the view that knowledge originates in experience and that science should, therefore, rely on observation and experimentation
a school of psychology that focused on how our mental and behavioral processes function-how they enable us to adapt, survive and flourish
historically significant perspective that emphasized the growth potential of healthy people and the individual's potential for personal growth
the interdisciplinary study of the brain activity linked with cognition (including perception, thinking, memory, and language)
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
the principle that, among the range of inherited trait variations, those contributing to reproduction and survival with most likely be passed on to succeeding generations
level of analysis
the differing complementary views, from biological to psychological to social-cultural, for analyzing any given phenomenon
an integrated approach that incorporates biological, psychological, and social-cultural levels of analysis
a branch of psychology that studies the links between biological (including neuroscience and behavior genetics) and psychological processes
the study of the roots of behavior and mental processes using the principles of natural selection
a branch of psychology that studies how unconscious drives and conflicts influence behavior, and uses that information to treat people with psychological disorders
the scientific study of observable behavior, and its explanation by principles of learning
the scientific study of all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicatin
the study of how situations and cultures affect our behavior and thinking
the scientific study of physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the life span
the study of how psychological processes affect and can enhance teaching and learning
the study of an individual's characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling and acting
industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology
the application of psychological concepts and methods to optimizing human behavior in workplaces
human factors psychology
the study of how people and machines interact and the design of safe and easily used machines and environments
a branch of psychology that assists people with problems in living (often related to school, work, or marriage) and in achieving greater well-being
a branch of psychology that studies, assesses, and treats people with psychological disorders
a branch of medicine dealing with psychological disorders; practiced by physicians who often provide medical treatments as well as psychological therapy
a method of exploring conscious mental processes adopted by the Structuralists; subjects were asked to look inward and report their sensations and perceptions.
a general approach to gathering information and answering questions so that errors and biases are minimized.
an early school of psychology that used introspection to explore the elements of the human mind.
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).
the scientific study of all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating.
an organized whole. Emphasizes our tendency to integrate pieces of information into meaningful wholes.
the study of the roots of behavior and mental processes using the principles of natural selection.
a branch of psychology that studies the links between biological (including neuroscience and behavior genetics) and psychological processes.
a psychological viewpoint emphasizing that each individual has great freedom in directing his or her fortune, considerable capacity for achieving personal growth, intrinsic worth, and enormous potential for self-fulfillment.
a branch of psychology that studies how unconscious drives and conflicts influence behavior, and uses that information to treat people with psychological disorders.
the scientific study of physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the lifespan.
the study of an individual's characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting.
wrote "Principles of Psychology" and helped establish psychology as a serious discipline; regarded consciousness as a stream or flow of images and sensations.
known for discovering classical conditioning—An unconditional stimulus naturally elicits a reflexive behavior called an unconditional response. But with repeated pairings with a neutral stimulus, the neutral stimulus will elicit the response. Dog salivation, etc.
Four-stage theory of cognitive development. 1. Sensorimotor, 2. Preoperational, 3. Concrete Operational, & 4. Formal Operational. He said that two basic processes work in tandem to achieve cognitive growth: assimilation & accommodation.
Humanistic psychology—the theory that emphasizes the unique quality of humans especially their freedom and potential for personal growth.
operant conditioning—techniques to manipulate the consequences of an organism's behavior in order to observe the effects of subsequent behavior.