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Psychology as a Science. The Goal of Psychology : Empirical study of human behavior and cognition. To describe….. To understand …. To predict…. To control …. . How the mind works. How the body works. How the mind and body influence : feelings, thoughts, and actions. Where and What….

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the goal of psychology empirical study of human behavior and cognition
The Goal of Psychology :Empirical study of human behavior and cognition.

To describe…..

To understand ….

To predict….

To control ….

where and what

How the mind works

How the body works

How the mind and body influence : feelings, thoughts, and actions.

Where and What….

Philosophy

Physiology

+ new ideas

Psychology

early isms of psychology
Early “isms” of Psychology
  • Structuralism
    • Wilhelm Wundt
    • Structure of consciousness [mind]
    • Introspection
  • Functionalism
    • William James
    • How consciousness helped us to evolve
    • Influenced by Darwinism

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early isms of psychology1
Early “isms” of Psychology
  • Behaviorism
    • John Watson & B.F. Skinner
    • Focus only on what is observable
    • Narrowed and Extended the field
  • Other Influences
    • Freud and the unconscious
    • Humanistic Psychologist
    • Cognitive Revolution and technology

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psychology today
Who are Psychologists?

Clinicians

Counselors

Instructors

Consultants/Coaches

Legal/Medical fields

Schools/Measurement

What are Psychologist?

First and foremost, psychologists are investigators.

Role as problem solver whether it be disorders or explain human interaction.

Psychology Today
grand issues of psychology
Grand Issues of Psychology
  • Stability vs. Change
  • Nature vs. Nurture
  • Rational vs. Irrational
different perspective different questions
Different Perspective….Different Questions….
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Weight Control
  • Low Productivity