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PSYC 101 Chapter 1 Notes

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PSYC 101 Chapter 1 Notes PSYC 101

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Intro Psychology
Barbara Wilson
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PSYC 101 Chapter 1: What is Psychology?▯ Psychology: Scientific study of behavior and mental processes▯ 3 Key components:▯ -Science: Scientific methods to observe behavior▯ -Behavior: what can be directly observed▯ -Mental Processes: thoughts, feelings, motives that we experience privately, cannot be ob- served ▯ Testing assumptions▯ Skepticism▯ - skeptical people challenge whether a fact is true ▯ - They question what everyone knows (Ex. women are inferior to men) ▯ Objectivity▯ -Be open to the evidence▯ -Use the empirical method to learn - the empirical method is gaining information through obser- vations, collecting data, logical reasoning▯ Curiosity▯ ▯ History of Psychology has it roots in▯ how was the discipline of psychology come to be▯ Western Philosophy▯ -Ancient greece 4th and 5th century▯ -Socrates, plato, aristotle debated the nature of thought and behavior and the link between mind and body. is there a link between the mind and the body?▯ -Psychology grew out of this tradition of thinking about the body and mind▯ ▯ Biology and Psychology▯ Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920)▯ -German philosopher and also a physician ▯ ▯ -in 1879 he established the first psychology lab initially because he wanted to study the ▯ ▯ workings of the brain and how mental processes could be measured.▯ ▯ -He was intent on identifying the structures of the mind- structures of mental processes▯ ▯ -His method of study was introspection: looking inside▯ ▯ -He used a systematic approach and part of the way he collected data was to get self reports from the participants in a controlled laboratory▯ ▯ ▯ William James(Functionalism) (1842-1910)▯ -philosopher▯ ▯ -He was interested in what was the purpose of the mind, what was the function?]▯ ▯ - Identified the functions and purposes of the mind and the human process ▯ ▯ - what was the purpose of thoughts▯ ▯ -Why is human thought adaptable▯ ▯ - Stream of consciousness: The mind is flexible and fluid▯ ▯ Contemporary approaches:▯ Current Physiological ▯ ▯ Perspectives/approaches:▯ • Biological▯ • Behavioral ▯ • Psychodynamic▯ • humanistic ▯ • cognitive▯ • Evolutionary▯ • Sociocultural▯ ▯ Biological Approach: focuses on the brain and the central nervous system.Looks at genetics ▯ ▯ -Neuroscience▯ -The scientific study of the structure, function, development, genetics, biochemistry of the ner- vous system, emphasizing that the brain and NS are key to understanding behavior, thoughts and emotions▯ - Allowed psychologist to better understand the brain as amazing complex organ▯ Behavioral Approach: emphasizes the scientific study of behavior responses and the environ- ment ▯ -Focuses on the environmental determinants of observable behavior▯ Behaviorist Approach▯ Notable behaviorist who dominated psychological research from the first half of the 20th century▯ • John Watson (1878 -1958)▯ • B.F. Skinner (1904-1990)▯ • Rejected thought processes and focused on behavior - what people DO▯ ▯ Psychodynamic Approach- Freud (Founding father of this approach)▯ Psychodynamics emphasizes:▯ • unconscious thought▯ • The conflict between biological drives and the demands of society▯ • early childhood family experience ▯ • Believe that sexual and aggressive impulses buried deep within the unconscious mind influ- ence the way we think, feel and behave▯ ▯ Humanistic Approach ▯ Humanist emphasizes a persons:▯ • Positive human qualities ▯ • Their capacity for positive growth▯ Humanist says we have free will, we can choose how we want to live our lives▯ Free will: the freedom to chose ones destiny, We are not victims of our environment and can control our lives: We choose how we will respond▯ Humanist theorist▯ • Carl Rogers- 1961▯ • Abraham Maslow -1971▯ Cognitive Approach▯ The cognitive approach emphasizes the mental processes involved in knowing▯ (Memory, decision making, problem solving, creativity, how we direct our attention, perceive, think.. etc)▯ Information processing▯ ….How humanist interpret incoming info, weigh it, store it, and apply it▯ Sociocultural Approach▯ • Examines the way social and cultural environments influence behavior and mental processes▯ • Argues that understanding ones behavior requires knowing the cultural context in which be- havior occurs▯ ▯ Careers in Psychology▯ Practice / Applied (clinical practice 24% Private practice 22%)▯ Research▯ Teaching- Academic environments (34 %)▯ ▯ Areas of Specialization▯ • Physiological Psych / Behavioral Neuroscience▯ • Sensation and perception (physical systems with psychological processes allows us to expe- rience the world)▯ • Learning (Operant and classical conditioning) ▯ • Cognitive Psychology (Attention, consciousness, information processing, memory)▯ • Developmental psychology (how we develop across a life span)▯ • Motivation & Emotion (What motivates us)▯ • Psychology of Women and Gender▯ • Personality Psychology ( why are you the way you are)▯ Social Psychology▯ • • Industrial / Organizational Psychology ( in the fields of corporate America how do we motivate our employees)▯ • Clinical & counseling Psychology (psychotherapist who works with you)▯ • Health Psychology (body, mind and spirit connection)▯ • Community psychology- Mental health clinics▯ • School and Educational psychology ▯ • Environmental Psychology▯ Forensic Psychology- applies psychological concepts to the legal system (Jury selection)▯ • • Sports Psychology ( Increases sports performance)▯ • Cross-Cultural Psychology (How culture affects behavior, thought and emotion)▯


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