Development Through the Lifespan
a. Prenatal Development
b. Teratogens - chemicals or viruses that can enter the placenta
and harm the developing fetus (ex. alcohol, drugs, certain
c. Motor Development
a. Learning - a relatively permanent change in an organisms behavior due
b. Behaviorism - view that psychology should be an objective science and
studies behavior through mental processes into account.
i. Ivan Pavlov
The Biology of Behavior
a. Sensory Neurons
i. Transmits information from sensory cells
i. Nerve cells that connect other neurons with one another
ii. Most neurons are in the brain and spinal cord
c. Motor Neurons
i. Transmit com
Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind
a. An awareness of ourselves and our environment.
B. Selective Attention
a. Our conscious awareness processes only a small part of all that we
experience. We intuitively make use of the information we
A. What are the social sciences?
a. Scientific study of people and society .
b. Studies individual motives instead of group of peoples motives
Roots of Psychology:
a. Dualism- idea that the mind and body are separate entities