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PSYC 461 - 2

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Plato: What is the truth? Epistemology, Rationalism, Empiricism, etc. Origins of Psychology to the development of Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive psychology
John W Webster
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Cognitive Psychology, wundt, Plato, qualia, Functionalism, structuralism, synthesis, descartes, Kant
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Date Created: 09/10/16
461 LECTURE 8/31/2016 Epistemology: theory of knowledge Behavior is driven by our beliefs and our knowledge Rationalism Synthesis Empiricism There is a difference between what you believe is true and what is accurate Plato: What is the truth?  Idealism: Someone who knows how to make the world a better place  Distinction between the body (initially dies and motivated by lust, anger, etc.) and the spirit  Spirit came from a place where it is ideal – objects exist in its perfect form (i.e.. perfect chair)  We’re born! Knowledge about the ideal is gone by the trauma of birth  Is knowledge true?  Plato: You can’t trust your senses to give you accurate information because it’s going to be biased (organs are notoriously inaccurate)  Reason it through and separate them from other contexts – to know what is true  Knowledge is remembering – we only need a teacher to help us remember  Innate Ideas – Knowledge is not acquired; we’re born with it o SCIENCE – go out and look for knowledge (epistemology)  Empirically Test – whether it is or is not  Measurable – use our senses o Epistemology – to interpret what ideas mean Empiricism: knowledge comes from experience  Does not agree with Innate Ideas – we learn  Descartes (Rationalist Philosopher): Believed that soul and mind are distinct from body – but we have innate ideas about God and morality  Emmanuel Kant: “The great synthesis” took the best arguments of people and made a distinction between the aspects of knowledge that are part of the world we live in (A priori – before we’re born – Innate Ideas) and the knowledge the we learn (a posteriori – what we acquire) THE GREAT SYNTHESIS A PRIORI A POSTERIORI  Innate Ideas  Facts that we learn  Organize & Structure Ideas o Pineal Gland – small organ in the brain that is in the middle – where we come in together. 1879 – Wilhelm Wundt: Established first formal Psychology Laboratory – Sensory processes in the mind  PET SCAN – looked at the brain  Structuralism: Mind have different structures in a Psychological way – Emotions, perceptions, etc. o Introspection – By: Edward Titchener (Wundt’s student) – looking into yourself by asking yourself different questions (SUBJECTIVE – what you tell me) – technique to try to look into someone’s mind  Qualia: Qualities of objects (main problem) – taste that we have, colors we see, etc. o How does wet feel? o How can you tell a person that’s Congenitally Blind, how Red looks like?  PHENOMENOLOGY: We live in our heads – we have ideas we recognize – exist within us (internalize) o Different perspectives of humans – how baristas talk to customers and people who work in retail is different


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