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Welcome to PPE3003: Psychology of Personality Instructor: Ken Swan, M.S. Thursdays, 5:10 pm – 8:10 pm PSY 130
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Meet your instructor PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology M.S. in Psychology Clinical background Research: psychology of religion Email: [email protected] Phone: 352-392-0601 Office: 002 Psychology Building Office Hours: Fridays 2-3 & by appointment
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What will we be talking about? What do we really know about people? - Perception and attention, cognition and memory, conscious experience, neurons and brain circuitry, abnormal behavior, social behavior, therapy, animal behavior Personality psychology tries to put it all together
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Defining our terms Personality – “the scientific study of the whole person” scientific study of the psychological forces that make people uniquely themselves "Personality is the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his [sic] unique adjustments to his environment." (Allport) "The branch of psychology which principally concerns itself with the study of human lives and the factors that influence their course, which investigates individual differences and types..." (Murray) The ultimate goal of personality psychology is to construct a unified and scientifically credible account of human individuality
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On cogency How do personality psychologists utilize these apparently disparate bits of knowledge in constructing a coherent account of personhood? We will endeavor to construct a cogent theory—an organized, understandable, and parsimonious way to answer the question: what do we know when we know a person?
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Roadmap
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Is this the class for you? distinguish the study of personality from other psychological disciplines, explain the philosophy and methods of science utilized by personality psychologists, recognize a bogus/unscientific personality claim when you meet one, understand what is meant by the many technical and standard terms used in the field and be able to use them with precision,
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