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Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.


Lecture number:
1
Pages:
2
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
Indiana University, Bloomington
Course:
Psy-P 101 - Introductory psychology

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PSY 101 1st Edition Lecture 1 Outline of Last Lecture N A Outline of Current Lecture I What is Psychology II The Origins of Psychology III The Influence of Psychology Current Lecture I II III What is Psychology a Psychology the scientific study of behavior and mental processes i Scientific Psychology involves answering questions objectively based on observable facts data and established methods ii Behavioral Psychology involves observing actions iii The observation of Mental Processes involves the observation of thoughts feelings sensations and perceptions The Origins of Psychology a Fundamental Issues i How should psychology be defined ii What is the proper subject matter of psychology iii Which areas of human experience should be studied iv What methods should be used to investigate psychological issues v Should psychology include the study of nonhuman animal behavior vi Should psychological findings be used to change or enhance human behavior The Influence of Psychology a Aristotle believed that the mind was in the heart and that therefore personality also came from the heart b The impact of physiology on the emergence of psychology changed this perception i Scientific discoveries demonstrated that the scientific method could be applied to behavior and mental processes c Ren Descartes 1560 1650 created a doctrine called interactive dualism i Interactive dualism mind and body are separate entities that interact to produce sensations emotions and other conscious experiences d Nature vs Nurture Issue today this involves the focus on the interaction of the environment and genetics



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