The discipline concerned with behavior and mental processes and how they are affected by an organism's physical state, mental state, and external environment.
off brand psychology. A main stream media of easy fixes and answers to life's problems and challenges.
a theory that many peoples strengths, skills, and traits are related to parts of their brains and can be determined by the shape of their sculls.
One of Wilhem Wundt's students who modified his work and gave it the name _______
E.B. Tichener, structuralism
To analyze sensations, images, and feelings into basic elements. For example an individual would be asked to break down patterns in a sound or describe different components of taste when biting into an orange.
Focuses on what happens when and organism does something, and how and why they do it. Influenced by charles Darwin, the answers to these questions all have a particular reason mentally as a way of adapting to survival.
Listening to a patients symptoms such as nervousness and anxiety and diagnosing them based on mental symptoms opposed to physical.
How bodily events affect behavior, feelings, and thoughts. ex. impulses shot along intricate pathway, hormones releasing...etc
How the environment and experience affect a person's actions. Focuses on environmental rewards and punishers the maintain and discourage specific behaviors
What goes on in peoples heads. how people reason, remember, understand language, solve problems, explain experiences, acquire moral standards, and form beliefs.
Focuses on social and cultural forces outside the individual. forces that shape every aspect of behavior form how we kiss to where we eat.
Deals with unconscious dynamic within the individual. Digs below the persons behavior to get to unconscious roots.
Rejected the two dominant psychological approaches of the time, psychoanalysis and behaviorism.
Rejected Psychoanalysis with its emphasis on dangerous sexual and aggressive impulses as too pessimistic a view of human nature. Overlooked human resilience and the capacity for joy.
Rejected Behaviorism with its emphasis on observable acts as too mechanistic and mindless a view of human nature. Ignored what really matters to humans, their uniques hopes and aspirations.
Believed that human behavior is not completely determined by either unconscious behaviors or the environments. People are capable of free will and therefore have the ability to make more of themselves.
Emerged in the 1970s and noted that a majority of psychological experiments had only been done on young white males in the middle class. They opened the door to experiments and research on all humans regardless of sex, age or gender.
Spurred the growth of research on menstruation, motherhood, the dynamics of power and sexuality relationships, definitions of masculinity and femininity, gender roles, and sexist attitudes.
concerned with practical uses of psychological knowledge. Try to apple basic psychology in a practical manner to everyday life.
Major non-clinical specialties
Experimental, educational, developmental, industrial, and psychometric.
conduct lab studies of learning, motivation, emotion, sensation and perception, physiology, and cognition.
study psychological principles that explain learning and search for ways to improve educational systems.
study how people change and grow over time physical, mental and socially.
design and evaluate test of mental abilities, aptitudes, interest, and personality.
an organized system of assumptions and principles that purports to explain certain phenomena and how they are related.
allow researchers to describe and predict behavior but not necessarily to choose one explanation offer competing ones.
looking for relationships. know the difference between descriptive and correlational
Five characteristics of an ideal scientist
Precision, skepticism, reliance on empirical evidence, Willingness to make "risky predictions," and oppenness
high values of one variable are associated with high values of the other and that low values of one variable are associated with low values of the other.
means that high values of one variable are associated with low values of the other.
study in which people are followed and periodically reassessed over a period of time.
controlled test of hypothesis in which the researcher manipulates on variable to discover the affects on another.
In test construction, the consistency of scores derived from a test, from one time and place to another.
questionnaires and interviews that ask people directly about their experiences, attitudes or opinions.
a procedure for assigning people to experimental and control groups in which each individual has the same probability as any other of being assigned to a given group.
An inactive substance or fake treatment used as a control in experiment or given by a medical practitioner to a patient.
an experiment in which participants do not know whether they are in an experimental or control group.
unintended changes in study participants behavior due to cues inadvertently given by the experimenter.
Double blind study
an experiment in which neither the people being studied nor the individuals running the study know who is the control group and who is in the experimental group.
an average that calculated by adding up a set of quantities and dividing the sum by the total number of quantities in the set.
statistical tests that show how likely it is that a studys results occurred merely by chance.
anyone who participates in a human study must do so voluntarily and be well informed.