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Psychology Chapter 1 What is Psychology Part 1

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Psychology Chapter 1 What is Psychology Part 1 PSY1010

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Chapter 1 What is Psychology?   Psychology  o the scientific study of behavior and mental processes  o Behavior   Actions  Feelings  Biological states (sleeping)  Mental processes  Problem solving  Intelligence  Memory  Scientific method   A systematic process used to test ideas about behaviors   Theory  An explanation of why and how a behavior occurs  Pseudopsychology   Sounds persuasive but is not backed by research  Critical thinking  Involves analyzing and evaluating information and applying it to other  situations  Main goals in psychology  To describe behavior (involves observing events and describing them)  To predict behavior (can be made about or anticipate what events may  occur)  To explain behavior (explain or understand the causes of behavior;  scientists explain behaviors in forms of theories)  To control or change behavior (what is causing the behavior and how can  it be changed?)  Psychological research   Test ideas about behavior  Scientific method  A set of rules for gathering and analyzing information that enables you to  test an idea or hypothesis   Scientific method outline   Define and describe the issue to be studied   Make a prediction  Form a hypothesis   Must be phrased in a measureable way (college students who buy pitchers  of beer drink more than students who buy bottles of beer)  An educated guess  Choose an appropriate research strategy   Choose a group of people  Choose a research method  Conduct the study to test your hypothesis   Run the study and collect data   Analyze the data to support or reject your hypothesis  Reuse or create new hypothesis  Replicate successful tests for confidence  Intro to Psych (in class notes)  Why should you study psych? o Make a person more aware of how people work? o Makes you aware of you o Successful in careers o Help you relate to others easily  Research: producer and consumers o Students become consumers o They do not product research o Students rely on research to understand media coverage of scientific findings  o Evaluate public policies based on research o informs your personal and vocational decisions  Applied psychology o Social workers, therapists, forensic psychologists, teachers o to help people with their own behaviors   Facilitated communication o a process by which a person referred to as a facilitator supports the hand and arm  of an audible impaired person while using a keyboard o Problem: facilitator moves individual's hand  o facilitator does not realize that they are making up information  Why psychology research matters? o sex ed vs abstinence only programs  One does not provide safe sex information, the other might promote sex   Natalie Portman  Studied psychology  published in journals  Subdisciplines of psychology  Cognitive psychology  study of mental processes  Developmental psychology  study of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes over the  lifespan   Behavioral psychology   study of the links among brain, mind, and behavior  Biological psychology  study of connections between bodily systems and chemicals, and their  relationship to behavior and thought   Personality psychology  study of what makes people unique and the consistencies in people’s  behavior across time and situations   Social psychology   study of how the real or imagined presence of others influences thought,  feeling, and behavior  Clinical psychology  study of the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and  ways to promote psychological health   Counseling psychology  similar to clinical psychology but may work less severe psychological  disorders  Predictive hypothesis   an educated guess about the relationships between variables   used to address description and prediction   made when the researcher measures the variable of interest but does not  manipulate or control the variables in the study   Conclusions can only state what was observed   Causal hypothesis   an educated guess about how one variable will influence another  only can be made when a researcher controls a variable in a study  Decide on a research strategy after declaring a hypothesis  Predictive hypothesis   naturalistic observations, case studies, surveys, and correlational research  used when a researcher cannot control or manipulate a variable   Population of interest  when a researcher includes every person they are interested in studying   Sample  a portion of the population of interest   Representative sample   a sample which represents a whole population  Random sampling  ensures a representative sample   every member of a population has an equal chance of being selected to  participate in the study   This avoids sampling bias   Samples of convenience   Groups of people who are easily accessible to the researcher   Naturalistic Observations  Research studies that are conducted in the environment in which the  behavior typically occurs  A researcher in this study is an observer of behavior who then describes or mkes predictions about behavior based on what he or she has observed   Used for description and prediction  Case study   an in­depth observation of one participant (person, animal, or  setting/business)   Provides in­depth information