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Introduction To Psychology Key Terms and Main Ideas
Terms in this set (14)
The scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
The science that studies behavior physiological and cognitive processes
ˇhe profession that applies the accumulated knowledge of this science to practical problems.
What is a Psychological response?
Body's physical response to a given simulates
Ex: stuttering, shivers, goosebumps, sweating, etc
Observable or measurable actions of people and animals
EX: brain waves heartbeat blood pressure
Thinking or whats going on in your brain cognitive
Private, unobservable, mental processes
Ex: dreams perceptions thoughts and memories
Theoretical entities or concepts that enable one to discuss something that can't be seen, touched or measured directly (they are emotions)
A set of assumptions about why something is the way it is and happens the way it does
In most cases it can be applied - but there is a chance the theory can be wrong
A rule or a law
Ex: Universal law
Goals Of Psychology
Fits with the motto Know thyself
True or False: Psychology is a science
How is Psychology a social science and natural science?
Social Science - how they act
Natural science - biology like looking at the brain
(soft science) the study of the individual and their mental processes are the focus of psychology
(hard science) the study of nature and the physical world; examining how things function
Ex: Looking at the brain
the scientific method
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