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The view that knowledge originates in experience and that science should therefore rely on observation and experimentation.
Developed by Edward Bradford Titchener, it focused on self-reflection and introspection. Highly unreliable.
A school of psychology that focused on how our mental and behavioral processes enable us to adapt, survive, and flourish.
The study of behavior and thinking using the experimental method.
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 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 thinking including perception, thinking, memory, and language.
The science of behavior and mental processes.
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 the two.
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.
Levels 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 concerned with the links between biology and behavior.
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.