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Week 1 Notes - PSY 202

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Week 1 Notes - PSY 202 PSY 202

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Week 1 Notes
Mind and Society
Jordan Pennefather
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Date Created: 01/17/16
Chapter 1 (Day 2) 1/6/16 - Psychology is about you and about Us - Most popular major @ many colleges - Personally relevant to us all - Why Do Psychology? 1. How can we differentiate between uninformed opinions & examined conclusions? 2. The science of psychology helps make these examined conclusions which leads to our understanding of how people feel, think, & act as they do! - What About Intuition & Common Sense? - Many people believe intuition & common sense are enough to bring forth answers regarding human nature. - Intuition & common sense may aid queries, but they are not free of error - Hindsight Bias - Hindsight Bias = “I knew it all along” phenomenon - After learning the outcome of an event, many people believe they could have predicted that very outcome. We only knew the stocks would plummet after they actually did plummet. - What Are the Seven Themes of Psychological Science? 1. Psychology Is an Empirical Science 2. Nature & Nurture are Inextricably Intertwined 3. The Brain & Mind Are Inseparable 4. A New Biological Revolution Is Energizing Research 5. The Mind Is Adaptive 6. Mating Preferences 7. Solving Adaptive Problems - Psychology Is an Empirical Science - Scientific Method: objective, systematic procedures used to understand what is being studied - Understanding how science is conducted makes it possible to tell which studies are credible & which are not - Nature & Nurture are Inextricably Intertwined - Are psychological characteristics a product of nature or nurture? Chapter 1 (Day 2) 1/6/16 - Biologically innate or acquired through education, experience, or culture - Psychologists now widely recognize both as important - Nature = biologically (through genes); Nurture = environment - The Brain & Mid Are Inseparable - Rene Descartes’ theory of dualism - Maintained distinction between mind & body - Assigned body many mental fuctions previously considered mind’s domain - Psychological scientists largely reject dualistic thinking - Mind is what body does - Phineas Gage (railroad worker; steel rod lodged in brain) - A New Biological Revolution Is Energizing Research - Growth in understanding mental activities’ biological bases - Interest in biology permeates psychological science - MRIs - The Mind Is Adaptive - Brain has evolved over millions of years to solve problems related to survival & reproduction - Mind is adaptive in biological & cultural terms - Genetic mutations - Evolutionary theory: determining whether human mechanisms are adaptive - Need to be aware of the challenges of our ancestors in order to understand our current behavior - We like sweet & fatty foods; early days needed fat to stay warm - Mating preferences (attraction) - Culture provides adaptive solutions! - Dependency on group culture - Cultural evolution has been much faster than biological evolution - Evidence that people from different cultures possess different minds - Mating Preferences - Males look for youthful appearing females in order to pass their genes into future generations. - Females on other hand, look for maturity, dominance, affluence, & boldness in males Chapter 1 (Day 2) 1/6/16 - Solving Adaptive Problems - humans have “cheater detectors” (Cosmides & Tooby, 2000) - visual cliff: infants won’t crawl over cliff, even if mother in encouraging them (box covered w/ glass) - adaptive mechanisms enhance our chances of survival - Psychological Science Crosses Levels of Analysis - 4 levels of analysis reflect most common research methods for studying behaviors - biological - individual - social - cultural - Biological Level - Physical body contributes to mind & body - Neurochemical & genetic processes - Individual Level - Differences in personality - Mental processes that affect how people perceive the world - Social Level - Group contexts affect people’s ways of interacting & influencing each other - Cultural Level - How cultural things affect you - W.E.I.R.D. Science - Over the history of psychology the majority of studies have used WEIRD populations: Western Educated Industrial Rich Democratic - Cultural psychology is subfield of psychology that attempts to determine how culture influences our behaviors, thoughts, motives, perceptions … Chapter 1 (Day 2) 1/6/16 - Reflections on Psychological Influences: Biological Influences: - Gene-environment - Shared human genome interaction - Individual genetic variations - Neurological effect of early experiences - Prenatal environment - Responses envoked by our - Sex-related genes, our own temperament, hormones, & gender … Development Personal Development Social-cultural Influences: - Parental influences - Peer influences - Cultural individualism / collectivism - We Are Unaware of Influences on How We Think, Feel, & Act - People are influenced by subtle factors in their environments, even when they largely are unaware of those influences. - Some factors influence our thoughts, feelings, & behaviors at an unconscious level - Experimental Psychology Begins with Structuralism - History of Experimental Psychology: William Wundt developed method of introspection - Introspection = systematic examination of subjective mental experiences that requires people to inspect & report on content of their thoughts - Edward Titchener pioneered structuralism Chapter 1 (Day 2) 1/6/16 - Structuralism = based on idea that conscious experience can be broken down into underlying thoughts - William James - Critic of structuralism - Coined term “stream of consciousness”; ever-changing, continuous series of thoughts - Prepared approach of functionalism; argued that functions of mind, rather than its element should be psychologist’s focus - Gestalt Psychology Emphasizes Patterns & Context in Learning - Second school of thought opposed to structuralism - Personal experience is not simply sum of its constituent parts - Perception of objects is subjective & dependent on context - Blue / Black (White / Gold) dress - Freud Emphasized the Power of the Unconscious - Sigmund Freud = key figure in history of psychology - Much of human behavior = determined by mental processes operating below level of conscious awareness; at level of unconscious - Pioneered case study approach - Most Behavior Can Be Modified by Reward & Punishment - John B. Watson - Challenged focus of psychology on conscious & unconscious mental processes - Proposed idea of behavioralism, an approach that emphasizes environmental effects on behavior - Pavlov experiment (salivating dog video) - Cognition Affects Behavior - George A. Miller defined field of cognitive psychology (concerned w/ higher-order mental functions such as intelligence, thinking, language, memory, & decision making) - Social Situations Shape Behavior - Social Psychology = focused on power of situation & on way people are shaped through interactions w/ others - Adolf Eichmann & power of social situations - Psychological Therapy Is Based on Science - Humanistic approach to treatment of psychological disorders - Developed in 1950s by Carl Rodgers & Abraham Maslow - Emphasized how people can come to know & accept themselves in order to reach their unique potential. Chapter 1 (Day 2) 1/6/16 - People Are Intuitive Psychological Scientists - by nature, humans are intuitive psychological scientists - develop hypotheses about & try to predict others’ behavior - Psychological Science Requires Critical Thinking - Critical Thinking = systematic way of evaluating info to reach reasonable conclusions - Thinking that is purposeful, reasoned, & goal directed - Used in solving problems, formulating inferences, calculating likelihoods, & making decisions - Psychologists Adhere to a Code of Ethics - American Psychological Association publishes code that all its members must respect - Respectful to all people, treating them w/ dignity, & protection from potential harm - Ethical dilemmas - Psychology Is Relevant to Every Person’s Life - Insights of psychology are critical in almost every sphere of our lives & its content - Explaining how humans think, feel, & behave - universal


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