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2010,08,25

General psychology research requirement

You must either

1 participate in a research experiment

2 write a reaction paper in response to an article on an area of research in psychology

3 take the brief strengths test at

The Evolution of Psychology Chapter 1

Psychology

The science that studies behavior and the physiological and cognitive process that underlie it.

The profession that applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to practical problems.

What is scientific study?

Systematic : step by step (asking and answering questions) using scientific method. Objective observation: no bias

Behavior

Any action we can observe ,measure, and record objectively.

Cognitive processes

The mental processes involved in acquiring knowledge (thinking)

Physiological processes

Bodily activity that includes the functions and parts of a living organism. In the beginning “soul, spirit, mind” Greek philosophers

Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920)”mind, conscious, mental processes”

The founder of Psychology 1879: marks formal birth of psychology. Wundt opens 1st research lab.

Defined psych:”the scientific study of the conscious experience”

Wrote the first book in psycho

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