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Week one notes: Chapter 1: History

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Week one notes: Chapter 1: History 1004

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The lecture notes for Chapter 1: History
Introduction to Psychology
Benjamin DeVore
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Date Created: 08/07/16
[PP 1: Intro to Psychology- 8/25/2016] ~Psychological science  Definition: study of behavior and brain processes o Many different fields and many different professions o Behavior experts, psychophysics, brain injuries, brain functions, perceptual psych  Goals of physc- focus is on behavior- better understand it to modify and “control” behavior  Tools: o Scientific method- observation, problem ID, hypth, experiment, theory formulation  To be a good psych you have to be a good observer- just like any other scientist  Examples: Chemo treatment  Observation= depression goes hand and hand with chemo and having cancer  Theory- serotonin blockers are part of the chemo treatment-> decrease serotonin which leads to depression o One of the goal of psych- ID, test and break theories  Why study pysch? o IDing fact vs fiction in media  Little certainty in most statements- want a little bit of facts/ evidence in statements  Example) Atlanta Times and Nuke codes  Article said that men and that members of military are the only ones that should have codes BUT.. o They only asked men and members of the military thou- no women or civilians asked o NOT A GOOD EXPERIMENT  The only type of test that enables us to confer causality= experimental design o Research methods  Appropriate designs- must have an experimental design  Ex) Atlanta ex from above  Replication- must be able to get the same results over and over at different labs, and done by differnet groups/ experts  Methods and treatments must have scientific support  Ex) crawl therapy- children that did not crawl as much were more likely to develop psychotherapy – findings were never replicated outside of that lab o Psychotherapy: the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means.   Control groups- must have base line to compare test group too  Ex) super male syndrome- really angry dudes- more angry then the normal male. Why? XYY- extra Y o What was wrong? Experts went out and tried to find children with the gene and see if they eventually matched the stereotype- NO CONTROL GROUP  Must have a control group to determine what outside factors may or may not impact it o How decisions are made in behavioral sciences  Make probability statements- never exactly right  Significant findings (95% sure)= majority of the findings  All based off of stats  Nobel prizes- will study close to 30 in this course  Why? A bunch of pysch. have discovered and solved a lot of the mysteries of the brain  New findings are always coming out that change the way that psych. Think about conditions and treat patients o Citizen quality- ethics and behavior  Behavioral control-  1936: Delgado stops a charging bull with a remote stimulation o Delgado knew that there were certain brain circuits that controlled anger and that he could stimulate those circuits with his remote to stop the attack- inhabited the right section of the brain and pacified the attack  Cloning & Steam cells: what are appropriate experiments to do? What are appropriate uses  Understanding social factors  Kitty Genovese- the rape and murder story: no one reported it o BYSTANDER EFFECT- birth of psych study of bystander effect  When there is more people involved in something/ around you think that you don’t have to do anything about what is going on- “someone else will do it”  Bio basics of behavior  Organic or psychological – what is do to genetics? What is due to mental processes o Almost all pysch conditions has psych, chemical, and biological factors o All evidence shows that psychological is biological  History o Don’t need to know: o Need too know:  Mind body controversy  Soul= mind) syno. In this course  Explanation free will: o In science- there is no free will- brain stimulation controls actions o Free will= exist in philosophy  Philosophical doctrine- your philosophy determines what you see and how you perceive what you are seeing (people with 2 different philosophies may see same thing and think to different things) o Monism: body and environment  Aristotle and Hippocrates and Galen= examples  A) mind is form that substance body takes  G) smart physician- had access to roman gladiators- could study the effects that brain injuries had on the gladiators and their actions- how the different parts of the brain worked and how their absence/ injury o New that the brain impacted actions  Science= monistic approach o Dualism: body and maybe soul o Interactionism: mind and soul that interacts with the body when it comes to free will  Not an issue in psych- can’t study the soul o Must localize the issue  Localization brain and behavior  History o Discovery of the use of electricity and the brain  Bartholow- 1874: worked with Mary Rafferty- stimulated left side of her brain with electricity and say the distinct reaction of the muscles on the right side of the body  Delgado cat experiment- lifted left hind leg in response to electrical stimuli  Right side of the brain controls Left side and the left side of the brain controls right side of the body o Penfield: 1950s- mapped the sensory and motor cortices of human patients during epilepsy surgery  Cerebral cortex of man- clinical study of localization of function o More dudes  Lametire- man the machine  Tortured by catholic church- not the only pysch/ scientist o Pope apologized in 1997  Descartes- father of psychophysiology  Paid by the church- did not try to study that didn’t have to do anything with free will BUT knew that we had to study human behavior o Got church to agree with him and was able to do research  Discovered Pinal body- back of brain stem- had access to men who died in religious wars o The first lab-  Germany with Wilhelm Wundt  His school= structuralism o Emphasized introspection  Subject matter= experience- objective  Basis for sci inquiry= repetitive, control and systematic results- not really the case with this idea  Downfall  44,000 elements of consciousness- not exact  Not directly observable- based all of what the patient reported o Brought to US by Titchener ~The Brain  Motor and Sensory cortex. o Motor= anterior (frontal lobe) and sensory (parietal lobe)= posterior o As you move inferiorly down the lobes you move superiorly up the body in the body part that is control  Ie) top of motor/ sensory= feet while bottom part (closest to auditory cortex)= face/lips  Auditory cortex= temporal lobe  o Broca’s area= speech center- produces speech  Frontal lobe o Wernicke’s area- language comprehension  Dominant temporal lobe  Occipital lobe= sight & right sides= left eye and left side= left eye  Left brain= logic brain o Looks at things in pieces and then puts them together o Verbal process center o Logic= left  Right brain= stupid brain/ creative brain o Visual process center and looks at the whole picture then the details o Nonverbal/ thinking area


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