about unique situations or unusual  conditions  does not apply to a general population because of it’s rarity   Generalizability   how well a researcher's findings apply to other individuals and situations  findings in case study are limited to the participant being studied   Survey  a research method that asks a large group of people about attitudes,  beliefs, and behaviors   data is used to make predictions and test predictive hypothesis   who and how a question is asked is a critical element in distinguishing  good survey research from biased research  Correlation  the relationship between two or more variables (gender and ager, TV and  violence)  researcher does not control variables but measures them to find a  relationship  relationship between calorie intake and weight gain is a correlation  Correlation coefficient   strength of a correlation  a statistic that shows us how strong the relationship between two factors   Ranges from ­1.00 and +1.00  Perfect correlation  A true ­1.00 or +1.00  The value of one variable always exactly predicts the value of another   zero correlation  no linear relationship between two variables  Positive Correlation  a relationship in which increased in one variable correspond to increase in  another variable   variables change in the same direction  as stress levels increase, so does blood pressure  negative correlation  a relationship in which one variable increases and another decreases  “inverse relationship”   video games and school competence; the more video games = less  competence in school   Correlation studies allow researchers to make predictions about behavior but not  cause and effect conclusions   Experiments   a research method that is used to test causal hypothesis  Two features categorize experiments  #1 the study variables in the study are controlled or manipulated   #2 Participants are randomly assigned to the conditions of the study  The point of an experiment is to manipulate one variable and see what effect this  manipulation has on the other variable  Independent variable  the variable in an experiment that is manipulated   The cause of the experiment; what is being tested  Dependent variable  the variable in an experiment that measures any effect of the manipulation  experimental group  the group of participants who receive the manipulation that is being tested   Control group  the group of participants who do not receive the manipulation that is being tested  baseline comparison for the experimental group  sometimes receives a placebo   Placebo effect  a measureable change in participants behavior due to the expectation or  belief that a treatment will have certain effects   double blind study   an experiment in which neither the experimenters nor the participants  know which group participants have been assigned   confounding variables  any factor other than the independent variable that affects the dependent  measure  age might affect one’s memory or how one handles sleep deprivation  controlled by trying to hold them at a constant value so the outcomes of  the study cannot be attributed to them   when confounding variables are controlled, we find the difference between our groups of dependent variables, and have found a cause and effect   random assignment  a method of assigning participants in which they have an equal chance of  being placed in any group or condition of this study  Quasi­experiment  a research study that is not a true experiment because participants are not  randomly assigned to the different conditions   Advantages of experiments   we approach two goals of psychology (explaining and changing behavior)  with experiments  enables us to determine cause and effect   draw closer conclusions   Disadvantages of experiments  do not address the first two goals (describing and predicting)  conducted in lab settings which may create a false environment  employing the scientific method; it is not possible for ethical or practical  reasons  Institutional review board  a committee that reviews research proposals to ensure that ethical  standards have been met  Informed consent  the ethical principle that research participants are told about various  aspects of the study, including any risks, before they agree.  Participant agreement include  general purpose of study  services available to group  methods of experimentation   aspects that might influence a person’s willingness   compensation  risks or side effects  confidentiality   the ethical principle that researchers do not reveal which data were  collected from which participant  personal information cannot be shared   debriefing   the ethical principle that participants be fully informed by the nature of the study after participating in an experiment involving deception   Wilhelm Wundt  established first lab in 1879 in Germany   structuralism   an early psychological perspective concerned with identifying the basic  elements of experience  introspection  observing one’s own thoughts, fears, or sensations  Margaret Washburn   first woman to be awarded a doctorate in psychology  Edward Tichener  student of Wundt’s   Biological perspective  an approach about physical causes behavior  comparing genetic and nervous system functions to behavior  neuroscience  a field of science that investigates the relationships between the nervous  system and behavior/mental processes   William James  did not share Wundt’s focus on breaking down mental events  