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PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Week 1

by: Samantha Fore

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Week 1 PSYC 101

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These notes cover Week 1 (Chapter 1) of an introduction to psychology course.
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Date Created: 12/28/15
Chapter 1  Psychology­ scientific study of behavior and mental processes  Percentage of people in the psychology workforce consists of­ 24% clinical, 12%  industrial, 22% private practice, 4% in schools, 34% academic, and 4% are in other.  Mental processes­ thoughts, feelings, and motives that people experience privately but  that cannot be observed  Empirical method­ gaining knowledge through the observation of events, collection of  data, and logical reasoning  Structuralism­ identifies elements of mental processes; strongly influenced by the  industrial revolution (as machines become significant in culture, so this first major school of thought took a mechanistic view of psychology); primary research method was  introspection; Wilhelm Wundt  Wilhelm Wundt­ German philosopher/physician; established first psychology lab (1879)  in University of Leipzig  Functionalism­ identifies purposes, functions of the mind; influenced by “On the Origin  of Species” by Charles Darwin, which proposed that species evolve characteristics that  help them adapt in the environment; studied natural flow of thought and consciousness;  William James  William James­ American psychologist and philosopher; wrote “Principles of  Psychology”, one of the first major textbooks in the field   Biological approach­ approach to psychology focusing on the body, mostly the brain and  nervous system  Behavioral approach­ focuses on the scientific study of observable behavioral responses  and their environmental determinants; John B. Watson and B.F. Skinner  Psychodynamic approach­ focuses on unconscious impulses and thoughts; conflict  between biological drive and society; childhood family experiences; how these can be  applied in psychotherapy through Freud’s model of psychoanalysis   Sigmund Freud­ built his model through study of people he was treating with “mind  cures” approach; theorized sexual and aggressive impulses buried deep within the  unconscious mind influence the way people think, feel, and behave  Humanistic approach­ emphasizes a person’s positive qualities, the capacity for growth ,  and the freedom to choose one’s destiny; against Freud’s approach; Carl Rogers and  Abraham Maslow  Cognitive approach­ emerged as a rebellion; focused on the mental processes involved in  knowing how we direct our attention, perceive, remember, think, and solve problems;  Ulric Neisser  Evolutionary approach­ adaption, reproduction, and natural selection  Sociocultural approach­ examination of ways in which social and cultural environments  influence behavior; focuses on comparisons of behavior across countries and across  ethics and cultural groups within countries; early history of psychology was mostly  Western in approach and often made general statements about human nature that didn’t  apply to people from all cultures  Variable­ anything that can change  Theory­ a general idea or set of closely related ideas that attempt to explain observations  and to make predictions about future observations  Hypothesis­ testable prediction that derives logically from a theory  Operational definition­ provides an objective description of how a variable is going to be  measured and observed in a study  Descriptive research­ describing some phenomenon, without answering questions of how  and why; observations, surveys, interviews, and case studies  Correlational research­ examines whether variables are related and change together;  correlation coefficient is a statistic, labeled “r”, represented by a number between;  strength of the correlation is represented by how far the number is from zero; sign (+ or ­) shows direction of relationship (plus means both numbers go in same direction together  and minus means both numbers go in the opposite direction together); correlation does  not mean causation   Longitudinal designs­ obtaining measures of variables of interest in multiple waves over  time  Experimental research­ manipulations of one or more variables that are believed to  influence some other variable; measure Y under different condition sof X if values of Y  change under X, then we conclude that changes in X cause changes in Y  Independent variables­ those that are manipulated  Dependent variables­ those that are measured  Experimental groups experience the manipulations of the independent variable and  control groups serve as a baseline for comparisons  Experimenter bias­ the influence of the experimenter’s expectations on the outcome of  research  Placebo effect­ situation where the participants’ expectations, rather than the  experimental manipulations, produce the experimental outcome  Populations­ larger groups in the world that you are trying to describe  Samples­ smaller groups of people you’re actually testing  Lab research­ affords more control   Naturalistic observations­ has advantage of real­world setting, but harder to manipulate  independent variable  Informed consent­ all participants must know what their participations will involve and  what risks might develop  Psychology in everyday life­ avoid overgeneralizing based on little information,  distinguish between group results and individual needs, looks for answers beyond a  single study, avoid attributing causes where none have been found, and consider source  of psychological information


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