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Ch. 1 Notes

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Ch. 1 Notes PSY 1013

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These are the note for the first chapter. Ill be uploading more really soon!
General Psychology
Ashley Coleman
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Intro to Psychology




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by justin_1522 on Sunday September 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 1013 at Mississippi State University taught by Ashley Coleman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 67 views. For similar materials see General Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at Mississippi State University.


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Date Created: 09/04/16
Introduction to Psychological Science Ch. 1  The Scientific Method  Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, including perceptions, thoughts, and  emotions  A hypothesis is a testable prediction that can be observed and measured. It can be  falsified.  All theories are not equally plausible.  What Influences Behavior?  Biopsychological Model  Biological: genes, brain anatomy and function, and evolution  Psychological:behavior, perception, thought, and experience  Sociocultural: interpersonal relationship, families, groups, societies, and ethnicities  Origin of Psychology  Empiricism­ A philosophical tenet that knowledge comes through experience  Determinism­ the belief that all events are governed by lawful, cause­and­effect  relationships  Zeitgeist­ A general set of beliefs of a particular culture at a specific time in history  Materialism­ the belief that humans, and other living beings, are composed  exclusively of physical matter  Origins of Psychology  Gustav Fechner­ sensation and perception  Charles Darwin: Evolutionary Theory  Medicine­ Clinical Psychology, Brain Injuries, Hypnosis( Franz and Mesmer)  Psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud)  Social Sciences­ economics, sociology, and anthropology  Sociocultural Perspectives  Norman Triplett­ conducted one of the 1st formal experiments on social influences  Kurt Lewin­ Founded modern social psychology; found that behavior is a fucntion  of the individual and the environment  Professions in Psychology  Research Psychologists­ typically work at universities, in corporations, in the  military, and in government agencies    Applied Psychology­ uses psychological knowledge to address problems and  issues across various settings and professions   Academic Psychologists­ work at colleges and universities, and combine teaching  with conducting research  Psychological Health  Forensic Psychology­emphasizes work in the criminal justice system  School Psychology­ involves work with students with special needs, such as  emotional, social, or academic problems  Health Psychology­ the study of how individual,biological, and environmental  factors affect physical health. (behavioral medicine)  Corporate Psychology  Industrial and Organizational Psychology­ psychologists work for businesses and  other organizations to improve employee productivity and organization of the  business  Human Factor Psychology­ the study of how people interact with tools, physical  spaces or products   


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