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Lecture 2 - The History of Psychology (Continued)

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Lecture 2 - The History of Psychology (Continued) PSY 1012-002

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These notes cover today's lecture (08/24/2016).
General Psychology
James J. Jakubow
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Psychology, Science, GenEd
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Date Created: 08/24/16
Mid 1700s  Ability to control electricity.   ● Leyden jars are developed in 1745 CE as a practical way to store electricity   ● Luigi Galvani showed that electricity could make disembodied limbs twitch  It was clear that brain function and nerves controlled movement.    Late 1700s  ● Christian Kratzenstein used electricity to electrocute legs of paralyzed patients   ○ It was believed that electricity could unclog a damaged nerve  ● Giovanni Aldini (Galvani’s nephew) treated his patients with electric eels  ○ He also tried to resuscitate executed criminals   The 19th Century and the beginning of Psychology   ● 1820s: Sensation experiments  ● 1825: Brain mapping experiments  ○ Experimented on dogs  ● 1852: Nerve conduction speeds  ○ How quickly electricity travels through your nerves to your brain?   ● 1859: Evolution  ○ Theory of Evolution gives an organizational structure to the animal kingdom   ● 1860s: Reaction time studies  ○ Measuring the time it takes to make a decision and respond.   ● 1879: Wilhelm Wundt and the First Psychology lab  ○ Conducts basic biological experiments about why and how people think the way  they do. He started Psychology.     ★   How long has  Psychology  been in  existence?  137 years    Human observers estimate candle in room inaccurately. Either overestimate or underestimate.     Biological creatures seem to function on a curve linear basis vs inanimate objects being linear  and stable.      Defining Psychology  ● If you define psychology as the study of thoughts and feelings then you find that…  ○ Thoughts are immeasurable  ■ They cannot be directly recorded   ● Reports of thoughts and feelings come from secondary measures   ○ Verbal reports  ○ Brain scans  ○ Electrical activity 


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