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PSY 401 Week 5 Notes

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These notes cover lectures on Sept. 20th and 22nd
History and Systems of Pscyhology
Sara Ann Tompkins
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Date Created: 10/06/16
PSY 401 Lecture 9- The Birth of Modern Psychology Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:33 PM Today: Empiricism, Associationism, Utilitarianism • The What/Who/Why of empiricism o What is empiricism? o Who? • Bacon • Locke • Hume o Empiricism applied • Psychophysics o 1879-- the beginning of empiricism • The "What" of empiricism o Epistemology again! o Experience= knowledge • A posteori knowledge o We bring together information through our sensory systems and this is how we accumulate knowledge o Advocate for induction-- we gather information through sensory and experience • "Who" of empiricism o Aristotle o The British Empiricists • Bacon • Locke • Hume o Francis Bacon • In the running for title "Father of Modern Psychology" • Methodological unity • Science is the key! § But he was not a scientist…oops • Life § Cambridge § Paris § London-- involved in practical Law as a lawyer in Parliament § Convicted of bribery while working in parliament § Died from stuffing a chicken with snow • This is how he is a scientist-- he got pneumonia from being outside in the snow studying animals (specifically a chicken) • Studied the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat • Our quest for knowledge can be successful § He saw value in Skepticism, but challenged that it i s flawed § Had no real methods but… • The "art of discovery may advance as discoveries advance" • Being like a spider (one end of the extreme) • Teamwork • What are you generating by yourself/with others? • Or like an ant (other end of the extreme) • We should be in bet ween the two animals, like a bee • Argued against rationalism and said we should be inductive and gather data • Idols § Common senses that divert us from our quest of knowledge • Impedements to knowing something § Idols of the tribe • Falling into the "because I said so" authority of things • As humans, we are okay with overly simple answers § Idols of the cave • We all have our own unique prejudices that blind us from our quest for knowledge § Idols of the marketplace • If you're given the answer, you stop seeking it • Normative § Idols of the theatre • We're too easily accepting of the dictates of authority • Society should support studies in( Advocates for naturalistic approaches to these topics): § Sleep and dreaming § Development from infancy to old age § ** § ** § ** o John Locke (1632-1704) • Life § Oxford § Natural sciences and medicine § Law and parliament (common theme) • Idea of Tabula Rasa § "white paper" § No innate ideas of morality and God • No knowledge of good or bad • No knowledge of God § Mind is a blank slate, you're born with nothing innate • What's important to empiricists is our mind -- therefore education is key • Locke & Psychology § Primary and secondary qualities (like Galileo) • Qualities of stimulus objects in the physical world • Primary quality: the structure, the given way it is • Secondary quality: the color, etc. it's unique to YOU, can be argued, dependent on the perceiver § Education is important over nature (** school psychology) § Children • Let children question everything, let them be educated • Fresh air, sleep, exercise • Brutal & corporal punishments for children at this time • Believed in hardening-- turning physical punishment into a disheartening way of punishing • Letting children cry it out, sleep on hard bed, be uncomfortable, etc. • Punishment is ok, but not as good as positive rei nforcement • Punishment isn't effective for path of education o David Hume- causality and REAL empiricism • Maintain that our experience is simply a chain of events • Very close to psychology • Life § Scottish- University of Edinburgh § Age 15 after leaving had a nervou s breakdown, sent to France to recover § "A Treatise of Human Nature"-- poor seller! • Had a good sense of humor; joked about his enemies (the Christians) • They hated him because his views differed from the church at the time § Unorthodox religious views • All of his books were on forbidden book list! • Experience is the primary subject matter of philosophy § Don't look to reason, but look to experience • Causality is a secondary quality; a psychological problem § Don’t rely on causality, it could drive you crazy trying to find the one true cause of everything; there is no one true cause • Mental life cannot be reasoned about… it's all about impressions & ideas § Ideas are fainter impressions of images § Relates everything back to experience § Our bundles of sensation are all physiology -- NOT a higher power • Discussion: What would these empiricists think of our current education system? • Empiricism and Education o Current calls for education reform • Too much standardized testing? • How should grades be u sed--should they even be used? • 40% of US earns college degree • Associationism o David Hartley-- 7 social ideas o Utilitarianism • Jeremy Bentham-- Laws & Psych (forensic today*) § Every law is an infraction of liberty § Greatest good for the greatest number of peopl e § Doubted innate knowledge § Life • Oxford • Law • Donated his body to science (unheard of at the time) • Principle of Utilitarianism § Psychological hedonism-- a sensation of feeling good… Freud's ideas perhaps stemmed from this? § Actions should be judged in terms of their social consequences for pleasure or pain • It's not right for it to be judged on the revolution of the crime § Cruel and unnecessary punishment should be avoided • What is justice? It's been based more on emotion -- our consequences based on our emotion, which isn't right § Utalitarianism applied • Is our current legal system stressful? Yes! • For jurors • For victims (children, elderly, mentally ill) • For lawyers, police officers • Therapeutic jurisprudence : legal system's role as a therapeutic agent • Bentham would call for this • Being smarter about effects on those in the room (court) • Being a support system for victims and perpetrator to be more understanding • Mary Wollstonecraft o Early pioneer in the battle for women's emancipation o Argued against