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What is/Intro to: Psychology

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What is/Intro to: Psychology PSY 2301 002

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Introduction to Psychology
Dr. Sarah Kucker
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history, Aristotle, Psychology, UTD, University of Texas at Dallas
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Date Created: 01/14/16
What is Psychology  ● Scientifistudy of thmind​ and​behavior  ○ Scientific: objective. methodological   ○ Mind: Private inner experience   ○ Observable actions   ● Multiple areas (topics.subfields)   ○ Applied­ practical problems in industrial or organizational settings  ○ Basic Research­builds knowledge through training and research  ● Various Perspectives/approaches ***  ○ 5 major perspectives approaches  ■ Focus of the research (topic)  ■ Interpretation of results (explanations for why)    Perspectives/Approaches ​ (total 5)  ● Neuroscience­ focus on how the body and brain enable emotions, memories, and  sensory experiences.  ○ More biological than cognitive   ● Evolutionary­ Focus on how the natural selection of traits promoted the survival of genes  ● Psychodynamics­ focus on how the behavior springs from unconscious drives and  conflicts   ○ Focuses on the mind component, what are your unconscious desire/goals that is  your inner drive.   ● Cognitive­ focus on how behavior and metal process results from observing, processings  and the world  ○ How you process the world and the production of your behavior   ● Social­cultural: Focus on the social and cultural influences on behavior and mental  processes.       ● Scientific → physiology   ○ Scientific branch of bio. that studies the functions and parts of living organisms   ● Mind and behavior → philosophy   ○ Theoretically based study of the nature of reality, knowledge, and mind.     Important Concepts:  Psychology: Scientific study of the mind and behavior  Perspective/Approaches to psychology   Nature vs. nurture  History of Psychology What is psychology?-Scientific study of the mind and behavior Philosophy Roots Nature Vs. Nurture ● Nature: ○ Innate, genes Nativism ○ You are born with it. ○ Plato ■ Nativism or idea that certain knowledge are inborn or innate ● Limbs-you need practice ● Nurture: ○ Learned, environment, Empiricism ○ You learned it. ○ Aristotle ■ Empiricism or idea all knowledge is acquired through knowledge Rene Descartes vs Thomas Hobbes ● Rene Descartes ○ ​ Dualism: Physical body is a container for non-physical things (like mind) ■ Idea mind and body are separate entities that interact ● Thomas Hobbes ○ Believed mind and body can’t be separated. ○ Brain dictates both mind and body. ○ Mind and body work together, can’t be separated. ■ The Mind is what the brain does. ● Mind: Your abstract things/Things that can’t be held down/Not physical ● Brain: The actual brain/You can touch. Fast Forward through time ● Franz Joseph Gall(1758-1828) ○ Founder of phrenology. ■ Phrenology-​theory that specific mental abilities are localized in specific areas of the brain. ● Good language-you got to have a specific bump for that skill. ● Size of lumps reflect the size of the brain region below. ○ Like palm reading ○ If you cut a part of the brain, according to Gall, you would lose ability. Adding Physiology ... ● Hermann von Helmholtz​ (1821-1894) ○ Interested in the time it takes for a nerve to a travel to the brain ■ Stimuli sensory input from environment ■ Reaction time- time to respond to stimuli ● Would give a test to see how smart you are at math-not just the part of the brain. Beginnings of Psych as Science ● Structuralism ○ Analyze the mind by breaking it down into its basic components. ○ Breaking up the brain into it’s component. ○ Structuralist say: “To understand what we are seeing we have to break it down to it’s part.” -properties ○ Defining the behavior ● Functionalism ○ Studies how mental abilities allow people to adapt to their environments. ○ You have to understand that there is more to it then you see. ○ The function of behavior Wundt Titchener Vs James (Darwin) ● William Wundt​ (1832-1920) ○ Student of Helmholtz ○ “Founder” of psych ■ Structuralism- basic elements of the mind ■ Consciousness-individual’s subjective experience of the world. ■ Introspection-thinking of own thinking, observation of one’s own experience. ● Edward Titchener ​(1867-1927) ○ Student of Wundt ○ Introspection ○ Complex Conscious experiences could be broken down into elemental parts of structures-STRUCTURALISM ● Williams James​ (1842-1910) ○ Functionalist ○ Stream of consciousness- the mind is like a river and consciousness isn’t limited to verbal bits. ■ Language is a limit. / There should be more to it ● Charles Darwin​ (1809-1882) ○ On the Origin of Species (1859) influenced psychologist to investigate how behavior allows animals to adapt to their environment. ■ Natural Selection -Features of an organism help it survive and reproduce. ■ Influenced-Evolution ● Sigmund Freud ○ The unconscious- part of the mind that operated outside of conscious awareness, but influences conscious thoughts, feelings, actions. ● Ex: Someone makes you angry you vent out the anger on someone else. ■ Emphasized unconscious conflicts that were predominantly sexual and aggressive in nature. ■ Conflicts are revealed in almost every aspect of everyday life, but when extreme result in psychological disorder. ■ Influenced-psychodynamics Problems with Freud’s view ● Problems with introspection (which Wundt, James, Freud all focus on) ○ Inconsistent responses ○ Thoughts and people vary ○ Can change across time ● Carl Jung ○ Friend of Freud ○ Had a more positive view. “We want to be good people.” ○ Ignore sexual components of Freud and gave positive view of psyche ○ Humanistic ● Alfred Adler ○ Inferiority complex ○ Focons on the individual Humanistic Approach ● Think of the human people/That we are the people and we do good. ● Freud was neg. and conflict driven wanted a pos/optimistic change and focus on external influences. ● Emphasizes the positive potential of human beings. ○ Fulfilling your full potential ○ Self-determination, free will, and the importance of choice. ○ Carl Roger and Abraham Maslow Behaviorism ● Movement started 1930/1940 ● Psychology redefined as the scientific study of observable behavior, ○ Ivan Pavlov​-Discovers conditioned reflexes. ○ John Watson​ - Extend approach to human behavior. ○ B.F Skinner​- Further experiments on behavior, learning, reinforcement, and conditioning. Cognitive Revolution ● Experimental reaction to behaviorism → A return to emphases on mental processes and how they influence behavior. ● There is a lot more to it than just watching behavior. ● Cognitive Psych ○ Scientific study of how perception thought, memory, and reasoning are processes. ● Influenced and strengthened by the emergence of the computer. ● Jean Piaget ○ Perceptual and cognitive abilities of children. ○ Everyone is a little scientist. ● Chomsky ○ Critique Skinner ○ Innate language. ○ No like Skinner ● Neuroscience ○ Linking mental processes and behavior to activities in the brain to nervous system. ● Also rise of social psych cultural psych, return to evolutionary psych, and hybrid areas. Overview Key Concepts ● Nature Vs. Nurture ● Structuralism vs Federalism ● Wundt ● James ● Freud ● Humanistic period ● Behaviorism ● Cognitive Rev.


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