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Week 1 notes pyschology 105

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Brief overview of psychology
Introductory Psychology 105
Noel Vest
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lilas Mekinawe on Thursday January 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to pyschology 105 at Washington State University taught by Noel Vest in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Introductory Psychology 105 in Psychlogy at Washington State University.


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Date Created: 01/21/16
Psychology A scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Why do people do the things that they do? 4 Goals of Psychology 1) Describe behavior 2) Explain behavior 3) Predict behavior 4) Control and Influence behavior Nature Nurture Are we a product of our Or are we a blank slate genes? that is completely shaped by our surrounding? Soft Science Hard Science  Harder to predict  Easier to predict behavior behavior, such as  Look at patterns chemistry or physics and individual behaviors  Gain knowledge through watching behavior, such as psychology or sociology Science Behavior Mental Process Answering Observable Thoughts, questions actions feelings, through perception, methods based motivation, any on facts subjective experiences Ex: what is a got temperature for you may not be for me. Origins of Psych (old white guys)  Fundamental Issues  What areas of human experience should be studied?  What does human behavior tell us about animal behavior and vice versa?  Should psychological issues even be investigated? o Nativism: what you are born with is what you become o Innate: fulfilling, natural, something you are born to do Aristotle: empiricist Experience is the most important factor to psych He studied systems and physiology which impacted the emergence of psychology Inductive Ex: the white swan problem -All the swans you have ever seen are white. So you conclude that swans are white. But what if you see a black swan? This means, you can’t base everything off of observations alone. That is the problem with inductive reasoning. Deductive Good for predictions and theories. Start with the theory, then predict what will happen. That way you can’t throw anything out but make changes. Rene Descartes The mind and body are separate. “I think; therefore, I am” Interactive Dualism The mind and body are separate, but they can interact to produce sensations, emotions and other conscious experiences.  Mind: mental properties and operations.  Body: physical systems (machine like)  This is what seperates us from animals, (Descartes believed) is that animals were just the machine part.  Even though a lot of this was wrong, this provided a framework/methodology for future psychologists


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