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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 215
Professor
Michael Sullivan
Semester
Winter

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Tuesday, January 10 , 2011 Origins Turning the clock back to the early 1900s, the type of questions important in psychology (just a science) were:  Psychophysics: how long it takes you to make a certain type of decision/detect a certain type of stimuli (mechanistic view of the mind)  Cognition/Learning: how people learn things (experiments where you had to learn long lists of words, and they looked at what you remembered)  Psychopathology: clinical part of psychology; when human being’s developments bring them off track and they experience difficulties. What is the source of the difficulties? How do they get like that? But some psychologists thought that this didn’t tell the whole story. What was missing? People often say relationships are the most important things in their lives (therefore shouldn’t we study these more?). Groups also have a big influence on behavior (eg: Vancouver riot; people never riot on their own). Violence is something characteristic of our species. It affects our relationships between people, countries, etc. On the other hand, people do things that are very selfless; altruism. Etc… Star Trek Video 1 Pick up lines and relationships; you need to meet, say something to each other. We will study the interchange that lead people to be attracted to one another, and what are the building blocks or relationships. Star Trek Video 2 Sometimes you need exit lines for a relationship as well. What happens as relationships dissolve? Star Trek Video 3 When you start a relationship, there are certain scripts that you will follow, in anticipation that the other person understands the context. We will study such scripts. Anger Management Video Theories discussed anger as something that builds up under pressure inside of you, and the idea is that unless the aggression was let out, it would lead to other psychiatric problems. Star Trek Video 4 Putting yourself in danger in order to protect someone else; why would someone do this? It is against evolutionary tendency; if you die, you cannot pass on genetic material. What propels people to do nice things? Star Trek Video 5 Maybe it is something about feeling for someone else. When we see someone else suffer, we seem to suffer as well. This is strange in a species. It is postulated that empathy is often the motivation to help. Smoking is Believing Day to day, there is information around that has as its primary goal to change the way that we think and ultimately behave. How does the commerce world manipulate information to do so? Social Psychology: The Beginning The type of thinking that gave rise to the models we will discuss. From the dawn of ages As soon as humans had the rudiments of a mind, they began to reflect on that mind. The first evidence of writing comes from when people started writing on rock (in sand and on trees didn’t really last). This is the first we know about how people used language. The Greek Philosophers Made efforts on how to understand human nature and the mind. Plato said that the forces that govern the mind are distinct from what governs the body (dualism). Aristotle believed that we have fluids in the body, and health depended on relative equilibrium of these fluids. He was one of the first to propose the notion of associationism; things that are similar are more likely to be remembered. The Renaissance Flurry of activity with a lot of thinkers sharing our ideas about the human condition. Renee Descartes More accurate to consider him an interactionalist. Early on he knew that the human mind did not control everything in the body (eg: we cannot stop a startle response). So he considered the mind and the body to be separate, but not completely independent. De Rene Descartes Illustration of one of the models that he put forth. Fire opened up pores in the body, spirits went through the pores, eventually to the brain, where the person can experience the pain. Now the idea has not changed much; there is an assault on the body, and the signal travels to the brain. Descartes thought that pain was completely an experience of the body. Now this has changed; psychological factors played an important role in how people are experiencing their pain. Next Slide This is what this tells us. He is basically thinking of the body as something separate form the mind. He says that all of the things that the body needs to survive does not require the psyche to function (eg: you don’t need to think about breathing). He considered the inside of the body to be sort of mechanistic, and the mind is not part of it. Next Slide He was a purist in that everything that you do is driven by your spirit, except something like inhibition of surprise response. Therefore there is incomplete control over the body. One thing that he had trouble with was that at the time they struggled with the truth of nature; what existence and reality is all about. This suggested that there is an objective external reality (without one there would be no quest to figure it out). But since perceptions filter information before it gets to your mind (senses), this means that there is something about you that changes the perception of external information; therefore it is always altered. Thomas Hobbes Similar perspective to Descartes. He thought of the body as mechanistic. He thought that objects in the world created vibrations in your senses that became perceptions. He though
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