Presentation on theme: "Why Do We Study Psychology? Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Behavior is any action that can be observed or measured. Behavior."— Presentation transcript:
Why Do We Study Psychology? Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. Behavior is any action that can be observed or measured. Behavior can be automatic i.e. heart rate, blood pressure, digestion…
Cognitive Activities are defined as mental processes. Examples: dreams, perceptions, thoughts,and memories. ** Emotions affect both behavior and mental processes. ** Psychological constructs: constructs are used to discuss something that one cannot see, touch, or measure directly.
Goals of Psychology Observe, describe, explain, predict, and control. Sports Psychologists help athletes figure out what causes stress or anxiety or stalling out and they help them learn to control and work with those emotions to overcome them.
Is Psychology a natural or social science? Officially a social science, has foundations and similarities in the natural sciences. Social sciences; history, economics, anthropology, political science, sociology. All social sciences concern the interactions of human behaviors in society. Psychologists test ideas through research. Like the natural sciences they use scientific method to test theories and principles. Theories and principles predict and explain behavior. If found inaccurate they are thrown out or revised.
What Psychologists Do Make a chart in your notes and list the following. Clinical Counseling School Educational Developmental Personality Social Experimental Other specialties. Get into 9 groups you will be assigned one of the following types of psychologists. List all of the things that they do on your chart. You will then present your group to the class. You will be responsible for having all of the information in your notes.