proposed a focus on wholeness of an event and the impact of the  environment on behavior  emphasized how a mental process operates as opposed to the structure of a mental process  evolution  refers to the development of species   Natural selection   only organisms best suited to their environment tend to survive and  reproduce  functionalism  an early psychological perspective concerned with how behavior helps  people adapt to their environment  according to James, if human behavior is naturally selected, it is important for psychologists to understand the function, or survival value, of a  behavior  evolutionary perspective  an approach that focuses on how evolution and natural selection influence  behavior  proposes that natural selection is the process at work; behaviors that  develop over time affect chances of survival  Sigmund Freud  focused on neurology and disorders of the nervous system  Theorized that encouraging patients to say whatever comes to mind  allowed them to recall forgotten memories, known as free association  (element of psychoanalysis)  Psychoanalytic theory  Sigmund Freud’s view that emphasized the influence of unconscious  desires and behaviors  Suggests behavior is a result of an internal problem   Psychodynamic perspective   an approach that focuses on internal unconscious mental processes,  motives, and desires that may explain behavior  Behaviorism   a psychological perspective that emphasize the study of observable  responses and behavior  John B. Watson  Supported behaviorism   Ivan Pavlov  Studied digestion in dogs  found that dogs could be conditioned to salivate before they were given  food at the ring of a bell  Stimulus   any object or event that is perceived by our senses  response  an organism's reaction to a stimulus   Watson had conditioned a child to fear a white rat because a loud noise the  followed the image  Behavioral perspective   an approach that focuses on external, environmental influences on  behavior   Sociocultural Perspective  an approach that focuses on societal and cultural factors that may  influence behavior   Society and culture influences our actions  one cannot fully understand or explain a person's behavior without  understanding their culture, gender identity, ethnic identity, or other  factors   Humanism   a psychological perspective that emphasizes the personal growth and  potential of humans   prehistoric views  medicine men and women   treated mental problems by driving out demons   might use ‘trephination’   drilling a small hole in a person’s skull to release demons and spirits   supernatural explanations   ancient views  moved toward natural and physiological explanations  ancient Chinese  made connections between organs and emotions   heart houses the mind; liver housed soul; spleen housed ideas  medieval to early modern views  middle ages  supernatural causes  Asylums = renaissance   bedlam   asylum with terrible conditions and worked toward keeping patients away from society   did not treat people well  movements to be more moral to patients / change their behavior  modern views  Emil Kraepiin   classified different disorders   Sigmund Freud  assumes the unconscious mind is the most powerful force behind thought and behavior   dreams are important for data  Modern views…  psycho therapy   Freud influenced but it is not the same as we use today   drug therapy   new drugs; Freud used opium on every patient   Criteria for diagnosing mental disorders   DSM; book for disorder names; classification of disorders   Philosophy of Empiricism   Empirical evidence  acquired from observations and experiments  Psychology moved in a more science based direction   Sir Francis Bacon (scientific method)   John Locke (blank slate theory)  Nature only  who we become is based on genetics   Nurture only  we are a product of our experiences   Nature through nurture  environment   interacts   with   biology   to   shape   who   we   are (interdependent)  the psychophysics of human perceptions   first scientific form of psychology  relationships between psychology and psychological worlds   William James   Founder of American psychology   Taught G. Stanley Hall   G. Stanley Hall  established first American lab   Francis Sumner  First black American with Ph. D in psychology   humanism   humanists believed that everyone possesses inner resources for personal growth and development   stressed the free will of individuals to choose their own patterns of behavior  Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers   Humanistic behavior  an approach that focuses on how an individual's view of him or herself and the world influences behavior  Behavior stemming from free will and choices  cognition   mental processes such as reasoning and problem solving   cognitive perspective   an approach that focuses on how mental processes influences behavior  Cognitive view focuses on thoughts and interpretation based on memory,   expectations,   beliefs,   problem   solving,   or   decision making  how people process information and how that influences behavior  Positive Psychology   the   study   of   factors   that   contributes   to   happiness,   positive emotions, and well being  Martin Seligman   positive psychology; goal to enable individuals, families, and communities   Carl Rogers  least likely to emphasize the influence of stimuli and responses on behavior 


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