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AP Psychology 500 Flashcard Set from Barron's

500 Flashcards with need-to-know information from Barron's
Wilhelm Wundt
(1832-1920) - set up the first psychological laboratory in an apartment near the university at Leipzig, Germany; trained subjects in introspection. Subjects were asked to accurately record their cognitive reactions to simple stimuli
Technique used by Wilhelm Wundt who asked subjects to accurately record their cognitive reactions to simple stimuli; through this process, Wundt hoped to examine basic mental processes
William James
(1842-1910)- published The Principles of Psychology, the science's first textbook; described functionalism
theory decribed by William James; examines how the mental processes described by Wilhelm Wundt function in our lives
Max Wertheimer
(1880-1943)- Gestalt psychologist; argued against dividing human thought into discrete structures; Gestalt psychology tried to examine a person's total experience because the way we experience the world is more than just an accumulation of various perceptual experiences; Gestalt theorists demonstrated that the whole experience is often more than just the sum of the parts of the experience
Sigmund Freud
(1856- 1939)- Believed he discovered the unconscious mind, a part of our mind over which we do not have conscious control that determines how we think and behave; propsed that we must examine the unconscious mind through dream analysis, word association, and other psychoanalytic therapy techniques if we are to understand human thouhgt and behavior truly; he has been criticized for bein unscientific and creating unverifiable theories
Psychoanalytic Theory
described by Sigmund Freud; based on the unconscious mind: a part of our mind over which we do not have conscious control that determines, in part, how we think and behave
John Watson
(1878- 1958)- declared that psychology must limit itself to observable phenomena, not unobersvable concepts like the unconcious mind, if it is to be considered a science; wanted to establish behaviorism as the dominant paradigm of psychology. Behaviorists maintain that psychologists should look at only behavior and its causes---stimuli (environmental events) and response (physical reactions)--- and not concern themselves with describing the elements of consciousness
Ivan Pavlov
(1849- 1936)- performed pioneering conditioning experiments on dogs; these experiments led to the development of the classical conditioning model of learning
B. F. Skinner
(1904-1990)- expanded the basic idea of behaviorism to include the idea of reinforcement: environmental stimuli that either encourage or discourage certain responses; helped establish and popularize the operant conditioning model or learning; Skinner's intellectual influence lasted for decades
Maintains that psychologists should look at behavior and causes of behavior and concern themselves with describing elements of consciousness; dominant school of thought in psychology from the 1920s throught the 1960s
Humanist Perspective
The humanists, including theorists Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) and Carl Rogers (1902- 1987), stressed individual choice and free will. This contrast with the deterministic behaviorisits who theorized that all behaviors are caused by past conditioning; Humanists believe that we choose most of our behaviors which are guided by physiological, emotional or spiritual needs.