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PDF Week 1 Notes Psychology 1300

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Intro to Psychology
Dr. Herb Agan
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Date Created: 01/23/16
Notes for the week of 1/19/2016-1/22/2016 What is a theory?  Essentially, a theory is an explanation to how several different things relate o Ex: Heliocentrism is a theory because it explains that the Earth revolves around the Sun What are the goals of psychology when studied as a science?  The first is description: which is to classify behaviors as accurately as possible o Ex: Describe mental processes  Secondly is explanation: give reasons for those behaviors o Ex: The patient was depressed due to a death in the family  Next is prediction: where you give a hypothesis on the conditions that will affect the behavior classified  Lastly is influence: this is when you use the results found and apply them to problems in the real world What is critical thinking?  It’s the process of evaluating claims and conclusions to determine if they are well- supported and logical What is a variable?  It is any factor that can be controlled/measured/manipulated o Ex: If you did a study on plants and their growth you could change the amount of water each plant received (the water would then be the variable) What is the difference between a controlled group and an experimental group?  The experimental group is exposed to the independent variable in the study, while the controlled group is used for comparison against the experimental group, so it is not given the variable. o Ex: An experimental group of plants are given different measures of water to look at their growth, while all of the controlled group is given the same amount of water. The controlled group would be compared to the experimented group to see the differences between them and how their water intake affected that. th Max Weber: 19 century political thinker explained traditionalism in psychology. Traditionalism is about customs and what has been done before. He then saw that people get their “roots” and their stability from their traditions. Ex: Royalty comes from tradition, and different countries that do this are: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


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