8 terms

contemporary psych perspectives

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