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Psychology Week 1

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PSYC 100
Ingrid Johnsrude

What is Psychology? One of the most common questions asked by students new to the study of psychology is "What is psychology?" Misconceptions created by popular media as well as the diverse careers paths of those holding psychology degrees have contributed this confusion. Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behavior. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behavior. App... mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics and many other areas affecting health and daily life. What is Psychology? Is it a science? Yes, “science of the mind” It is also a practice. We try to apply the science of Psychology to helping individuals with mental disorders. What is Clinical Psychology? Providing social care umbrella Clinical assessment Biological treatments (drugs) Talking Cure’s Research Earliest history can be traced back to the time of the early Greeks. During the 17th-century, the French philosopher Rene Descartes introduced the idea of dualism, which asserted that the mind and body were two separate entities that interact to form the human experience. Philosophers relied on observation and logic, today’s psychologists utilize scientific methodologies to study and draw conclusions about human thought and behavior. Physiology also contributed. The field and study of psychology was truly born when Wihelm Wundt established the 1st Psych Lab in Germany. Wundt's research utilized a school of thought known as structuralism describing the structures that compose the mind the analysis of sensations and feelings through the use of introspection, a highly subjective process. The experimental methods used to study the structuralism (introspection) led to a lack of reliability in results. Functionalism formed as a reaction to the structuralism and was heavily influenced by the work of William James and Charles Darwin. Sought to explain mental processes in a more accurate manner. Focus was on purpose of consciousness and behaviour, emphasizing individual differences, which had large effect on education. Sigmund Freud's theories of psychosexual stages, the unconscious, and dream symbols remain popular today Founder of psychoanalysis and the psychodynamic approach to psychology. This school of thought emphasized the influence of the unconscious mind on behaviour. ID, EGO, Superego Many of Freud's observations and theories were based on clinical cases and case studies, difficult to
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