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PSY 101, Week 1(First Day) Notes

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PSY 101, Week 1(First Day) Notes PSY 101 08

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Intro to Psycology
Joel Quamme
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kaity Notetaker on Tuesday August 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 101 08 at Grand Valley State University taught by Joel Quamme in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 52 views. For similar materials see Intro to Psycology in Psychology (PSYC) at Grand Valley State University.

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Date Created: 08/30/16
Psychology Intro & Chp. 1 Notes What is Psychology? o Classified as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes 1.Behavior: Observable Actions 2.Mental Processes: Internal state inferred from behavior (unobservable) Scientific Psychology o Psychologists must rely on observed facts (measurements) about behavior  Even study of the mind o Use of scientific method to answer questions o Many levels of analysis, from molecular to social influences EX: Depression can be examined through different lenses or levels due to the multiple characteristics. Social (Interactions, Relationships with Others) Behavioral (Activities) Mental/Cognitive (Thoughts/ Feelings) Neurological (Brain Structure) Neurochemical (Brain Chemistry) Molecular (Genes) Difficulty in Psychology o Behaviors are caused by multiple characteristics o Causes are not independent > Influence each other o Wide individual differences Ex: Intellectual ability > different across populations o Reciprocal Determinism: “the fact that we mutually influence each other’s behavior” (pg. 6)  Feedback loops o Culture > social context that all behaviors occur within


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