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PSYC 2010, Week 1 Notes

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PSYC 2010, Week 1 Notes PSYC 2010 - 001

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These notes cover the first week of class. The main topic is the history of psychology, and what it is.
Introduction into Psychology
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kelli Daniels on Friday August 19, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSYC 2010 - 001 at Auburn University taught by Jennifer Daniels in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 47 views. For similar materials see Introduction into Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at Auburn University.

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Date Created: 08/19/16
Psychology | Week 1  Psychology: scientific study of behavior and mental processes o Science: the use of systematic methods to observe, describe, predict, and explain behavior o Behavior: everything we do that can be observed o Mental processes: thoughts, feelings, and motives that each of us experiences privately but cannot be observed directly  Is Psychology more than common sense? o People who live together before marriage have longer, happier marriages. o The more ice cream is purchased, the rate of violence increases  In the heat, people are more likely to buy ice cream, and more likely to fight. Roots of Psychology  Philosophy, Biology, and Physiology o Greek philosophers: Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle o French philosopher: Descartes (reflexes) o Direct observation, reasoning, theory of motivation, drives, sensing, remembering, desiring, reacting, thinking, memory, and sleep. Modern Psychology  1879 University of Leipzig – Wilhelm Wundt  Structuralism (Wundt & Tichener): attempted to identify the structures of the human mind with introspection. o Introspection: looking inward  Functionalism (William James): concerned with the functions and purposes of the mind and behavior in the way we adapt to the environment. o Influenced our modern way of looking at things.  Important Females o Mary Whiton Calkins: 1st female president of APA o Margaret Floy Washburn: 1st female to receive a psychology Ph.D.; 2nd female APA president 2


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