essentialism o "If mind is white paper, education is permanent" o Life • Father gambled and drunk his inheritance • Informal education (women not educated formally) § Women seemed too "emotional" to be educated § "Ignorance is a frail based virtue" • Mary challenged women to not be frail-- to stand up for themselves and demand education • Teacher • Her second daughter married Shelley -- Mary Shelley: wrote Frankenstein • Train women in fields like medicine, law, etc. • Importance of empiricism for women across all fields • John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) o Modernizing empiricism o Looking at the mind in mechanical terms o Life • Coined term utalitarian (19th century liberalism) • Harriet got him interested in love (his lover) • Suffered severe depression • Used poetry and art to bring himself back (and love) o Didn't want to push psychology into a science by "biologizing it" • All states of mind are understood by other states of mind or by states of the body PSY 401 Lecture 10- The Birth of Modern Psychology (Philosophy) Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:31 PM Rationalism-- the "What" and the "Who" Today • What is rationalism • Who is rationalism o Descartes o Spinoza o Leibniz o Kant • Rationalism Applied • Discussion & 2 min paper • "What" o Rationalism comes from the Greek word "ratio" o Reason, Think, Reckon o Rationalist would use deductive reasoning o A priori knowledge • Independent of experience • Innate o Mind is active in selecting organizing and discriminating o Deductive arguments o The mind is active, rather than what Locke said (that it's passive) o Rene Descartes • I think therefore I am--"Cogito ergo sum" • In the running for father of modern psychology (as well as Bacon and Vives) • While he was doubting, he could not doubt that he was doubting, and therefore he was thinking § While he is thinking, he is existing • Dualist § The mind and the body are physically different entities § He believed they interacted in the pineal gland (believed that was the center of our brain) • Distinct senses; we can rely on the senses • Rationalist § Pushed his ability to doubt • Founder of modern philosophy • Mathematician** § He uses a mathematical approach to debate his messages § His use of math helps us to separate him from the field of philosophy • Emphasis on deduction and mathematical proof • The Descartes Method § He pushes the limits of his ability to doubt • Never accept anything as true unless it is clear and immune from doubt • If it's complex, break it down into different parts; divide all difficulties into as many parts as possible • Take comprehensive notes; complete and comprehensive reviews so nothing is omitted • Start with easiest and simplest elements and then proceed to the complex § Do you have your own method? Think about your individual method for approaching problems • Typically, methods help us • Always work on refining your method (can change and learn from others) o Baruch Spinoza • "God is one, that is, only one substance can be granted in the universe. Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived." • He was excommunicated from his church (shunne d), which is a big deal • What motivates people? Fear § People in church fear Hell • If there is only God, according to Spinoza, then it's impossible that demonology would even exist (no Hell) § He is radically monist (one God one view) • Radical • Life § Jewish § Moved to Holland to escape Spanish persecution of Jews § Heidelberg • Ethics • Was offered very lush positions to be a philosopher, but refused them all because they meant compromising his monist views § Ended up working on lenses (low level society) and this is said to have led to his death--inhaling chemicals at work o Spinoza on Descartes and Religious Authority • Against Descartes ideas of Dualism • Founded the beginnings of a rebellion against religious authority § Against demonology • People cannot be possessed § Pantheist o Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz • The Great Unifier • Life § Influenced by father's death § Alchemist § Refused University positions in preference of working for Princes and Politicians (took the cushy life) • Unified… § Medicine & Science § Catholics and Protestants • Invented the first "Calculating Machine" § *Math is important again • Also struggling with Descartes idea of dualism o Leibniz-- Uniformitarianism • Perception vs. Appreciation § Monads and petites perceptions • The petite perceptions (sensory information) can interact to create the large things that we sense (for example the thunder we hear outside) • *Sensation and perception in today's psychology • We don’t attend to all the little bits of information, only what we need to attend to create our perceptions (this is today's view on it) § The mind and the body act like two clocks on the wall, separate from each other, working in sync but never interacting with each other • Nature Never makes leaps § Change is gradual and takes place over periods of time • Uniformitarianism • Changes in consciousness gradual not "jumps" o Immanuel Kant-- "Critique of Pure Reason" • He saw a reason between empiricism and rationalism (the grey area) • Life § Prussian (German Philosopher) § Unmarried § University of Koenigsberg (never left his hometown-- revered by the people there still) § Very strict upbringing focusing on religion • Dwelling on "heaven and hell" rather than life § "The starry heavens above me, the moral law within me" • All knowledge begins with experience § Similar to Locke-- Tabula Rosa (blank slate); so Kant does acknowledge empiricists • Knowledge begins with sensory experience § We must also have this rational mind outside of empiricism • Mind is active unlike Locke who said it was passive § Mind makes experience intelligib le, rather than just relying on senses o Kant-- Social Psychology • Theory of moral development § Heteronomy • Government from outside • Rule that governs moral behavior from the outside • Lay out the rules, tell us how to live § Autonomy • Leading to self-government • Ruling from within oneself • Discussion-- Autonomy o Are we hardwired to desire autonomy -- to defy being controlled? o Studies show restrictions on our autonomy is a great source of unhappines


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