Chapter1 - Chapter 1 What is Psychology Definition...

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Chapter 1 What is Psychology? Definition Psychology is the scientific Science- uses systematic methods to observe, describe, predict, and explain behavior. Behavior- anything that you can see. o Everything that we do that can be directly observed. (Overt) Mental Processes- thoughts, feelings, and motives that each of us experiences privately but cannot be observed directly . (Covert) o Can only be inferred. Origins Relatively new science, psychology seeks to answer ancient questions. How do we perceive the world? Why does one person grow and flourish and the other person struggles? Are we in control of ourselves or do unconscious forces determine behavior? What do you think? Philosophy-Socrates and Socratic method Biology- natural science Physiology- natural science Psych Timeline About 125 years old Structuralism (1832-1920) o William Wundt- 1879 Germany, physiologist Philosopher and physician First scientific lab in psychology
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Chapter 1 Birth of psychology as a science Mental Processes could be studied quantitatively Emphasized importance of classification and structure of the mind and the importance of
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Wilson during the Fall '07 term at Towson.

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