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Psych 1101, Week 2 Notes

by: Jasmine Cole

Psych 1101, Week 2 Notes PSYCH 1101 C

Jasmine Cole
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These notes cover this weeks notes covering Chapter 1.
Introduction to Psychology
Dr. Kristy Sorenson
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Intro to Psychology, Psychology
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Date Created: 09/02/16
Psychology Week 2/Ch. 1 3 Main levels of analysis: Biopsychosocial Approach – looks at all 3 to really understand the phenomenon.  Biological influences (ex: Eating disorder)  Psychological Influences – internal things (thoughts/feelings)  Social-Cultural Influences – beginning of Psychology they ignored these influences. These influences influence what we do. The Need for Psychological Science  Humans have a bias  Humans cannot rely solely on intuition and common sense. Intuition: we do not know for sure, we just assume  Hindsight Bias- looking into the past, and should have known that was going to happen. “I knew it all along”  Overconfidence- think they can do more than they can.  Perceiving order in random events – trying to see “order” when there is no order (example: horoscopes) Scientific Attitude  Curiosity- want to know why.  Skepticism- not believing someone just because they say it is true, need evidence to support it.  Critical thinking- series of steps you take to help you through any bias.  Humility- if the data shows you’re wrong, you have to accept you made a mistake. The Scientific Method (type of critical thinking)  Observation- observe surroundings to make a hypothesis/ test.  Hypotheses- a guess/ prediction that is very specific.  Theory- reflection of hypotheses, which explains a phenomenon.  Replication- repeat same study but changing it in a slightly different way.  Operational definition- exactly how you measured a variable. A Good Theory…  Effectively Organizes- Makes sense  Leads to clear predictions- clear hypothesis  Often stimulates research- constantly create more questions  May be replicated Types of Studies:  Case Studies- Examines one individual in depth.  Naturalistic Observations- Record behavior natural environment.  Surveys and interviews- examines many cases in less depth.  Random sampling – everyone from the population has an equal chance of being selected for sample.  Inference- taking results from sample and applying it to the population.  Correlation- measure of how closely related 2 factors vary together, or how well you can predict a change in 2 one from observing a change in the other. (100 degrees outside = sweat)  Correlation Coefficient:  Positive- 0 and +1.00  Negative- 0 and -1.00  Illusory Correlation- 2 variables and it looks like they are but they are not.  Regression towards the mean- sample mean either increases or decreases, if you take another sample the mean if going to be either closer of farther from the mean.  Experimentation: (use study as a general term) Variables  Independent- anything the researcher changes, it changes the dependent.  Dependent- anything measured, it changes because of the independent variable.  Confounding- could cause a dependent variable, but needs to be taken out of the experiment. 3


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