contemporary psych perspectives

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biological perspective

emphasizes studying the physical bases of human and animal behavior, including the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, and genetics

psychodynamic perspective

emphasizes the importance of unconscious influences, early life experiences, and interpersonal relationships in explaining the underlying dynamics of behavior or in treating people with psychological problems

behavioral perspective

study how behavior is acquired or modified by environmental consequences. Focuses on observable behaviors and the fundamental laws of learning

humanistic psychology

school of psychology and theoretical viewpoint that emphasizes each person's unique potential for psychological growth and self- direction

humanistic perspective

focuses on the motivation of people to grow psychologically, the influence of interpersonal relationships on a person's self-concept, and the importance of choice and self-direction in striving to reach one's potential

cognitive perspective

focuses on the important role of mental process in how people process information, develop language, solve problems, and think

cross cultural/sociocultural perspective

focuses on studying the diversity of human behavior in different cultural settings and countries

evolutionary perspective

the application of the principals of evolution to explain psychological processes and phenomena

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