Definiton, Subfields, and Brief History of Psychology

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Definiton, Subfields, and Brief History of Psychology

Definition and sub-fields of psychology, along with case studies and a brief history of psychology.

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University Of Connecticut
Psyc 1103 - General Psychology II (Enhanced)

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PSYC 1103 1st Edition Lecture 2 Outline of Last Lecture I. Go over syllabus a. Goals of the course b. Required text c. Grade calculation d. Research Participation Outline of Current Lecture II. Is psychology a science? i. Active dreaming example III. Psychology: A Definition IV. Psychology: Subfields V. Case Studies VI. Brief History of Psychology i. Additive Decomposition Current Lecture I. Is psychology a science? Psychology would like to be called a science  it’s marketed like that (ex: things that say “Funded by ____ Science Institute” and so on). Reasons why it could be a science: follows the scientific method Reasons why it may not be a science: Not quantifiable, you can’t directly observe properties, and you can’t really define things (ex: how do you define happiness?) Active Dreaming  Robert Moss  Says you can learn how to do it and it will improve your life  His idea is that dreaming is being fully in this world while maintaining contact with another world that has deeper logic and life’s purpose  This example shows how seems more towards spirituality and not so much science Science principles: Process Measurement: can you define the constructs you want to find? Theory: connecting all the pieces across all psych domains. There’s no big over-arching theory in psychology, which is a missing piece of the science category. II. Psychology: A Definition Scientific study of behavior and mind

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