Chapter 1-Psychology

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Psychology

The scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

Understanding

In psychology, understanding is achieved when the causes of behavior can be stated.

Critical Thinking

Ability to reflect on, evaluate, compare, analyze, critique,and snthesize information.

Pseudopsychology

Any false and unscientific beliefs and practices that is offered as an explanation of behavior.

Scientific Method

A form of critical thinking based on careful measurement and controlled observation.

William Wundt

1832-1920. The father of Psychology (Laboratory).

Psychiatrist

A medical doctor with defense training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Naturalistic Observation

Observing and recording behavior in naturally occurring situations without trying to manipulate and control the situation.

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