AP Psychology. Units 1 & 2. Psychology’s Roots. Prescientific Psychology Is the mind connected to the body or distinct? Are ideas inborn or is the mind a blank slate filled by experience? . Psychology’s Roots. Prescientific Psychology Empiricism Wilhelm Wundt
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Units 1 & 2
Psychologists, like all scientists, use the scientific method to construct theories that organize observations and imply testable hypotheses
The Amazing Randi—Skeptic
Psychologists describe behavior using case studies, surveys, and naturalistic observation
Is language uniquely human?
(positive or negative)
r = +.37
(0.00 to 1.00)
Correlation and Scattergram
No relationship (0.00)
Scatterplots, showing patterns of correlations
Can laboratory experiments illuminate everyday life?
Does behavior depend on one’s culture?
What is culture?
Does behavior vary with gender?
Why do psychologists study animals?
Is it ethical to experiment on animals?
Is it ethical to experiment on people?
Is psychology free of value judgments?
Is psychology potentially dangerous?