving process rather than a once-and-for all accomplishment. Psychology's Past: From the Armchair to the Laboratory
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