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Lecture 1- September 11, 2012 What is personality psychology?  Cognitive psychology: science of basic cognitive processes (i.e. memory, attention, perception) o Research question ex: why do some people have better memories than others?  Neuropsychology: science of connection between brain and the mind (how the brain carry out our actions)  Social psychology: science of social influences on psychological processes (i.e. social influence) o Research question ex: why do people respond differently to rejection by others?  Developmental psychology: science of changes in psychological processes over the life span (how does aging influence the way we think and behave) o Research question ex: why are some children more afraid of strangers than others?  Personality psychology differs from the rest because it can vary from one person to another; recognizes that we are all unique individuals; different methods of research (i.e. more self- evaluation) ; focus on variations among people that are good/positive o i.e. extraversion help to build social relationships o introversion helps people to study and get bored less easily o Other areas of psychology assume we are all alike (i.e. “people” would do this rather than “Jane” would do this...)  Abnormal psychology- assumes people differ from each other (thus somewhat similar to
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