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1 Unit 1: Psychology’s History and Approaches

2 Unit 01 - Overview Psychology’s History?
Psychology’s Big Issues and Approaches Careers in Psychology Click on the any of the above hyperlinks to go to that section in the presentation.


4 Psychology’s Roots Prescientific Psychology
Ancient Greeks B.C.E.: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle Socrates and Plato believed that the mind is separable from body and knowledge is born within us Aristotle believed that knowledge is not preexisting but grows from experiences and observations

5 Prescientific Psychology
•Rene Descartes: 1600s – mind and body are distinct with “animal spirits” that flowed from brain cavities to nerves to muscles in body •Francis Bacon- human mind perceives patterns in random events & looks for order (Novum Organuum)

6 Prescientific Psychology
•John Locke- the mind at birth is a Tabula Rasa (blank slate) and we grow from experiences •Empiricism- what we know comes from experience and observation and experimentation enable scientific knowledge

7 Psychology’s Roots Psychological Science is Born
Wilhelm Wundt (1879) First experiment at University of Leipzig: reaction time experiment New science of psychology G. Stanley Hall

8 Psychology’s Roots Thinking About the Mind’s Structure
Edward Titchener Structuralism Structural elements of the mind Introspection Report elements of one’s experiences

9 Psychology’s Roots Thinking About the Mind’s Function
William James Functionalism – thinking about the evolved functions of our thoughts and feelings Aligned with Darwin Mary Calkins – 1st Female PhD candidate

10 Psychology’s Roots Thinking About the Mind’s Function
Margaret Floy Washburn Experimental psychology – explore behavior and thinking with experiments

11 Psychological Science Develops
Sigmund Freud – how our unconscious thought processes affect our behavior

12 Psychological Science Develops
Behaviorism- scientific study of observable behavior and learned associations John Watson & Rosalie Raynor

13 Psychological Science Develops
Behaviorism B.F. Skinner “study of observable behavior” conditioning

14 Psychological Science Develops
Humanistic psychology: how love and acceptance nurture or limit our growth potential Carl Rogers Abraham Maslow

15 Psychological Science Develops
•Cognitive Psychology = Neuroscience •Understanding how the brain works and responds to stimuli

16 Psychological Science Develops
Psychology Science of Behavior and Mental processes


18 Psychology’s Biggest Question
Nature – Nurture Issue Biology versus experience History Greeks Rene Descartes Charles Darwin Natural selection

19 Psychology’s Three Main Levels of Analysis
Biological Psychological Social-cultural Biopsychosocial Approach

20 Psychology’s Three Main Levels of Analysis

21 Psychological Approaches/Perspectives
Behavioral perspective Biological perspective Cognitive perspective Evolutionary perspective Humanistic perspective Psychodynamic perspective Social-cultural perspective


23 Psychology’s Subfields
Psychometrics Basic Research Biological psychologists Developmental psychologists Cognitive psychologists Educational psychologists Personality psychologists Social psychologists

24 Psychology’s Subfields
Applied Research Industrial/organizational psychologists Human factors psychologists Counseling psychologists Clinical psychologists Psychiatrists Positive psychology Community psychologists


26 Basic Research Subfields
Cognitive psychologists Developmental psychologists Educational psychologists Experimental psychologists Psychometric and Quantitative Psychologists Social psychologists

27 Applied Research Subfields
Forensic psychologists Health psychologists Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists Neuropsychologists Rehabilitation psychologists School psychologists Sport psychologists

28 The Helping Professions
Clinical psychologists Community psychologists Counseling psychologists

29 Empiricism = the view that knowledge originates in experience and that science should, therefore, rely on observation and experimentation.

30 Structuralism = early school of thought promoted by Wundt and Titchner; used introspection to reveal the structure of the human mind.

31 Functionalism = a school of thought promoted by James and influenced by Darwin; explored how mental and behavioral processes function – how they enable the organism to adapt, survive, and flourish.

32 Experimental Psychology
= the study of behavior and thinking using the experimental method.

33 Behaviorism = the view that psychology (1) should be an objective science that (2) studies behavior without reference to mental processes. Most research psychologists today agree with (1) but not with (2).

34 Humanistic Psychology
= a historically significant perspective that emphasized the growth potential of healthy people.

35 Cognitive Neuroscience
= the interdisciplinary study of the brain activity linked with cognition (including perception, thinking, memory, and language).

36 Psychology = the science of behavior and mental processes.

37 Nature-Nurture Issue = the longstanding controversy over the relative contributions that genes and experience make to the development of psychological traits and behaviors. Today’s science sees traits and behaviors arising from the interaction of nature and nurture.

38 Natural Selection = the principle that, among the range of inherited trait variations, those contributing to reproduction and survival will most likely be passed on to succeeding generations.

39 Levels of Analysis = the differing complementary views, from biological to psychological to social-cultural, for analyzing any given phenomenon.

40 Biopsychosocial Approach
= an integrated approach that incorporates biological, psychological, and social-cultural levels of analysis.

41 Behavioral Psychology
= the scientific study of observable behavior, and its explanation by principles of learning.

42 Biological Psychology
= the scientific study of the links between biological (genetic, neural, hormonal) and psychological processes. Some biological psychologists call themselves behavioral neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, behavior geneticists, physiological psychologists, or biopsychologists.

43 Cognitive Psychology = the scientific study of all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating.

44 Evolutionary Psychology
= the study of the evolution of behavior and mind, using principles of natural selection.

45 Psychodynamic Psychology
= a branch of psychology that studies how unconscious drives and conflicts influence behavior, and uses that information to treat people with psychological disorders.

46 Social-Cultural Psychology
= the study of how situations and cultures affect our behavior and thinking.

47 Psychometrics = the scientific study of the measurement of human abilities, attitudes, and traits.

48 Basic Research = pure science that aims to increase the scientific knowledge base.

49 Developmental Psychology
= a branch of psychology that studies physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the life span.

50 Educational Psychology
= the study of how psychological processes affect and can enhance teaching and learning.

51 Personality Psychology
= the study of an individual’s characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting.

52 Social Psychology = the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.

53 Applied Research = scientific study that aims to solve practical problems.

54 Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychologists
= the application of psychological concepts and methods to optimizing human behavior in workplaces.

55 Human Factors Psychologists
= an I/O subfield that explores how people and machines interact and how machines and physical environments can be made safe and easy to use.

56 Counseling Psychology
= a branch of psychology that assists people with problems in living (often related to school, work, and marriage) and in achieving greater well-being.

57 Clinical Psychology = a branch of psychology that studies, assesses, and treat people with psychological disorders.

58 Psychiatry = a branch of medicine dealing with psychological disorders; practiced by physicians who often provide medical (for example, drug) treatments as well as psychological therapy.

59 Positive Psychology = the scientific study of human functioning, with the goals of discovering and promoting strengths and virtues that help individuals and communities to thrive.

60 Community Psychology = a branch of psychology that studies how people interact with their social environments and how social institutions affect individuals and groups.

61 Testing Effect = enhanced memory after retrieving, rather than simply rereading information. Also sometimes referred to as a retrieval practice effect or test-enhanced learning.

62 SQ3R = a study method incorporating five steps; Survey, Question, Read, Rehearse, Review.

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